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

  • Upcoming Grant Opportunities
  • Update on the Bolder Boulder
  • Business of Arts: Tip of the Month
  • List Your Events in the Boulder Arts Week Calendar
  • Arts Advocacy Day 2015
  • Colorado Creative Industries Summit 2015
  • Nominate for the Dairy Center Honors
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • Featured Venue - Boulder Center for Conscious Community
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
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.


BCAA is looking to partner with and supply entertainment for the 2015 10K race on Memorial Day - Monday, May 25

Share your ideas with this Bolder Boulder Interest Form

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. 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. 

So far we have heard from singers, metalsmiths, Samba, rock and classical musicians and puppeteers!  By the beginning of April we will be finalizing ideas and figuring out logistics, so we need to hear from you quickly. Share your ideas and level of interest on this form.




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Do You Tweet Seats?

Using Twitter to create a buzz around your performance

A "tweet seat" is a seat, or one of a block of seats, reserved in cinemas and theaters for those who wish to send tweets to Twitter followers about the event while it’s in progress.  Venues are increasingly encouraging patrons to bring their phones and tweet during events, but they often reserve specific seats for this to ensure that smartphone users don’t disturb other patrons.  By encouraging guests to live tweet performances, venues can gain valuable exposure and marketing.  They also open themselves up to a lot more criticism and commentary.

Considering whether or not tweeting seats would be good for your organization?  Read on for a good summary by Deb Sherrer of the pros and cons.




Get your events listed in the Calendar!

If you are planning something during Boulder Arts Week (March 27 - April 4), the time to get your event listed in the Calendar is now!  When you submit events to BCAA's calendar, if they are happening during BAW, you will be prompted to agree to the following:
  • To use the Boulder Arts Week logo in all promotional materials.
  • To verbally acknowledge Boulder Arts Week at your event(s).
  • To provide up to four complimentary tickets for Boulder Arts Week representatives, if requested. Requests will be made within a reasonable timeframe.
  • To allow use of images from your event for Boulder Arts Week promotional purposes. You may either provide images or allow BAW staff/volunteers to take photos during your event.
Your event will automatically be populated into both BCAA and BAW's calendars. Don't delay so you can take advantage of early publicity and also show our sponsors how many exciting events are taking place!






Meet Your Legislators

Wednesday, March 11 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant St, Denver (14th and Grant)

Your elected officials need to know why the arts should be supported–and Arts for Colorado gives you the opportunity to tell them. This event extends beyond advocating for arts, and offers professional development sessions that will help take your career and organization to the next level. Several dynamic speakers are on the agenda.

See the Schedule of events and Register.  Please contact Stefan Runstrom if you have questions or would like additional information about this event.




April 23 -24 in Fort Collins

The annual Creative Industries Summit is a two-day conference that targets creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and non-profit cultural workers, and creative district leaders. Topics address practical, nuts-and-bolts approaches to creative business and how-to’s for working collectively with creatives, municipalities and businesses.

Boulder County Arts Leadership Forum (BCALF) is producing a Panel on "Reinventing Arts Coverage" on the Friday morning with Presenters Chloe Veltman (Arts Reporter, Colorado Public Radio) and Quentin Young (Reporter, Longmont Times Call).

Read more and Register.

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Nomination are open through April 30, 2015. Please email to:bill@thedairy.org

Nominate your Boulder area arts hero.

The Dairy Center for the Arts will recognize living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to Boulder Area culture. In recognition of lifetime investment and commitment to the arts, an evening of tribute performances will salute Honorees in the second annual Dairy Center Honors September 12, 2015.

Nominate someone who has made a significant impact through excellence and artistic achievement in theater, dance, music, visual arts, or motion picture.

Nominate someone whose humanitarian efforts have benefitted and/or brought credit to the arts community.

Nominate a business you believe has made a significant impact on this area’s arts community.



 Barbara Demaree, founder of Ballet Arts, precursor  to Boulder Ballet

 Richard Bell, founder of The Upstart Crow Theatre  Company

 Mark Addison, former CU art instructor and leading  supporter of Boulder visual arts

 Marda Kirn, founding director of EcoArts Connections

 Robin & Kathy Beeck, founders of Boulder  International Film Festival


 Sacha Millstone, The Millstone Evans Group,  Business Supporter Award

 Stephanie Rudy, Humanitarian Award

Kari and Adjei Abankwah

BaoBao Foundation

Last month we featured Maputo Mensah, a master drummer working to build an art center in his native Ghana.  This month we feature Kari and Adjei Abankwah who have been bringing the rich songs, stories, dance and music of West Africa to the Front Range for the past 12 years through BaoBao Festival.  This year is especially remarkable as BaoBao Festival has become part of BaoBao Foundation.  Please visit the new website to learn more about how they are strengthening community through the African arts here in Colorado and back in Ghana.   

We hope to see you at the upcoming BaoBao Festival at Casey Middle School in Boulder on March 7 from 6:30 - 10:00 pm!

The BaoBao Festival offers drum and dance workshops, vibrant performances by professional artists from West Africa, cultural markets, storytelling, flute serenades, and samples of food from all across the continent.  The Festival is inspired by the age-old tradition of communities gathering under the Baobab tree to tell stories, sing, dance and drum.  Projects help support the BaoBao Library Project.

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





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 Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th Street info@consciousboulder.com, 303-999-0442

The actual space of the BC3 is a quiet oasis above the busiest intersection in Boulder.  Just walking in will give you the sense of coming home. The main workshop space is surrounded by offices inhabited by body workers, psychotherapists, enery healers, coaches, artists, writers, athletes, and more.

Features include:

  • Rentable spaces (1100sf, 377sf, smaller offices rentable by time share and by the hour)
  • Area for registration/welcome
  • Kitchen
  • Wi-fi
  • Audio hook-up
  • TV hook-up
  • 55 chairs, 10 chair-backs, 7 (3'x6') tables, 5 balance balls
  • Friendly people
  • Energetically clear, filled with beautiful art created by community members
  • Gorgeous views of the Flatirons through huge windows
  • Restrooms
  • Filtered water
  • Within walking distance of multiple restaurants, cafes, and shopping


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BC3 space


Welcome New Organizational Members

Thank you to this month's Volunteers

  • Joei Chuong, CU Leadership Collaboration Challenge
  • Thor Eaton, CU Leadership Collaboration Challenge
  • Hunter Leise, Public Art Map
  • Nina McGarvey, CU Leadership Collaboration Challenge
  • Saydie Sago, CU Leadership Collaboration Challenge
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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