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

In This Issue
  • Business of Arts: Tax Tips + Upcoming Workshops
  • Call for Artists: Arts on the River 2017!
  • Panel Discussion: Exploring Perspectives on Relevance in the Arts
  • It's Boulder Arts Week & DANCE MONTH
  • BCAA Endowment Grants - Panelists Needed
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Featured Venue - Still Cellars
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
Business of Arts: Tax Tips + Upcoming Workshops

Thanks again to Toby Gallegos of Block Advisors for coming out last month and offering such helpful tax advice, like the MileIQ app which helps you expense or deduct the miles you drive. Also, check out this article about the pitfalls of donating your art. Still doing your taxes and need help? Make an appointment with Block and present this Referral Form.


Upcoming Business of Arts Workshops

Is Fiscal Sponsorship Right for You?

April 20 from 11am - 1pm

Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave

You may be an independent artist or run your art business as an LLC or C Corp. Hear how becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or seeking a fiscal sponsor, like BCAA, would open up opportunities for grants and charitable donations, especially in the current political climate. Find out the pros and cons between the two and what makes sense for you. Presented by Ken Ransford, practicing attorney and CPA, and Kathy Kucsan, Ph.D. of Integrity Arts.

Photoshop for Beginners

May 10 from 11:00am - 2pm

Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave

Learn about several popular Photoshop tools and how to work your way around the interface/workspace, re-sizing and cropping images, making fliers, and other skills to help you complete simple design tasks on your own. We will then switch gears to explore design principles, and how good design can augment your marketing strategy. And finally, we will move to the topic of hiring a designer – where to find designers, how to discuss projects with designers, and how to build a positive and effective partnership. You will walk away with practical skills, sustainable strategies, and further resources to help you keep things going (on a budget!). Presented by Lisa McClellan of LTrades.

Thank you to the City of Boulder, Office of Arts and Culture for supporting BCAA's Business of Arts Program!

Arts on the River

Call for Entry Now Open!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2017

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 the gorgeous venue, RiverBend. The date for the event is Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1-7 pm. There will be live music, food, libations and more!

We are looking for artists of all mediums AND ART ORGANIZATIONS who want to staff a booth and sell their work or promote their organization at the event. 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 the BCAA website. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis until filled.

Exploring Perspectives on Relevance in the Arts

Wednesday, April 5 from 6 - 8pm

Seidel City, 3205 Longhorn Rd, Boulder

Register here.

Brought to you by the Boulder County Arts Leadership Forum (BCALF), this moderated session will engage artists, arts administrators, a journalist, a funder and audience members in a conversation about what it means to be "Relevant in the Arts." The discussion will begin with the panelists defining relevance in their respective disciplines and personal practices. Explorations will include the importance of making or supporting relevant art, the relationship between relevance and marketability, and art as the driving and defining force behind a topic becoming socially or politically relevant.

Distinguished Panelists:

  • Ray Mark Rinaldi – Journalist, Denver Post and One Good Eye
  • Tatiana Hernandez – Arts Director, Hemera Foundation
  • Marda Kirn – Founder EcoArts Connections
  • Mandy Vink – Public Art Coordinator, City of Boulder
  • Moderated by Juliette Leon-Bartsch, Musician and Concerts Coordinator Boulder Public Library

$5 suggestion donation. Please register as space is limited.

It's Boulder Arts Week and DANCE Month

Submit your events for Boulder Arts Week (Through April 8) and April's Dance Month

The celebration of the Arts in Boulder is in full-swing. Check out the wide array of events and activities at locations all over the city by clicking on the Boulder Arts Week calendar (which is linked to BCAA's Arts Calendar) and join the fun.  

April is also Dance Month in the City of Boulder. BCAA will be sending out dedicated e-newsletters highlighting the offerings taking place. Thank you to Dance Bridge for partnering with BCAA to raise awareness of Dance in our community.

Help expand our reach by adding a link on YOUR website to BCAA's Arts Calendar. Also, encourage your patrons to Subscribe to BCAA's weekly calendar of events to receive e-newsletters.

BCAA Grant Opportunities 

Panelists to Review Proposals needed! Contact BCAA for more information.

Online Applications available here

Endowment Grants for General Operating SupportEquipmentFellowships

The funding cap for 2017 General Operating Support and Equipment Grants is $5,000, thanks to the generous support of the Hemera Foundation. The minimum grant award is $1,000. All proposals must be submitted through our online application form by April 13 at 5pm. These grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. Organizations as well as individual artists may apply for equipment grants. Only organizations may apply for general operating support.

BCAA Fellowships are unrestricted cash awards of $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 2017, BCAA is accepting applications in Dance and Visual Art.

Before applying, make sure to read:

Grant awards will be distributed at BCAA's Annual Meeting on Monday, May 22 from 6 -8pm at Still Cellars.

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Deadline to apply is April 30 at 5 pm

Grants will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. Grants from this Fund will will not exceed $3000.  Examples of proposals include:

  • Not able to work due to illness or a loved one’s illness
  • Sudden increase in insurance costs 
  • Sudden and unmanageable increase in rent 
  • Unable to pay entrance fees for a competition or residency
  • 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 

BCAA is proud to administer this fund for the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

Image credits: Block1750, previous recipient of Endowment Award-Equipment Purchase; Linda Lowry, previous recipient of a Fellowship in Visual Art.

Who's in the Limelight?

Colorado Mosaic Artists

Current Exhibition "Earth, Air, Fire, Water" at NCAR through June 2, 2017

There will be an Opening reception with light appetizers and live music on April 7 from 5-8 pm as part of Boulder Arts Week.

In an unprecedented move, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (NCAR) is hosting an art show of 21 Colorado mosaic artists covering both galleries at their facility.  These artists are from the non-profit group Colorado Mosaic Artists (CMA) which includes professional mosaic artists, dedicated amateurs, enthusiastic hobbyists and suppliers.  One section of this show has the theme “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” which displays one piece from each artist, while the rest of the vast space will showcase a body of work from each member.  Overall, this is the largest show that CMA has ever shown!

The Colorado Mosaic Artists utilize a wide range of materials and concepts and incorporate a variety of ancient and modern techniques to express their unique visions. Each mosaic is distinct; comprised of glass, ceramic, stone, mirror, and other objects. CMA members support one another, educate the public and promote mosaics as fine art through exhibits, meetings, demonstrations, and workshops. New members are welcome.

Bottom image courtesy website of Coloradomosaics.org.

BCAA Featured Venue - Still Cellars

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: 

Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave, Longmont

Contact: (720) 204-6064 or Email

BCAA is looking forward to hosting this year's Annual Meeting and Grant Reception at Still Cellars, a distillery and arthouse in Longmont, on Monday, May 22 from 6-8pm. 

Tucked away in an unassuming corner of Longmont, Colorado, Still Cellars is a true micro-distillery, conceived and constructed by its two owner-operators, Jason R. Houston and Sadye Rose W. Still Cellars is certified organic, conducts business responsibly and kindly, and has been working to create a space that fosters and supports local art and community since early 2014. Thank you for that!

The arthouse and spirits reflect the owners’ passion for creativity and quality. The duo lovingly hand-craft each spirit from scratch using traditional methods and uncompromising standards. Each product artfully celebrates the complexities of its original ingredients, and offers a truly unique sipping experience. The arthouse acts as the distillery’s tasting room as well as a venue for local and touring artists to exhibit and perform for the community. Still Cellars is open to the public two days per week for tastings and cocktails, and is otherwise available for performances, events, gatherings, and tours by appointment.

Drop on in for some sips of their uniquely handcrafted organic spirits, cocktails, and non-spirituous concoctions… and enjoy art on the walls of this unique, cozy, and inspiring arthouse.

Images courtesy Still Cellars with bottom photo by Joshua Curfman.

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

Band of Toughs

Barbara Yates Beasley

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

Boulder POV LLC/ Full Stack Events

Tif Choate

Arpita Choudhury, Ph.D.

Laurie Dameron

Firehouse Art Center

Carol Garnand

Steve Glotzer

Vajra Granelli

Mary Wohl Haan

The Interactive Audio Group

Daniel Joder

Annie Lo

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Laura Marshal, Ph.D.

Amy Self

Stories on Stage

Mark Villarreal

Maren Waldman


  • Betsy Burton, Arts on the River
  • Betsy Hubner, Arts on the River
  • Sydney LaSasso, Arts on the River
  • Monica McGuckin, Arts on the River
  • Cindy Sepucha, Arts on the River
  • Christina Ball, Graphic Design
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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