Our communities’ norms, manners and behaviors help to define us. They are the psychological gestures on which we build our personal stories. The farmer from the heartland has the “stronger-than-any-contract” hand shake. The Southerner has the irony of the “bless your precious heart” hand flutter. The New Yorker has the armored and very direct street walk.read more
One of the earliest memories my wife and I have together comes from both being cast in the play, Trip to Bountiful, at our college. (If you know the play, she played the beautiful, kind young woman on the bus; I was the sheriff.)read more
My entire life, I have always been that kid in the classroom with her hand up, asking a million questions. Some people might label my desire to ask questions as inquisitive, some might just hope it stops sometime soon. It wasn’t until my work with Arts Integrated Resources that I truly understood the value of a great question.read more
I am the proud dad of two delightful, curious and wiggly boys ages 8 and 11. One of my favorite memories- and I don’t think I am alone- was reading them a story at bedtime.read more
It is Sunday, and I am four hours into cooking a pot of homemade marinara sauce. Periodically, I stir, taste, and tinker again seeking the perfect burst of flavor and balance of acidity. Still, I know something is off. “Aha!” I exclaim.read more
Imagine yourself a young college student pursuing a degree in theatre. You’ve given everything you’ve got in the audition room. A week later you walk to the MSU Denver callboard with hopes of being one of the few chosen to intern as an educational theatre touring artist.read more
First, a couple things you should know about me. I have a deep admiration and love for the arts. I have privately written poetry most of my life but that is the extent of my artistry. However, artists run in my family, my mother’s grandfather was an influential painter in Bolivia and my father’s cousin is Michael Keaton.read more
I’ve worked for Kaiser Permanente for 10 years, all in the Arts Integrated Resources department. For all my years here we’ve been teaching children these health messages:
Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Spend less than 2 hours in front of screens
Get at least 1 hour of physical activity.
Drink 0 sugary beverages.
I can recite those messages in my sleep.read more
Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) has certainly had its fair share of incredible youth interns over the years, and these three blue hair-highlights are no exception. During an interview with Danielle Perez, Rayni Lewis and Lucey Reyes, we are provided a firsthand look at why these three power house youth leaders value their time with Kaiser Permanente.read more
Annalise Pflueger, a senior at Lakewood high school, is the Secretary of the National Honors Society. Like many other kids at her school she’s involved with all kinds of extra-curricular activities such as the theatre program and choir. She loves public speaking, is passionate about cooking, and is also one of the youth leaders in the Jefferson County School District’s Student Health Advisory Council, (SHAC).read more