Following is the Boulder County Arts Alliance monthly E-Newsletter for APRIL 2016 containing information on upcoming BCAA news, programs, and deadlines.

In This Issue
  • BCAA Endowment Grants & Martha Kate Thomas Fund
  • Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers
  • Arts on the River - Call for Entry
  • Business of Arts - Two Marketing Workshops
  • April is Dance Month in Boulder
  • Boulder Arts Week - Closing Events
  • Colorado Creative Industries Summit
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
BCAA Endowment Grants & Martha Kate Thomas Fund
Applications available online

Deadline to apply for both grants is April 7 at 5 pm

BCAA is currently accepting applications for its Endowment Grants for Operating Support and Equipment as well as for the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Endowment grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. Individual artists may also apply for equipment support. In 2016, BCAA is able to increase the maximum award to $5,000, thanks to the support of the Hemera Foundation. Hemera, a family foundation based in Boulder, supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. In the Arts, Hemera supports visionary emerging projects and those at a critical stage of their development.

Grants for the Martha Kate Thomas Fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. Some examples may include:

  • Not able to work due to illness or a loved one’s illness
  • Sudden increase in insurance costs 
  • Sudden increase in rent 
  • Unable to pay entrance fees for a competition 
  • Loss of supplies due to theft, damage to studio, etc.
  • Purchase a piece of equipment integral to on-going production of one’s art
  • Modifying studio and/or repairs to supplies or tools, such as an instrument 

Grants from this Fund will not exceed $3000.  BCAA is proud to administer this fund for the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

Two BCAA Fellowships in the disciplines of Media and Theatre are also available this round. These are unrestricted cash awards ($1,000) designed to further the established artist's career and to recognize artistic achievement through an accumulated body of work in the designated discipline. Every year, fellowships are awarded in different disciplines. 

For more information, go to Grant Guidelines or Guidelines En Espanol.






         Martha Kate Thomas

Read the inspiring story behind this fund.


Grants will be awarded on 

May 23, 2016

at the

BCAA Annual Meeting & 50thAnniversary Celebration.

Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers
Application available online

Deadline to apply is May 16 at 5 pm

Are you a music or dance instructor in Boulder County? Could you identify students who need tuition assistance with lessons?  If so, that is exactly what the Arts for All Children grants can do for you and your students. Teachers can apply for funds to award scholarships or purchase instruments for kids.

This grant is made possible through the generosity of The Blessing Foundation, as well as through private individual donors.  To make a donation to Arts for All Children, click here.

photo courtesy of Rocky Ridge Music Center, a past beneficiary of Arts for All Children

Arts on the River - Call for Entry
Call for Entry Form

Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016

Arts on the River is a fundraiser for BCAA and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, held along the North Saint Vrain Creek in Lyons at River Bend. For 2016 we are excited to announce that this event will be held in conjunction with Sounds of Lyons. The date for the event is Sunday, August 28, 2015 from 2-6 pm.

We are looking for artists of all mediums who want to staff a booth and sell their work at the event. For all work sold during the event, BCAA and LAHC retain a 30% commission (split evenly between the two nonprofit organizations). Tent, table, and chairs will be provided. 

There is no fee for submitting your entry. If selected, the fee for an artist's booth is $20 BCAA members/$40 non-BCAA members. Applications are through the online form on BCAA's website. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis until filled.

photo credit: Betsy Hubner

Business of Arts: Two Marketing Workshops
Cindy Sewell Hohman of Focus on Marketing is back to present!  

Both workshops will meet in the Flagstaff Meeting Room, 1st Floor

Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave

How to Use MailChimp - Email Marketing

Tuesday, April 12 from 11:30 am - 1 pm

Are you convinced that you need an email newsletter, but don't know how to get started? Do you have a MailChimp account set up, but don't know what to do next? Join us for a hands-on MailChimp workshop where you will set up your list, create a subscription form, design a template, and create your first email campaign.


Wednesday, April 20 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Gain a deeper understanding of your patrons, your opportunities, and ideas to help grow your business and increase revenue. This is a repeat of the December workshop for those who missed it.

Space is limited.  Please pre-register using the links above to secure your spot.


April is Dance Month in Boulder
Subscribe to BCAA's weekly calendar of events to receive Dance e-news.

In 2016, Dance Bridge is partnering with BCAA to create an online calendar - and we need your information. 

View the calendar and submit your information for inclusion in the calendar.  

Enter your special events, exhibits, performances, workshops & master classes (no ongoing classes please), dance parties and activities to make this a comprehensive marketing tool highlighting dance in Colorado.

The calendar covers activities from Boulder Arts Week (March 25 - April 2) through National Dance Week (April 22 - May 1), and BCAA will send out special e-newsletters highlighting the offerings taking place.  Don't miss this marketing opportunity.

photo credit: BMOCA

Boulder Arts Week 
Closing Events - Still so much to see!

Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2

The Boulder Arts Week Calendar of Events lists 105 events for this weekend, including Ham Jones & Millicent Gulch's Boulder Arts Week Walk!  From visual art exhibitions to theatre productions to musical performances, there is something for everyone.  Grab a friend and get out there - and please take a moment to fill out one of our surveys at each venue you visit to help us plan for 2017.

The Closing Party on Saturday night from 5 -8 pm is free. Head over to the License No. 1 at 2115 13th Street to celebrate the third annual Boulder Arts Week!  Happy Hour Specials on food and drink will be in full effect. This is a casual affair, but artists are welcome to keep arting - bring a guitar, dust off those dancing shoes, bring a camera, and let's have a good time. 

photo credit (right): Magician Gregg Tobo will be at the Highland City Club from 7-9 pm on Saturday night! 

Colorado Creative Industries Summit
May 5 and 6 in Carbondale, CO

Read more and register

Join Charlotte and Crystal of BCAA at the annual Creative Industries Summit! It's a two-day conference that targets creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and non-profit cultural workers, and creative district leaders. Topics address practical, nuts-and-bolts approaches to creative business and how-to’s for working collectively with creatives, municipalities and businesses.

Who's in the Limelight?
Pat Connelly, Choreographer and Director, Blue Moon Dance Company

Dips, Lifts & Flips - Master Class in Partnering

Pat Connelly has been choreographing in Colorado since 1974.  Being one to fuse techniques, she has won awards for choreography for a ballet duo, a modern group, a ballroom duet and a jazz piece. She has performed and choreographed for musical theater and opera and been commissioned to choreograph for events with the Hot Tomatoes Orchestra, the Queen City Jazz Band, Nacho Men and several Latin dance bands.

Dips, Lifts & Flips - Master Class in Partnering

Cost $40/person

Community Dance Collective, 2020B 21st St

SESSION ONE:  Social Dance Level

Sunday, April 3 from 2-4:30 pm

This master class is offered for the social dancer who wants to learn partnering skills for the dance floor.  The class will include safety techniques, spotting, transitions and standard dips and lifts for different types of ballroom dances, including swing, tango and salsa.

SESSION TWO:  Intermediate & Advanced Partnering

Sunday, April 10 from 2-4:30 pm

This master class is for the intermediate and advanced level dancers and choreographers who want to learn partnering skills for performance and competition.  The class includes safety techniques and will move quickly from the ground to the air. 

photo credits: Blue Moon Dance Company

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members


Thank you this Month's Volunteers

  • Christopher Klene, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
  • Nick Lucernoni, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
  • Heidi Roeber, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
  • Caitlin Sullivan, Graphic Design
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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