The Denver Art Museum (DAM) and Bellco Credit Union announced a major sponsorship of the museum’s Free for Kids program. A supporter of Free for Kids since 2016, Bellco has expanded its investment this year to become the presenting sponsor to continue this important community access program. Launched in 2015, Free for Kids at the DAM supports free general admission to all visitors ages 18 and under, as well as $5 admission to all special ticketed exhibitions. The program extends free general admission to youth group field trips and summer camps, too.
“With this generous support from Bellco Credit Union, the Denver Art Museum continues to lower the barriers to museum access and welcome all young people — from preschoolers to teenagers — to explore world cultures and their own creativity at the museum,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We are thrilled that more than 800,000 kids have attended the museum for free since Free for Kids launched in 2015. Studies show time and again that access to museums and art education experience during childhood build greater quality of life and academic achievement, and a greater sense of empathy and cultural understanding.”
“This partnership allows Bellco and the Denver Art Museum to engage families, teens, schools, community groups and youth organizations across Colorado through the museum’s learning and engagement programs that leverage exhibitions and collections to engage youth visitors,” said Bellco Board Chair Steven Angelier.
This summer at the DAM, Free for Kids includes access to the museum’s new and renovated collection galleries in the Martin Building, featuring Indigenous arts of North America, Latin American art, arts of the ancient Americas, arts of Asia, photography, textile arts and fashion and western American art. The soon-to-open galleries in the Hamilton Building, featuring arts of Africa, arts of Oceania and modern and contemporary art will be accessible with Free for Kids. Additionally, Bellco members receive general admission to the DAM on the second full weekend of each month.
Exhibitions on view this summer included with Free for Kids are Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography and Near East to Far West: Fictions of French and American Colonialism (closing May 22 and May 29, respectively), Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnston Collection and Desert Rider: Dreaming in Motion (opening July 9). Free for Kids also includes hands-on gallery activities as well as artmaking in the Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center and the Landscape Studio. Free for Kids is presented by Bellco Credit Union.
For museum information, visit denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000.
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