ArtWorks Loveland is a career accelerator for mid-career visual artists. The program has an emphasis on providing time, space and artistic interaction for the creation of challenging visual art in a market driven world. The program is a multiphase project spanning 5 to 10 years starting with artist studios in its downtown Loveland building. The Erion Foundation founded this non-profit organization in 2011 and plans to have it financially self-sufficient by 2020.
Located on the campus of Loveland’s Mountain View High School, the Mountain View Aquatic Center opened in October 2002. The aquatic center offers two pools: an eight-lane competition pool and a warm-water leisure pool. The leisure pool features a zero-depth entry, small slide, and two 1-meter diving boards. The Erion Foundation, community members, other foundations, and members of the Erion family helped fund this project.
Colorado Youth Outdoors (CYO) is a family-based program that brings teenagers and their parents together in educational outdoor activities. In 2007, CYO acquired Swift Ponds nature area. The Erion Foundation funded a portion of an open-air facility named the Erion Pavilion. The pavilion is the first structure on the property and will be used primarily as a sheltered learning center for the organization. The Erion Pavilion was completed in October 2010.
The Loveland Public Library is expanding and renovating the current library building to update and increase the services it provides for the community. The expansion will add nearly 27,000 sq feet of public space. New features and services will include additional meeting rooms, a dedicated teen area, a genealogy and local history center, a business center, a dedicated classroom, and a café, all in a LEED-certified, green and sustainable building. The Erion Foundation has been working with the Friends of the Loveland Public Library and the City of Loveland to help fund the project. A meeting room on the second level of the library is named after the Erion Foundation.
An OmniGlobe system is a large spherical display that shows amazing representations of the Earth and surrounding planets. The OmniGlobe project started in 2009 after the Erion Foundation board of directors toured Loveland’s ARC Science Simulations facility. The Erion Foundation envisioned the system to be used as a portable teaching tool to enhance the science and social studies curriculum in the Loveland’s Thompson School District. The foundation provided the funds for the district to hire one teacher to develop and present a curriculum in district classrooms, based around the OmniGlobe system. The OmniGlobe is now used across the school district to engage students and strengthen their knowledge in science and social studies.