U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum announces summer art workshop series in collaboration with Art of the Olympians and the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation



Colorado Springs, Colo., October 24, 2019 – In celebration of National Art Day, October 25,

the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum (USOPM) announces a summer art workshop series.

Working cooperatively with the Al Oerter Foundation, the Art of the Olympians program, and the

LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, the USOPM has the opportunity to create

vibrant summer programs that best reflect the Museum’s commitment to education. As a

shining beacon of Olympic and Paralympic hopes, dreams, and values in Colorado Springs, the

USOPM will provide access to arts programming for middle school and high school students.

The goal of these three cultural institutions is to provide arts workshops with a focus on

photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and other visual arts. Collaboration among these

partners will provide a unique experience for local youth participants to engage with Olympic

and Paralympic athletes who are also artists. A special session focusing on the works of

legendary painter LeRoy Neiman will highlight his most famous Olympic paintings and their

historical significance.

"Special attention to the arts has always been a part of the vision for the Olympic Movement

and the USOPM is proud to host this unparalleled experience for the Colorado Springs

community," said USOPM CEO Christopher Liedel.

"This historic partnership is an exciting opportunity that fulfills the collective visions of both Al

Oerter, four-time Olympic discus champion, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the

modern Olympic Games. By combining the two universal languages of art and sport into one

unique educational program we can help show the connections and similarities between the

athletic and artistic worlds," said Roald Bradstock, Executive Director of Art of the Olympians,

and two-time Olympian.

"LeRoy considered his involvement with the Olympics a lifelong accomplishment and would

have been pleased to see his Foundation partner with the USOPM and the Al Oerter

Foundation in providing educational arts programming" said Tara Zabor, Executive Director of

the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation.

Additional program details and registration will begin in January 2020 through the U.S. Olympic

& Paralympic Digital Museum at www.usopm.org

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and home of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of

Fame, which is under construction in downtown Colorado Springs, is set to open in the spring of

2020. It will be a dynamic tribute to the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic movements with

inclusive, immersive, and interactive exhibits to ignite the athletic spirit and inspire generations

to come. The museum will go beyond simply being a museum of U.S. sports history but will be a

cultural museum that is focused on social progress and innovation through science and


About the Al Oerter Foundation and the Art of the Olympians program

The Al Oerter Foundation exists to foster character and integrity through sports and the arts. AOF

brings together athletes from the Olympics and the sporting world to promote the highest ethics

of humanity. Through the athletes’ creative talents, AOF provides programs of art, education,

sport and cultural outreach to inspire individuals and communities to uphold the virtues of

excellence above winning and Art of the Olympians is an international program of Olympic and

Paralympic artists teaching Olympic values through exhibitions, educational programs, and

cultural activities.

About the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation

The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation seeks to perpetuate the legacy and

philanthropic spirit of LeRoy Neiman, and to advance and share the impact of his life, his ideals

and artwork in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Foundation supports organizations that

promote the study, improvement and advancement of the arts and provide opportunities for atrisk youth to develop paths to successful futures.



Peter Maiurro, Chief Communications & Business Affairs Officer

pmaiurro@usolympicmuseum.org | +1 719-963-1147

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