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What’s Happening: Early Learning Ventures (ELV), Equitas, and Black Cube

Mar 09 2017

At the Merage Foundations, it is our honor to share new and exciting happenings within our three non-profit partnerships! See what’s going on with Early Learning Ventures (ELV), Equitas, and Black Cube.

On February 22, 2017, seven outstanding early childhood administrators from Arapahoe County were honored for their completion of theAim4Excellence National Credential. The Aim4Excellence National Credential is focused on improving the knowledge of early childhood administrators to provide high quality early childhood education to our nation’s youth. This credential requires students to finish nine rigorous modules, each of which take at least 16 hours to complete. These seven leaders within the field of early childhood education are all partners or staff of Early Learning Ventures (ELV). Congratulations to those who completed this credential!

In collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Indiana Criminal Justice, Equitas is hosting the 14th annual Mental Health & Criminal Justice Summit as part of the Course Corrections series. This event will begin on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Indianapolis. Keynote speakers Dr. Mark Munetz from Ohio’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence and David Kaczynski, brother to the so-called Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, will discuss the intersection between severe mental illness and the criminal justice system. Course Corrections anticipates attracting more than 250 law enforcement officials, judges, attorneys, legislators, mental health providers, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and people living with mental illness.

Last night, March 8th, Jon Geiger and Dmitri Obergfell reflected on their established studio practices and production of public artworks at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA). The featured artworks―ROAM and Go Home Bacchus―were commissioned by Black Cube and BMoCA respectively, and can be viewed Lafayette Arts Hub and BMoCA. The artists were joined by the Executive Director of Black Cube, Cortney Lane Stell. ROAM is a large-scale sculpture that combines three familiar icons of the American West―the billboard, neon sign, and tumbleweed. This 26-foot sculpture was designed to travel from location to location, moving to its 4th location and 2nd rooftop installation at the Lafayette Arts Hub on Friday, March 10. Go Home Bacchus is a sculpture by Dmitri Obergfell and part of BMoCA inaugural InsideOut program. For his project, Obergfell has created a 12-foot tall statue of the Greco-Roman god Bacchus, turned on its head and smattered it with paint.