Center for Visual Art

In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our community.

Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For June, Kevin Raines selected the Center for Visual Art. We chatted with Kevin to learn more about this organization and his relationship with them.

The Center for Visual Art is a unique entity, operating as the off-campus art gallery for Metro State University. In addition “to serv(ing) as an interactive art laboratory for MSU Denver students and the larger community,” the CVA hosts internationally renowned exhibitions such as Suchitra Mattai’s Sugarbound; the photography-based Gravity of Perception; and Pink Progression, a series of exhibitions “commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018.”

The exhibition currently featured at the CVA captures the relationship between the CVA, MSU, and the local arts community nestled alongside the building off of 10th and Santa Fe. From now till July 24th, the CVA is featuring The 10th Biennial MSU Denver Art Department Exhibition, which “offers a peek into the studio art and design practices of MSU Denver’s art faculty and staff and celebrates our vibrant visual art community.”

Kevin chose to donate to the Center for Visual Art primarily because of his affinity for visual art and the meaningful role that the CVA plays in showcasing student art and training teachers while also connecting the local community to the art happening inside the building. Kevin also serves in a leadership role with the CVA as a member of the Leadership Advisory Council.

Throughout 2019, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are profiling our staff and select clients. Corona is also donating $500 on behalf of each staff person to a charitable organization of their choice. Click here to view all of our interviews. 

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Staff Interview: Kevin Raines

Every story has a beginning, and for Corona Insights, the story begins with Kevin Raines. After working in economic research and government consulting, Kevin decided to strike out on his own and founded a market research company called Corona Research in 1999. Leveraging connections and experience gained from previous work experience, Kevin quickly set out to carve a niche for Corona Research to thrive in the Denver market. And thrive it has.

Kevin preparing to lead his jackalope cavalry troops into battle.

Since its start as a one-man show, Corona Research has evolved and grown. In 2009 the name was changed to Corona Insights to better align with the full scope of services offered at Corona. In addition to market research, Corona established itself as industry leading experts in evaluation and strategic consulting. This expansion of services has enabled Corona to serve as a launching pad for many peoples’ careers over the past twenty years—something Kevin hopes will continue long after he retires.

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Marijuana and Public Health – The Complicated Story of Impact We’re Still Writing

Take a moment to imagine you’re a public health professional in Colorado. You might work as a researcher for an organization like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a university like the Colorado School of Public Health; as a program manager focused on community health for the Human Services department at your local government office; or as a communications and policy analyst for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (the list could go on).

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Regardless of your exact title, your job, as outlined by Corona’s Matt Herndon in his blog last week, is often a blend of assuring public health outcomes through education and advocacy, assessing the state of the public’s health through research, and developing and implementing policies that support positive public health outcomes.

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Making the world a healthier place

Corona’s clients represent a very diverse cross-section of our communities, ranging from the government agencies that guide us, to the nonprofits that support us, to the businesses that sustain us.  Perhaps our most rewarding projects, however, are the opportunities we have to work with people who are working hard every day to make our world a better place.  We frequently work with public health departments at various levels of government to help them better understand the needs that their constituents have and how public health can help. But what actually makes public health officials tick?  What do they love about the job?  And what are some of the ways people get into that world in the first place?

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Understand the People, Understand the Problem.

We work in a number of areas here at Corona Insights that touch on a person’s health.  Over the past 20 years, our topics have included everything from smoking to exercise to mental health to proximity to nuclear waste.  We often are retained to help understand a specific problem and guide strategy toward that problem.

In the bigger picture, though, we also do a lot of work with needs assessments – public health needs assessments, low-income needs assessments, general community needs assessments, and others.  In those types of studies, we examine a range of issues and help our clients identify key issues and how to address them.

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Turbocharging Transformation for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at DU

The creative engine of a great university is its faculty. They pursue new knowledge, create unique approaches to address long-standing problems, and innovate the learning experience. Along the way, they imagine new possibilities, incubate ideas, experiment with alternative models, and discard what doesn’t work. Design thinking is in their DNA. 

… the 20th century model of delivering a liberal and creative arts education is inadequate to the task of developing graduates who can think broadly and critically in and out of their chosen fields, skills essential to career and life success as called out in DU IMPACT 2025.

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Staff Interview: Molly Hagan

Molly Hagan puts humanity front and center of everything she does. Whatever the task, she brings a deep understanding of relevant sociocultural forces to inform decisions. Molly’s proclivity for the nuances in people make her excel at everything from moderating focus groups to providing great PBS documentary recommendations. At Corona, she applies expertise in qualitative methods to solve the most difficult problems in research, evaluation, and strategy.

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How Insights + Strategy added up for Donor Alliance

In looking back over Corona’s two decades of work, there may no better example of a client that has utilized the full breadth of Corona’s services than Donor Alliance, the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming.

Corona has worked with Donor Alliance, and with Donor Awareness Council, before the two merged, for over a decade. In fact, they were one of my very first clients – perhaps the first – at Corona, 13 years ago. In our weekly staff meeting Kevin had noted the potential project and upcoming meeting with them. As my brother had received a double-lung transplant more than a decade earlier, I had a strong connection to their goal of inspiring the public to register as organ and tissue donors and asked to join the project. Thirteen years on and countless projects later (ok, I counted: 8 projects with Donor Alliance and 8 projects previously with Donor Awareness Council), we’re proud of the work we’ve done and we’re thrilled to see all that they have accomplished.

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Public health policy and advocacy in Colorado: A case study in tobacco and vaping

In an interview with a public health practitioner recently, the interviewee noted that one of the challenges for public health is that “when we are doing our jobs well, the public doesn’t really see what we do.” This holds true for two of the roles the public often looks to public health organizations for guidance: translating research into public health policy and advocacy. When public health policy and advocacy are addressing the problem, we don’t see it.  

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