Apart from the standard dinosaur fare and a few French oils, Denver’s museums tend to reflect their frontier location, with plenty of Native American artwork and old mansions of mining barons. The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (also described as the Centre for Empowered Living and Learning), or CELL, does not fit this model. The aim of this somewhat odd two-year-old $6m project—which sits right next to the Daniel Libeskind-designed Denver Art Museum—is not cultural elucidation or historic preservation. Rather, it is a non-profit institution that is all about terrorism: where it comes from, how it manifests itself and what people can do to reduce its threat. 
Larry Mizel, a local businessman and regular donor to the Republican party, both founded and funded the museum. It is affiliated with his Mizel Museum, a local museum dedicated to Jewish life and culture. The CELL’s mission, according to its website is “to provide the knowledge and tools needed to proactively effect change in order to help shape a better, safer world.” But how threatening is Denver? This is the CELL’s main point. Its well-crafted interactive exhibition, “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism, warns visitors that terrorism affects us all, even those who are far away from centres of power. If this sounds like an expensive, museum-size example of America’s paranoia, that’s because it is. But more interesting is what the CELL does not include, namely the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, which is certainly the state’s closest experience with indiscriminate and terrorising killingThis more than anything seems to highlight the kind of anxiety the CELL is promoting: a fear of ideological outsiders, rather than a dread of armed Americans.
[ed notes;backround on mizel…he comes from the allied jewish coalition

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Larry Mizel invitation…[ed notes:who are they?an extension of the repuke jewish coalition in america 

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