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

In This Issue
  • "Afropuff Lederhosen" - Inclusiveness & Equity Series Workshop
  • Business of Arts: Intro to Photoshop & Media Production Workshops
  • Call for Entry: Arts on the River
  • BCAA Annual Meeting and Grant Reception
  • Community Arts Fund
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Featured Venue - The Pottery Lab
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
“Afropuff Lederhosen – Inclusiveness & Equity Series Workshop

Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30- 7:30pm

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

Regiser here; space is limited. $5 suggested donation

This workshop is designed around the satirical lecture project, Afropuff Lederhosen: What Happens When You Take a Black Baby and Raise it to be German?, by Vanessa Roberts. Ms. Roberts will deliver her critically comical piece that aims to get people talking about race, culture, and our assumptions in a new way.

This will be followed by tips and examples regarding the incorporation of humor into difficult discussions. This workshop includes handouts and detailed activities aimed at promoting conversation and dialogue focused on our personal relationship to difference and otherness, and a reading list for further study detailing sources as they relate to the topics raised in the workshop.

Vanessa Roberts is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at CU Boulder and a Community-Based Research fellow with CU Engage.  She refers to herself as an “artivist” who works at the intersection of the arts, activism and academic practice. She received her M.A. in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of Art at New York University in 2009. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, with an emphasis on performativity and comedy. She speaks, trains, and performs nationally, and also provides services as a Diversity and Inclusion consultant and facilitator for private clients in Colorado. The crux of her work as a whole is held together by a steady belief in the power of theatre as a tool for transformative social change.

Thank you to CU's Office for Outreach and Engagement for partnering with BCAA to bring you this workshop.

Business of Arts

All Workshops below take place in the Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder

Photoshop for Beginners

May 10 from 11:00am - 2pm

$25 BCAA Members, $35 non-members

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.

Media Production for Promotion Series

June 12, July 10 & August 7 from 5:30 - 7pm

$20 BCAA members, $25 non-members for each workshop Register for all 3: $50 BCAA members, $65 non-members

This 3-part workshop series will cover how to create audio and video media content for the purpose of promoting your artistic and entrepreneurial ventures. We'll talk about broad areas like:

  • Marketing
  • Demographics
  • Messaging and call to action

As well as focus on:

  • Pre-production
  • Storyboarding and scripting
  • Equipment assessment
  • Working with what you have
  • Branding essentials
  • Branding Logos
  • Production
  • Lighting
  • Environment
  • Sound
  • Camera
  • Coverage
  • Asset management
  • Post Production
  • Archival
  • Labelling
  • Workflow
  • Audio issues
  • Dialog editing
  • Voiceover
  • Music editing
  • Mixing
  • Delivery formats
  • Finalcut pro
  • Timeline

Each segment will work as a stand alone orientation with Q&A and also be connected as assignments will be given for evaluation and feedback. Presented by Matt Diss of ALOC Media and John March of Interactive Audio Group. If you want a really great opportunity to improve your videographer skills, talk to ALOC about becoming an intern for the summer and help them with coverage for the Boulder International Fringe Festival

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

Call for Entry: Arts on the River

Call for Entry is open!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Arts on the River is a collaboration between BCAA and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, held along the North Saint Vrain Creek in Lyons at the gorgeous venue, River Bend. The date for the event is Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1-7 pm. There will be live music from Kutandara and Sounds of Lyons, 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.

BCAA Annual Meeting and Grant Reception

Monday, May 22 @Still Cellars1115 Colorado Ave, Longmont 

6 - 6:30pm Mingle/Network

6:30 - 8pm Program

Register here.

Meet our new Board members, hear about the state of BCAA and see some of the highlights from the last year in our new promotional video made by our friends at ALOC Media and the Interactive Audio Group. We'll be discussing our efforts to expand the reach of our Arts Calendar and come up with a catchy name for it. Bring your suggestions! And of course, we'll be distributing the checks for Spring 2017 BCAA Endowment + Hemera Grants. All of this year's recipients will have an opportunity to share their work in a 30 second monologue.

We received a record number of applications this round, and panelists are hard at work reading them now. Applicants will be notified before May 19. We encourage all BCAA members and friends to attend the Annual Meeting, whatever the outcome of your grant.

Free event with happy hour pricing and free appetizers. Food will be available for purchase. Please register to help us get a headcount.

Donate to the Community Arts Fund

BCAA seeks Business sponsor for CAF

The Community Arts Fund is a vehicle for donors to provide funding directly to art projects in Boulder County, particularly those that speak to BCAA's core values: "inclusive, edgy, and accessible."

Once the fund reaches $500, a Request For Proposals (RFP) will be advertised to the BCAA email list and posted to the BCAA homepage. The proposal deadline will be three weeks from the initial posting of the RFP, and a panel will determine the winning submission within a week of the proposal deadline. 

In 2016, we were able to distribute two $500 grants: one to Makena Sneed's immersive dance piece, “Sonder,” and the other to Maren Waldman's Postcards to the Earth project.

Donations are currently at $254. All we need is a business or private donor(s) to contribute $250, and we'll be able to make another grant. Business sponsors receive logo placement in our newsletters and on our website for a full year. Help us spread the word! Donate here.

Please read the guidelines or contact the BCAA office if you have questions about the Fund.

Who's in the Limelight?

Tamara Meneghini

Actor, Voice Coach, Teaching Artist

If you attended the Cultural Summit hosted by the City of Boulder's Office of Arts and Culture in February, you were treated to a brief performance by Tammy Meneghini as Queen Elizabeth from her production of Elizabeth I - In Her Own Words (which she co-created with Carole Levin). Now you can see her in the role of Jesus' mother Mary in Goddess Here's Regional Premiere of The Testament of Mary at the Dairy Arts Center. Written by Colm Toibin and directed by Ami Dayan, in this production Mary is not the familiar saint. She shares her personal version of the truth of her son’s death by writing her own Gospel on her own terms.

Meneghini is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Theatre & Dance. A professional Actor (AEA), Voice and Movement specialist (VASTA / ATME), Director, and Producer, She has worked internationally at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and showcased her work at Stratford Circus in London.

She performs across the country and has worked for companies such as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Maya Theatre, Chicago Dramatist, Northlight Theatre, Pegasus Players, Bailiwick Theatre, Hypothetical Theatre Company and Angels Theatre Company. She has also performed with square product theatre who has a show running concurrently at the Dairy. A special ticket bundle for both shows is available.

The Testament of Mary will run through May 13 with a post-show discussion series after selected performances that will deepen and explore themes brought up in the play such as the patriarchal order, silenced testimony, the feminine, the plight of the refugee, the building blocks of faith, and more. This series features an array of insightful faith and community leaders, academics, historians, and experts in related fields. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, click here.

BCAA 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: 

The Pottery Lab, 1010 Aurora Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

Contact the Pottery Lab: 720-379-6033 and email.

Studio Arts Boulder offers ceramics programs through the Boulder Pottery Lab, which was founded in 1954. The Lab provides educational programs to all ages – children, teens, adults, and seniors – as well as people with disabilities. Lab staff and students also work to advance safe environmental practices in the arts, such as energy-efficiency, low-water use, and zero waste.

They will be hosting the 2nd Annual Throw-A-Thon on Saturday, May 13 from 5-10 pm in preparation for their annual street party, Chili Bowl. Studio Arts Boulder staff and students, friends, and members of the community will come together to throw and hand-build 500 bowls. The bowls will be used for chili tastings from competing restaurants. Dagabi Cucina, West End Tavern, and The Corner are already confirmed for Chili Bowl II. Everyone is welcome to join the Throw-a-thon party! This event is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Clay, who will be providing all the clay for the evening.

Did you know you can also host a party at the Pottery Lab? Parties here are a wonderful and unique experience. Participants are assisted by talented instructors who lead the group in hand-building practices, allowing the guests to create a variety of forms and decorate them with colored slips. Pieces are fired, glazed, and ready for pick up in two weeks or less. Hand-Building parties are available for adults and children, for birthdays or other events. Party size is 6 to 12 participants. Cost is $25 per person.

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

And Art Space

Ars Nova Singers

Art Parts Creative Reuse Center

Michael Beitz

Beyond Academia LLC

Cindy Brandle

Carousel of Happiness

Amy Guion Clay

Colorado Film Society

Peter Davison

Handmade Film Institute

Ashley Hanson

Hoarded Stuff Performance

Julie Ireland

Christine Jarvis

Joanna and the Agitators

KGNU – Boulder County Community Radio

Sarah Mortlock

Jenna Noah

Christine Pateros

Lydia Pottoff

Laura Ann Samuelson

Robert Schaller

Yana Scheich

Cindy Sepucha

Studio Arts Boulder

Theater Company of Lafayette

Wesley Foundation AKA Wesley Chapel

Jan Wharton

Charles Wood

Diane Wood

Cindi Yaklich


  • Jon Westgaard, Graphic Design
  • Brenton Booth, Tech support
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
  • John March, Interactive Audio Group, BCAA Promotional Video
  • Matt Diss, ALOC Media, BCAA Promotional Video
  • Scott Rowland, ALOC Media, BCAA Promotional Video
  • 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
  • Allison Stanek, LEAD 4000 Student
  • Bailee Mulholland, LEAD 4000 Student
  • Eve Zweig, LEAD 4000 Student
  • Steve Marcantonio, LEAD 4000 Student
  • Kate Ufer, Intern
  • Emily Haigh, Intern
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