Following is the Boulder County Arts Alliance monthly E-Newsletter for FEBRUARY 2015 containing information on upcoming BCAA news, programs, and deadlines.

  • BCAA and the Bolder Boulder
  • Business of Arts: Creating a Publicity Plan for Boulder Arts Week & the Fringe Festival
  • Upcoming Grant Opportunities
  • Thirsty Artists Happy Hour
  • Disaster Relief for Artists
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • Featured Venue - Boulder Metalsmithing Association
  • BCAA Acknowledgements

BCAA looking to partner to supply entertainment for 2015 Event

Memorial Day - Monday, May 25

Indicate your level of interest with this form.

As you probably know, this 10K race happens each Memorial Day. Runners World Magazine calls it America's All-Time Best 10K, with 50,000 runners and tens of thousands more fans along the course. With such a large audience, BCAA sees an incredible opportunity to bring attention to the arts and showcase our talented Boulder County artists.

We initiated talks with the Bolder Boulder team and are looking for interest from YOU, our members.  Is your musical group/dance group interested in performing along the course?  Are you a visual artist with an idea for an installation along the course?  Compensation for performers is available, and we are looking into opportunities for funding visual art projects.

If BCAA is able to have a booth at their Sports Expo the Saturday and Sunday before the run, would you or your group be interested in having a banner and/or other publicity material there?  Would you be available to take a shift staffing the booth?   

Would your organization like to run the Bolder Boulder as a group and use it as a fundraising and/or publicity opportunity?  You might encourage your members to dress in costume or do something to identify your group.  We saw the Fringe Festival do this last year.

Do you live along the course?  Would you be willing to put a temporary art installation in your front lawn?  Or a banner? Or have a live performance in your yard?

**This past week, we drove the course with the Bolder Boulder team.  We have identified several locations for performances and installations.  This is an amazing opportunity to show Coloradoans how ART and BUSINESS can partner together for the good of the whole community.  By the beginning of April we will be finalizing ideas, so we need to hear from you quickly. Share your ideas and level of interest on this form.


Get ready for Boulder Arts Week (March 27 - April 4)

and the Boulder Fringe Festival (September 16-27)

Tuesday, February 24 from 5:30 - 7 pm

Boulder Chamber, 2440 Pearl St

Register here

BCAA and the Boulder Chamber will host a workshop to help you create your Publicity Plan for Boulder Arts Week and/or the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Hear ideas about how to leverage the marketing around these Festivals and help you effectively promote your work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, in print and more.  

Alexis Cooley, founding Artistic director of 5th Circle Productions and Executive Producer of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Liberty Shellman, Managing Director, Interim Executive Director, of the Fringe will present. Other panelists will be announced soon.

Suggested Donation $5.  Light snacks will be provided.

Thank you to the Boulder Chamber for sponsoring this event!

Start listing your events for Boulder Arts Week at this Calendar now!  When you submit events to the BCAA calendar, if they are happening during Boulder Arts Week, they will automatically populate both calendars.



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Application deadline for all opportunities:

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

BCAA is now accepting applications for the following opportunities:
Neodata Operating Support:  Awards are between $1000 - $3000.

Neodata Equipment Purchase :  Awards are between $1000 - $3000.

Neodata Fellowship in Music or Literature:  One award each for $1000

Please plan to attend a grant coaching session on Thursday, March 5th from 5-6:00 pm, in the conference room across the hall from the Arts Alliance office. Please register.

We need grant panelists!  This is an educational opportunity to find out what makes a strong grant application as well as learn about exciting organizations and projects in Boulder County.  If you are interested, please contact the BCAA office by email or 303-447-2422.

Grant awards will be announced in late May.

Thursday, February 26 from 5-7 pm

Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway, Boulder

Come meet local creatives and enjoy a beverage of choice.

Since 1995, Caffe Sole has served Table Mesa in South Boulder as a community center, art gallery and now as a music venue featuring beer and wine. Come enjoy the warm atmosphere, beautiful scenery, first-class libations and food, music, art, and friendly staff.

Thirsty Artists is sponsored by the Boulder County Arts Leadership Forum (BCALF), a think tank of arts leaders from throughout Boulder County.
Grants of up to $50k available

Deadline: Saturday, February 28
If you, or anyone you know, has:
-- a business loss of over $10,000 due to the flood
--and business gross revenue in 2013 of $15,000 or more (This requirement was $25,000, but has been reduced)
Then, please contact Marianne Ballantine, Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC). They truly want to help as many businesses as possible. There are sufficient government funds for all new business and there will be a consultant working with each client during the whole process, at no charge to the client.

Marianne Ballantine
Disaster Relief Coordinator | Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
2440 Pearl St., Boulder, CO, 80302 | 528 Main St., Ste. A, Longmont, CO, 80501
P: 720-984-2682 
Maputo Mensah

Master drummer, dancer, and storyteller

Maputo Mensah is passionate about sharing the art and culture of his native Ghana with the West through the classes he teaches at the University of Colorado, Naropa University, K-12 schools, and community classes.

He is currently devoted to building the Akpe Cultural Center in Ghana.  Its purpose will be as a venue for teaching and preserving Ghana’s traditional arts.  It will give local young people a place to learn and practice those arts and will attract artists and students from the rest of the world, which will enhance the economy of the entire region.

At the end of last year, Maputo conducted an Indiegogo campaign and met his funding goal for the first phase of the project (foundations) and is about to launch a new campaign for the second phase (walls and structure). There will be a fundraiser performance at the Odd Fellows Hall on May 2 with bands and African musical traditions.

Maputo is a Fiscal Sponsee of BCAA.  You can contribute to the Akpe Cultural Center here

If you'd like to be in the Limelight, shoot us an email.






Akpe Cultural Center 


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

Boulder Metalsmithing Association, 4919 Broadway St Unit 14, Boulder, CO 80304 info@bouldermetalsmiths.com

Have you ever wanted to know how the jewelry you wear is made? Would you like to know how to create your own jewelry designs?

Come to the next Second Saturday Demonstration! Demos are open to the public - you don’t have to be a member to attend. RSVP and pay only $5 per demo.

Hands-on workshops in a variety of metalsmithing techniques are available.  Working metalsmiths can get studio time.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Primary purposes:

  1. To educate its members and the public about the creative and technical processes about the art and practice of metalsmithing;
  2. To conduct or sponsor demonstrations, seminars and workshops relating to the metal arts;
  3. To give Colorado metalsmiths exposure through exhibition, lecture, presentations and other activities.

Space is also available to rent for workshops and classes. Affordable rates, Wi-fi, chairs, restroom. To schedule a tour, email info@bouldermetalsmiths.com.  For more information, or to join Boulder Metalsmithing Association, visit the website.



BCAA Acknowledgements

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Volunteers for January:

  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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