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The City Of Denver and Bank One Announce Partnership to Assist Museo De Las Américas
Mayor John Hickenlooper joined District 9 Councilwoman Judy Montero, Bank One President Wayne Hutchens, and Museo de las Américas Interim President Olga Garcia on Thursday to announce a partnership to help the nonprofit Museo regain financial stability.
“As the region’s foremost museum dedicated exclusively to Latino art, history and culture of the Americas, it is a cherished community treasure that we could not afford to lose,” Mayor Hickenlooper said. “Through this partnership with Bank One, I am delighted that the Museo will remain an anchor of the growing Santa Fe corridor and a vital part of our city’s cultural vibrancy and diversity.”
The Museo’s existing $750,000 loan with Bank One on an auxiliary building was in default. The City of Denver’s economic development department bought the loan for $495,000 and Bank One forgave the remaining balance, thus providing a grant of $255,000. The City’s one-year, no-interest loan to Museo will be repaid in full by proceeds from the sale of the Museo’s auxiliary building, which is currently under contract.
“On behalf of the Museo de las Americas’ members and supporters, we thank Mayor Hickenlooper and his Office of Economic Development as well as Bank One for helping the Museo regain financial stability,” said Olga Garcia, interim president of Museo de las Américas. “Their support will enable the Museo to continue offering world-class exhibitions and education programs to the public.”
“The sustainable future of the cultural arts movement, and the Museo de las Américas has been a top priority for me,” said District 9 Councilwoman Judy Montero. “The Board of Directors and staff at the Museo have had a vision that has served as a catalyst towards the artistic renaissance along Santa Fe Drive. The continued success of the Museo and the other galleries will help to shape the legacy of the entire arts district along Santa Fe Drive. It is important to the City of Denver, and I applaud the Mayor and his Office of Economic Development for their continued and unwavering commitment to the arts throughout my district.”
Following the news conference, photojournalist David Alexander Björkman led a tour of the Museo’s new exhibit, The Maya Ballgame. Running through December 18, 2004, the exhibit features Björkman’s fine art photographs documenting the emergence of the Mayan ballgame into modern times through striking images of ballgame rituals, the players and Mayan architecture. Other special dates related to the exhibit are a Photographer’s Talk on October 14 at 7:00pm ($2 for members/$7 for non-members) and Family Free Day on November 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Regular museum hours are 10am - 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Admission prices are $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, free admittance for members and children under the age of 13.
The Museo de las Américas is the Rocky Mountain Region's foremost museum dedicated exclusively to Latino art, history and culture of the Americas from ancient times to the present. The Museum is centrally located in the Historic Santa Fe Arts District, 861 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, please call the museum at 303-571-4401 or visit www.museo.org.
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