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

Special notice: Funding for Arts Grants Saved!

This week, the City of Boulder decided against the proposed 30% decrease in arts grants funding for the Boulder Arts Commission's 2018 budget. Thank you for all your letters, emails and phone calls! Arts Advocacy Works! And thank you to Council member Bob Yates for leading the discussion and to the rest of City Council for listening!

In This Issue
  • Pathways to Jazz Tribute Concert - This Friday, October 6
  • BCAA Grant Opportunities: Arts for All Children & Martha Kate Thomas Fund
  • Business of Arts: Social Media & How to Allocate your 2018 Marketing Budget
  • Mapa de los Muertos/Map of the Dead
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • Art Space Directory
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
Pathways to Jazz Tribute Concert

Friday, October 6 at 7:30pm

Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder

Tickets ($10-$20) available here. There is a special BOGO deal running now-- AND BCAA members receive $1 off Signature Cocktail from the Polk Cafe at the event!

Join us for an exciting evening of music from past Pathways to Jazz recipients Annie Booth, Anisha Rush, the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra (CJRO), and Sam Williams. Now in its fourth year, the word is out about Pathways to Jazz. We are receiving more quality applications than we can fund. We hope you can attend this benefit concert and hear for yourself the impact this grant program is having.

Please share the event with your network and help us reach a wider jazz-loving audience.

If you cannot attend and would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Pathways to Jazz grant fund, please click here

BCAA Grant Opportunities

Arts for All Children - Grants for Teachers

Deadline to apply is October 31 at 5 pm

Are you a music, dance or visual arts instructor in Boulder County? Could you identify students who need tuition assistance for lessons or equipment?  If so, that is exactly what the Arts for All Children grants can do for you and your students. Teachers can apply for funds ($250 - $1000) to award scholarships or purchase instruments or equipment for kids. This grant is made possible through the generosity of The Blessing Foundation, and private individual donors. To make a donation to Arts for All Children grant fund, click here.

Image courtesy Little Birds early childhood music program, a previous recipient of AFAC

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Deadline to apply is October 31 at 5 pm

Grants from this Fund will not exceed $3000 and will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. We recommend that you contact BCAA staff prior to submitting your proposal to discuss your particular situation. Some examples of unforeseen needs and special circumstances may 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.

Business of Arts: Upcoming Workshops

Social Media for Artists

Tuesday, October 24

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont

Kaiser Permanente Education Center – Classroom C

Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay as a marketing tool. This workshop will teach you how to be strategic with social media. You'll leave with answers to questions such as which social media outlets you should invest your time, what content you should be posting, how to be efficient and effective with your efforts, and more.

How to Allocate Your Marketing Budget for 2018

Thursday, November 9

The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette

This workshop is for individual artists and arts organizations alike who want advice on where to spend their marketing dollars. More details coming soon.

Both workshops presented by Cindy Sewell Hohman of the Art Marketing Project. 

Networking and Registration from 11 am - 11:30 am Art Marketing Project

Workshops 11:30 am - 1 pm

$10 BCAA Members/$15 non-members for each.

Mapa de los Muertos/Map of the Dead

BCAA Website Featuring Day of the Dead Events

Every year, people around the world gather to celebrate festivals of the dead. In Colorado, the Mexican holiday of Día De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead is celebrated widely to honor friends and family who have passed away. There are events happening throughout October and early November.

Check out our detailed event listings and Map of the Dead, pinpointing where all events are taking place. If your organization is planning an event, submit it to the Arts Calendar to be included.

Image courtesy the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center.

Who's in the Limelight?

Anisha Rush

Jazz Saxophonist/Flutist/Composer

As we look forward to Friday's very special concert to promote and raise funds for Pathways to Jazz, we wanted to highlight one of the performers and past awardees, who also happens to be the youngest. Anisha Rush began playing the saxophone at the age of 10 and immediately fell in love with the music.  In 2013, Anisha was chosen to be a Telluride Student All-Star from a pool of musicians from around the country.   She has been a member of The Ron Miles Group, The Boy/Girl Band led by Art Lande, and the Colorado Jazz Group Big Band, playing with Colorado’s top players including Brad Goode, Jeff Jenkins, and Ken Walker. In 2016, she was chosen to attend the International Association of Schools of Jazz, a week-long conference led by renowned saxophonist Dave Leibman. 

Anisha holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Anisha's grant from BCAA, through Pathways to Jazz, allowed her to record her debut album. She released "Pursuit" in October of 2016, using the project as a platform to de-stigmatize mental health.  She is now an active member of the Denver music scene as both bandleader and sidewoman. Click here or on the image above to hear more - And we hope to see you October 6!

Art Space Directory

Submit your Venue and Art Space and connect with creatives!

Read the FAQ

The new Art Space Directory is a matchmaking tool to connect creative people with creative art spaces.  Owners and managers of rentable spaces submit listings to the directory, and space-seekers search the directory for opportunities. 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. 

The Directory contains 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. You must first create a venue before you can submit a space.

By using your BCAA log-in to our website, you can upload information for your venues and art spaces and make edits any time. You do not need to log-in to browse or search the Art Space Directory.

Images courtesy The Wesley

BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members


  • Lilly Bell, Intern
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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