Following is the Boulder County Arts Alliance monthly E-Newsletter for FEBRUARY 2017 containing information on upcoming BCAA news, programs, and deadlines.

In This Issue
  • BYOV - Bring Your Own Venue Workshop
  • Artists and Athletes: BCAA and the Bolder Boulder
  • Arts for All Children Grants - Now accepting applications
  • Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists - Now accepting applications
  • BCAA Calendar: Submit your events for BAW and Dance Month!
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Featured Venue - Seidel City
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
BYOV-Bring Your Own Venue Workshop

Thursday, February 2 from 5:30pm - 7pm

License No. 1, 2115 13th St, Boulder

Find, create, and secure venues for Boulder Arts Week 2017 (March 31 - April 8) and the 2017 Boulder Fringe Festival (August 16 -27)! Join us for an information-packed conversation on existing and alternative venues available to show your work in Boulder. Please come prepared to talk about your art and be open to finding new ways to present it: brainstorming encouraged.

Artists in all genres/mediums and arts-friendly business owners/managers who understand that the arts are good for business are encouraged to attend!

Emily K. Harrison, Director of Boulder Arts Week and Producing Artistic Director of square product theatre and Alexis Cooley, Executive Producer of the Boulder Fringe, will present.

$5 suggested donation - for more information, check the Facebook Event Page.

Artists & Athletes: BCAA and the Bolder Boulder 2017

Online Request for Proposal

Deadline to apply is February 28 at 5 pm

For 2017, BCAA will again be able to offer three artists or art organizations a stipend of $150 for performing or exhibiting their work along the Bolder Boulder 10K course on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29, 2017. Get in front of 50,000 people! Tent, table, and chairs will be provided. You may request a specific location in your proposal, but final determinations are at the discretion of the Course Entertainment Director of the Bolder Boulder.

You and/or your organization can also participate by walking or running in costume, as long as you don't impede the efforts of other walkers/runners. If you enroll through BCAA, we can offer you a discounted registration fee.

This is an exciting opportunity to show Coloradoans how ART and BUSINESS and SPORT can partner together for the good of the whole community. Hope to see you on the course!

Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers

Application available online

Deadline to apply is March 17 at 5pm

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.

Image courtesy of The Crescendo Project in Longmont, past recipient of an Arts for All Children grant.

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Application available online 

Deadline to apply is April 30 at 5pm

BCAA is now accepting applications for the Martha Kate Thomas Fund. Grants 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. The late Martha Kate Thomas is shown above. Read the inspiring story behind this fund.

BCAA Calendar Expanding its Reach

Submit your events for Boulder Arts Week (March 31 - April 8)

and April's Dance Month

Again for 2017, Dance Bridge is partnering with BCAA to use our Arts 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 will cover activities from Boulder Arts Week (March 31 - April 8) through the month of April, and BCAA will send out special e-newsletters highlighting the offerings taking place.  Don't miss this wonderful publicity opportunity.  You can help expand our calendar's reach by adding a link on your website to BCAA's Arts Calendar. Make sure you Subscribe to BCAA's weekly calendar of events to receive e-newsletters.

Who's in the Limelight?

South Boulder Vocal Studio 

Premiere of Here's to Love: A Musical Cabaret

Exceptional singers from South Boulder Vocal Studio will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a Cabaret, titled Here's to Love. The local singers include Melissa Williams (Founder and Instructor of the Studio), Sara Kopeikin, Ian Meyer, Lisa McClellan, Matt Leal, and Gail Evertz. A couple of highlight numbers performed by talented teen and youth singers, Anna Kauffman, Kenzie Kubitschek, Justice Warner and Chris Warren, will round out the evening. The live band features local favorite musicians Zak Kopeikin and Victor Mestas. Together, they will perform classic and contemporary favorites, spanning from the Broadway stage to the Top 40s station. 

Lost, found, longing and friendship – Love takes many forms. This show will explore them all in what promises to be a hilarious and heartwarming performance. Beverages and complimentary home-made desserts will be available on-site, and attendees can enjoy these refreshments in a festive and relaxed café-style performance environment. The seating is general admission at a table of choice. Some song content is PG13.

Here’s to Love runs February 10th at 7:30pm and February 11th at 3:00pm at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1241 Ceres Drive, Lafayette, Colorado, 80026. Tickets are $15 and include admission, a drink ticket and home-made desserts. For more information contact Lisa McClellan.

BCAA Featured Venue - Seidel City

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: 

Seidel City, 3205 Longhorne Rd, Boulder

Contact: Terry Seidel, 303-591-1553 - Open by appointment

BCAA Executive Director Charlotte LaSasso and Communications Manager Crystal Polis recently enjoyed a visit to Seidel City, a contemporary art gallery and series of outbuildings in unincorporated Boulder County, out highway 36. Terry Seidel, the creator and proprietor of Seidel City, offered a tour of his studio and gallery spaces, which he thoughtfully designed to be "interactive, inclusive and cool." We couldn't agree more.

Seidel's vision is to give participants a multi-media experience that's a little "rougher around the edges," yet possessing a soft heart - reminiscent of Boulder County's creative community in the early 1980s. They officially opened their doors on December 2. Currently on view are photographs by Kristen Hatgi Sink and works by internationally acclaimed and famously private artist Robert Hawkins.

Charlotte is shown here next to "Robert's Tower." Robert Hawkins made a watercolor sketch of this concept while visiting Boulder last year. Terry, who also owns Mr. Pool in Boulder, used culverts that were laying around his property to form the tower. Then many other local artists contributed animal sculptures that he cast and affixed to the tower. Artist Daniel Strawn created the chair that sits on top.

Terry Seidel is also the ambassador of The Big Picture project in Boulder, CO. This community art project connects artists around the world by gathering images via digital submissions and displaying them at a monumental scale as simple Xerox prints. Although The Big Picture starts in the gallery, the images are also wheatpasted in outdoor areas across the region (ever seen them on the fence on Folsom?) in an effort to liberate art from the confines of the gallery and transform public spaces into creative environments. Mr. Pool's showroom has also been turned into an art gallery and was recently the site of the History of the Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB) closing party. 100% of art sales at Mr. Pool and Seidel City go to the artist.

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

ACE - Arts Culture & Education at the Boulder JCC

Boulder Bach Festival

Boulder Chorale

Ron Broome

Sharon DeMattia

Sabrina Ehert

Michelle Ellsworth

Felice (Locker) Fenwick-Smith

Goddess Here Productions

Ralena Gordon


Bob Hall

Jennifer Heath

JLF Colorado

Lisa McClellan

Lisa McDonough

Maputo Mensah

Motus Theatre

Resonance Women's Chorus

Brian Rocheleau

RoKn, Inc.


Sans Souci Festival Of Dance Cinema

Sound Circle

Karen Spies

Michael Stanwood

Nancy Sullo

Nikolai Thabit

Third Law Dance/Theater, Inc.

Betsy Tobin

Jeffrey Tomboulian


  • Dante Ascarrunz, CU LEAD4000 student, Artist Displacement research
  • Beatriz Lacombe, CU LEAD4000 student, Artist Displacement research
  • Christina Ball, Intern
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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