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

In This Issue
  • BCAA Endowment Project Grants & Coaching Session
  • Business of Arts: Media Production for Promotion Series and $1K Grant Announced
  • Arts on the River: Save the Date, Sunday, August 27!
  • Add your Venue and Art Spaces to the new Art Space Directory
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Featured Venue - Altona Grange
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
BCAA Endowment Project Grants & Coaching Session

Read the Guidelines and find online application here.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5 pm.

During the summer/fall funding cycle organizations and individual artists may apply for Project grants. Individual artists and organizations may only receive one grant per calendar year and may not receive grants in two consecutive cycles. 

Project grants will be awarded to support artistically excellent work that has a broad impact on the community. Impact may include outreach efforts, audience education, collaborations, and partnerships. Individual artists may include equipment in their project requests.

BCAA is able to offer additional grant awards and increase the funding cap in 2017 thanks to the support of the Hemera Foundation, which 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 in their development.

Plan to attend a grant coaching session on Thursday, July 13 from 5-6 pm, especially if this is your first time applying. Space is limited! Please register in advance (and cancel if you are unable to attend.)  The coaching session will be held in the Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder.

Business of Arts: Media Production for Promotion Series

July 10 & August 7 from 5:30 - 7pm

$20 BCAA members, $25 non-members for each workshop

Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, BoulderAloc logo

For more information and to Register, click here.

Add video to your website and Facebook posts and drastically increase the number of people who engage with you! Create video for a Kickstarter campaign! This workshop series covers how to create audio and video media content for the purpose of promoting your artistic and entrepreneurial ventures. Presented by Matt Diss and John March of ALOC Media, the same friends who created BCAA's new promotional video.

BCAA has a new grant opportunity for $1,000 to put towards video services with ALOC. Attendance at these workshops will provide you with the skills to craft a competitive application. Applications are due by September 14, 2017.

Arts on the River

Call for Entry is open, but we are nearly full - don't delay!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 1-7pm

Arts on the River is a collaboration between BCAA and the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission, and 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, dancers from Mayama Movement Studio, food trucks including Button Rock Bakery and Farmer Girl, libations from Spirit Hound Distillers and B Town and more!

We are looking for artists of all mediums AND ART ORGANIZATIONS that 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. To see a list of participating artists, click here.

More white pop-up tents are needed! If you have one that BCAA can borrow, please let us know. Also volunteers for set-up are needed. It's fun! Email BCAA if you are available to help from 11-1.

New Art Space Directory

Submit your Venue and Art Space and connect with creatives!

Read the FAQ

The new Art Space Directory currently being compiled will replace the old Facilities Directory with a lot more functionality. It will contain a list and map of venues with art spaces with photographs and detailed information. A Venue is a physical location on the map. It’s a building with a unique street address, and contains one or more art spaces. An Art Space is a rentable room (hall, auditorium, outdoor area, suite of rooms, or part of a room) at a venue location. The space is the thing you are renting and is what space-seekers are seeking. Art spaces must be associated with a Venue.

By using your BCAA log-in to our website, you can upload information for your venues and art spaces and make edits any time. Use of the BCAA Art Space Directory is completely free of charge for space-seekers, and there are no fees to submit and publish listings.

Image courtesy Louisville Center for the Arts

Who's in the Limelight?

Jack Collom

Poet and Teacher

Born in Chicago in 1931, Collom moved West with his family and graduated from Fraser High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force and wrote his first poems in Tripoli, Libya. He earned an an M.A. in English from Colorado University on the GI Bill. He has taught children – including thousands in Boulder - and adults for nearly 40 years. His books from the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, like Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community have become staples for classroom teachers. He has published 25 volumes of his own poetry, most recently Dot's Diner, with fellow BCAA member Elizabeth Robinson (2017), Second Nature (Instance Press and winner of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry, 2013) and Burst Fivey and the Eggdroppers (Monkey Puzzle Press, 2013). He pioneered college-level ecology literature classes, establishing “Eco-Lit” at Naropa University 27 years ago. Among his awards are two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award.

Excerpt from Dot's Diner:

"We get a seat in a booth. All the waitresses know Jack. None of them know me. As a matter of fact, all the cooks know Jack too.

We sit. We gossip. We talk about poetry.

I like thinking of Jack saying, 'I was reading ______' s poems and enjoying the hell out of them.'

We eat. I always (always) get a short stack of blueberry pancakes and a side of bacon. Tea. Jack gets coffee, and sometimes bacon. Usually eggs. Some kind of bread. He makes a sandwich with biscuit, butter, bacon, and jelly. I like remembering him scooping butter from the pat onto a knife and then straight into his mouth.

Sometimes we look at the art on the walls. Sometimes a fellow birdwatcher stops by the table to chat about birds with Jack. Sometimes I go into the Dot's Diner bathroom and wonder why it has two toilets, not in stalls, side by side.

Then Jack reaches for the plastic bag and raises his eyebrows, smiles. 'Shall we write some poems?'

Yes, we shall. We make up the rules for the writing of two poems and then trade the pads back and forth until each person's page is more or less full. Jack doesn't know this, but I usually take the west- facing side of the booth so that I can look out at the mountains while we write."—Elizabeth Robinson

image top right by Ken Abbott

BCAA Featured Venue

We are in the process of replacing BCAA's Facilities Directory with the new Art Space Directory. This resource for finding meeting and art event space in Boulder County will be a comprehensive guide that connects dozens of auditoriums, dance studios, non-traditional spaces and outdoor settings with creatives. If you manage a venue, please submit your Venue and Art Space for inclusion.

This Month's Featured Venue:

Altona Grange, 9386 N 39th St, Longmont, CO 80503

720-359-7685 or Email

Altona Grange #127 is one of 57 active granges in Colorado and one of three in Boulder County.  The Grange system is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in more than 2,100 hometowns across America. Altona Grange was established in 1891, named for the once existing town of Altona. The current Altona Grange membership is dedicated to maintaining the historic building as well as serving farming families and small sustainable agriculture.

Freshly painted with newly finished floors, Altona Grange Hall has the charm of a historic hall with all of the modern amenities for hosting any type of event: party, concert, play, meeting, recital, dance, seminar, wedding, etc. The Main Hall is 50' X 24' with a hardwood floor and movable vintage theater seats. There is a stage, kitchen and room for 100 persons (chairs and tables available).

The Altona Grange Hall has great natural acoustics.  Only acoustic music is allowed outside, and must not continue past sunset. Outside there is a large concrete patio area with a stunning view of the foothills and parking for 75 vehicles. Wine, beer and spirits are allowed at Altona Grange.  

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

Jacqueline Jones Bahr

Roger Campbell

Capoeira Canavial

Chris Thatcher Acting Studio

Jean-Luc Davis

Carrie Diaz

Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre

Flatirons Jazz Orchestra

Fractal Tribe

Tom Gershwin

Julie Golden

Bud Gordon

Penny Hamilton

Ana Maria Hernando

Terri Jo Jenkins

Brian Kauffman

Longmont Chorale, Inc.

Katie Minyard

Bob Montgomery

Deb Nakano

Emilie Parker

Allyson Sands

Bob Schlesinger

Bruce Shaver

Matt Smiley

Eunha So

Tim Wendel

Elena Camerin Young

Molly Zackary


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  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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  • Betsy Burton, Arts on the River
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  • Cindy Sepucha, Arts on the River
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