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

In This Issue
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration and Grant Reception
  • Business of Arts - 2 workshops
  • Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers
  • Town Hall Discussion on Funding in Boulder County
  • Pathways to Jazz Grants
  • Arts on the River - Call for Entry
  • Congratulations to BCAA's Community Arts Fund Recipient
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Facilities Directory - Featured Venue - Twisted Pine Brewing Company
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
BCAA's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Grant Reception
Monday, May 23 from 5-7 pm

Twisted Pine Brewing Company, 3201 Walnut St, Boulder

Since 1966, Boulder County Arts Alliance has acted as a catalyst to incubate, stimulate and sustain a thriving arts community in Boulder County.

Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Meet our new Board members and hear about the state of BCAA as well as some of the highlights from the last half century.

We'll also be distributing the Spring 2016 BCAA Endowment + Hemera Grants. Thanks to Hemera, BCAA was able to increase the cap on its grants this year from $3,000 to $5,000.

Free event with happy hour pricing.

Please register here.

Business of Arts: Two Upcoming Workshops
Creative Entrepreneurship:  Starting and Running an Arts-Based Business

Thursday, May 19 from 5-7 pm

Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St, Boulder 

Launching and successfully managing any business is a lot of work, but this workshop will provide artists, writers, designers, entertainers and any other creative entrepreneur with key information on a number of legal issues that are particularly relevant to arts-based businesses. Bring your business questions and real-world experiences to help guide the discussion. Presented by Caroline Kert and Shirin Chahal.

Intro to Photoshop

Wednesday, June 1 from 5-7 pm

Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave 

If you are a true Photoshop beginner and want to learn the basics of how to effectively utilize images and make simple promotional material for yourself/your business, this is the workshop for you! Learn about several popular Photoshop tools, re-sizing and cropping images, making simple fliers, basic design tips and learn about helpful resources to keep things going (on a budget!). Presented by Lisa McClellan.

Both Workshops are $10 BCAA Members/$15 non-members. 

Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers
Application available online

Deadline to apply is Monday, 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 Danse Etoile, a past beneficiary of Arts for All Children.  Other recent past beneficiaries include: Sharon Gillespie, Violin Instructor; Margot Krimmel, Harp Instructor; Rocky Ridge Music Center; Anthony Salvo, Boulder Youth Symphony.

Navigating Boulder's Funding Landscape: A Town Hall Discussion
Monday, May 16 from 5:30 - 7 pm

Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St., Boulder

BCAA will collaborate with Integrity Arts to host this Town Hall discussion on Navigating Boulder's Funding Landscape for artists and arts organizations. Bring any questions you have about applying for grants from the City of Boulder, BCAA, SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, the Community Foundation or other local funders. Charlotte LaSasso of BCAA and Kathy Kucsan of Integrity Arts will do their best to provide answers.

Please Register here.  $5 Suggested donation

Pathways to Jazz Grants
Coaching Session: Monday, June 6 7:30 -8:30 pm

Dairy Center for the Arts, Conference Room, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder

The deadline to apply for the Pathways to Jazz Grant is Thursday, June 30 at 5 pm.  There will be a free coaching session in the Conference Room, across the hall from BCAA's office in the Dairy Center for the Arts on Monday, June 6 at 7:30 pm.

BCAA's Executive Director, Charlotte LaSasso and Pathways to Jazz administrator, Sarah Goodroad, will answer your questions about filling out the application and explain the requirements for this donor-advised grant.

Please register here.

Photo courtesy Paul Shinn, past Pathways to Jazz recipient

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

Deadline for Submissions is August 1, 2016
The date for the event is Sunday, August 28, 2015 from 12-5 pm. We are pleased to announce that the event will include musical performances by Sounds of Lyons.

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 courtesy of Paula Eldridge

Congratulations to BCAA's Community Arts Fund Recipient
Maren Waldman, Moving Joy Studios

Dancer will receive $500 from the Community Arts Fund

After a thorough review of 11 exciting proposals, panelists selected Maren Waldman as the recipient of the Community Arts Fund.  The funds will cover lead artist fees for two dance/nature workshops offered to seniors living in low-income residences in Boulder County. Her Postcards to the Earth workshop uses movement, time in nature, reflection, and crafting to develop and enrich relationships with self, earth, and other.

Thank you again to the support of individual donors and Boulder Body Wear for making the Community Arts Fund possible!  You can donate to the Fund here.

Photo at right courtesy Maren Waldman.

Who's in the Limelight?

Devin Patrick Hughes, Music Director and Conductor

Boulder Symphony

Devin Patrick Hughes has been recognized for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocation for music accessibility, innate passion with spiritual curiosity and entrepreneurial vigor. Under his baton, Boulder Symphony has soared to new artistic heights and become a centralized hub for community-wide outreach and education initiatives, major collaborations, operatic performances, and premieres of exciting new music.

One of Maestro Hughes' greatest passions is bringing Classical Music to the masses and inspiring and educating kids, who will carry on its legacy. Devin can often be found visiting schools throughout the Denver and Boulder areas teaching and inspiring the next generation of musicians.

"Everyone really loves classical music,” says Hughes. "They just don't know it yet. If they don't love it, they haven't experienced it under the right circumstances. The symphony is more than just an orchestra; it poses a global model of cooperation. A musician must adjust their belief system and values to serve the greater whole of the orchestra. No one person is more important than another and the cooperation creates a magical, effortless sounding event that inspires the soul.”

Boulder Symphony presents its season finale, “Nature’s Voice,” on May 7th at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. The world premiere of “Everything All At Once” by composer-in-residence Jonathan Sokol, Sibelius’ uplifting 3rd Symphony, and Dvorak’s beautiful cello concerto - performed by talented local cellist Gal Faganel (seen at right) - will usher in a grand end to the season. There will be a preconcert talk at 6:15 pm with Ron Nadel.

Purchase tickets here.

BCAA Facilities Directory - Featured Venue

The BCAA Facilities Directory is a great resource for finding meeting and event space in Boulder County.  It is a comprehensive guide that lists dozens of auditoriums, dance studios, non-traditional spaces and outdoor settings.

This Month's Featured Venue: 

Twisted Pine Brewing Company, 3201 Walnut St, Boulder

For information on rentals, call 303.786.9270 or email.

Brewing in Boulder since 1995, Twisted Pine has become one of the arts-friendliest venues in town.  In the last six months, BCAA has hosted our Annual Meeting, Bring Your Own Venue Workshop and Boulder Arts Week Opening Party in their Brewery.  Boulder Fringe held their Lottery event there too in February (see bottom right). Later this month, Twisted Pine will host our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Grant Reception.  We hope you'll join us on Monday, May 23 from 5 - 7 pm. 

The Brewery converts into a perfect event space with industrial charm: 

  • accommodates either:
    • 60 banquet (seated) 
    • 100 cocktail (standing)
  • happy hour pricing on all 24 draft beer options
  • live music options & yard games
  • tables, chairs, tablecloths & other decor provided

Even on a non-profit budget, Twisted Pine could be the place for you because they offer special pricing for "neighbors who are striving to make a positive impact." 

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

Ars Nova Singers

Art Parts Creative Reuse Center


Ben Three Eagles

Beth Osnes

Boulder Body Wear

Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Boulder International Film Festival

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Catherine Carilli

Cindy Sepucha

Diane Markrow

Emilie Parker

Firehouse Art Center


Helen Braider

Hoarded Stuff Performance

Janat Horowitz

Joanna and The Agitators

KGNU - Boulder County Community Radio

Laura Ann Samuelson

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet

Linda Bice

Mary Wohl Haan

Michel Reynolds

Seicento Baroque Ensemble

Tammy Lynn

Tiffany Crowder


  • Dianela Acosta, Community Arts Fund Panelist
  • Alexis Cooley, Community Arts Fund Panelist
  • Amy Kenney, Community Arts Fund Panelist
  • Ryan Page, Community Arts Fund Panelist
  • Arpita Choudhury, Endowment Grant Panelist
  • Megan Mathews, Endowment Grant Panelist
  • Jenny Schiff, Endowment Grant Panelist
  • Christopher Seelie, Endowment Grant Panelist
  • Cindy Sepucha, Endowment Grant Panelist
  • Chris Leising, Annual Report
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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