Art & Culture

Cultural Expression and Artistic Innovation

The Merage Foundations invests in art and community development projects that have deep-rooted impact in cultural education and expression.David-DeSilva-2013-website

The Foundations partner with results-oriented nonprofit groups that have a strong education component. The support of organizations such as the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Curious Theatre Company, and the Mizel Museum in Denver, as well as programs like LEVYdance, a dance company based in San Francisco, has allowed these groups to enrich the art experience of community members.

Laura Merage TributeRedLine

Born out of Laura Merage’s passion and first-hand experience as an artist, Laura founded RedLine 2008, a dynamic art center north of downtown Denver in the Five Points neighborhood. RedLine focuses on providing access to art for all through contemporary art exhibitions, an Artist in Residency Program, and award-wining educational and community programs.

RedLine’s annual EPIC Gala began in 2014 and honors founder Laura Merage. Laura’s legacy and commitment to art and culture will continue for years to come through the creation of the Laura Merage Transforming Communities Award.

RedLine offers an eclectic and interesting setting for events, classes or gallery outings. Visit RedLine to see a complete calendar of events and exhibitions.

Black Cube

Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that goes beyond traditional white museum and gallery walls to advance artists’ self-sufficiency and inspires people to discover and appreciate contemporary art. Founded in 2015 by Laura Merage, the institution upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Headquartered in Denver, Black Cube is committed to bringing groundbreaking, site-relational projects to communities locally, nationally, and this year internationally. Black Cube strives to establish itself as an organization that supports artists to produce experimental, community-based projects that further their practice.

The organization’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Cortney Lane Stell, focuses on the historic idea of the ‘curator,’ which means to “care take.” Cortney’s curatorial approach is one of first thinking about the artist, second procuring projects that have the potential to move the artist’s career, and third selecting sites and audiences that can relate to the artwork due to being innately familiar or connected to the work.