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

In This Issue
  • Upcoming BCAA Grant Deadlines
  • Arts on the River - Call for Entry
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Competency Training
  • Please take our Diversity Survey
  • Business of Arts - Crafting the Perfect Artist Statement
  • 2016 Schedule for the Dairy Center for the Arts
  • Discounted Rates for Daily Camera Ads - Membership Benefit
  • Featured Venue - Longmont Museum
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
Upcoming BCAA Grant Deadlines

We are now accepting online applications for the following opportunities:

BCAA Endowment Project Support 

Due by 5:00pm on August 6th. Learn more.

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists 

Due by 5:00pm on August 13th. Learn more.

BCAA Endowment grants are available twice each year.  In the spring, BCAA accepts applications for general operating or equipment support as well as unrestricted fellowships in rotating disciplines.  In late summer (this round), BCAA accepts applications for individual or organizational project support.  Awards are between $1000 and $3000.

The Martha Kate Thomas Fund was established in 2013 through a bequest gift to the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and who have unforeseen needs due to special circumstances. These needs may include loss of equipment or supplies, and unplanned expenses due to natural disaster, debilitating illness, accidents and more. Priority is given to applicants that are not eligible to file insurance claims or who may be eligible but coverage is inadequate to cover the loss. Grant awards will not exceed $3000. Read the inspiring story behind this fund.

BCAA needs Grant panelists to review applications!  Please call 303-447-2422 or email Charlotte LaSasso, BCAA Executive Director if you are interested. 

Arts on the River - Call for Entry
Call for Entry Form  - Deadline extended: August 10, 2015

Arts on the River is a fundraiser for BCAA and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, held along the North Saint Vrain Creek in Lyons at River Bend. The date for the event is Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 12-7pm.  

We are very excited to have Rebecca Folsom performing at this event. Singer/songwriter Folsom's latest CD, Reunion, has been described by Boulder Magazine as “achingly beautiful,” and is a fusion of songs, paintings, and poetry. 

The Boulder Art Therapy Collective will offer an interactive booth where participants can engage in a variety of art materials and create art to take home. Items made by Collective Members/Artist will also be for sale. There will be food trucks and a bar, including libations from Spirit Hound Distillers.

We are looking for artists of all mediums who want to staff a booth and sell their work at the event. For all work sold during the event, BCAA and LAHC retain a 30% commission (split evenly between the two nonprofit organizations). 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 BCAA's website. Acceptances are being made on a rolling basis until filled. Don't wait - we have only a few spaces left!

We love volunteers for help with set up, take down and artist sales!  If you are interested in helping at Arts on the River, please email BCAA or call us at 303-447-2422.

Photo credits for featured artists:  Dusty Shutt (top), Holly Beck, (middle) and Bruce Shaver (bottom).

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Cultural Sensitivity and Comptency Training
Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St, Hearing Room, 3rd Floor

Monday, August 10, 2015 from 6 - 7:30 pm

The goal of this training is to foster culturally competent leaders and facilitators who will be effective in working within the arts community in Boulder County. Present at the sesssion will be BCAA grant panelists, Community Foundation staff, Boulder County Cultural Council (SCFD), and the Boulder Arts Commissioners. This is an open meeting; members of the public are welcome to attend but opportunity for discussion will be limited. 

The workshop will be led by Johanna B. Maes, Ph.D, faculty with the Ethnic Living and Learning Community Program at University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information and to register, click here.

Please take our Diversity Survey
Use this link to complete: BCAA Diversity Survey

We need your participation!

Please help us conduct a diversity assessment of our membership and larger constituency by completing this anonymous survey

This survey takes only two minutes to complete.  Your answers are vital for our grant reporting and will help educate our staff and Board of Directors about the constituency we serve.

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Business of Arts Workshop:  Crafting the Perfect Artist Statement
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St, Boulder

Thursday, September 10 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
You have an Artist Statement. You might think it's "good." But chances are, it's not. This is your chance to get honest criticism from three visual arts professionals who have read hundreds of Artist Statements and want to help you make yours "great."

The Artist Statement is an important tool in promoting your work. It can help you connect with gallery owners, museum curators and buyers. Or it can turn them off. We'll share examples of Dos and Don'ts, and then in a friendly, professional manner, you'll get tips for improving your own statement.

The advisors:

  • Mardee Goff, Associate Curator, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Kathy Kucsan, Founder, Integrity Arts
  • Crystal Polis, Communications Manager, BCAA and Independent Consultant

For more information and to register, click here.


Thank you to BMoCA for hosting this event!

Get your tickets to ARTMIXBMoCA’s annual auction and fundraiser! The event is on Friday, September 18.


Extensive Construction has begun!

Click here to request dates for rentals

Thank you Boulder for your support of Ballot Measure 2A that has allowed the Dairy Center to begin the much-needed renovation of the old Watts-Hardy Dairy building. And a big thank-you as well to Gordon and Grace Gamm who contributed $1 million to The Dairy – the largest gift in the Center's history. BCAA is one of many arts organizations to rent space in the Dairy.

The future is exciting for audiences and presenters alike with comprehensive improvements planned to dramatically enhance every experience at The Dairy. The work will be completed in three phases to allow for keeping at least parts of the building open during the eighteen months of construction.
Here’s the plan:
Phase One: The Face of The Dairy
Timing:  August 1 – December 31, 2015
  • A new exterior that itself will be new piece of architectural art for Boulder with a dramatic waved roof.
  • A welcoming main entrance with a convenient and easily accessible box office.
  • An enhanced and enlarged lobby, complete with a café.
  • A transparent glass atrium with an adjoining outside plaza.
  • Improved events space, complete with the support of a catering kitchen.
Phase Two: Transformed Theaters
Timing: January 1 – August 1, 2016
  • Enhanced Gordon Gamm Performance Theater – an outstanding 250-set venue
  • New and enlarged Grace Gamm Drama Theater – an exciting new 116 seat theater
  • New and reconfigured Carsen Theater – ideal for experimental theater and intimate performances
  • Six new dressing rooms and three new great rooms with state-of-the art amenities
  • Technical, lighting, and sound improvements in all theaters – including sound proofing
Phase Three: Space Improvements
Timing: August 1, 2016 – December 15, 2016
  • The addition of a parent/student waiting area by the west entrance
  • A new elevator at the west entrance for handicapped accessibility
  • New ballet changing stations
  • A new multi-purpose meeting room
  • Enlarged catering kitchen
  • Modernized offices for staff and co-located resident organizations




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Dairy Center Honors

The Dairy Center Honors is a special night for Boulder Saturday, September 12. This exciting and inspiring evening features tribute performances by a surprise line-up of performers appearing on stage in the Performance Space at The Dairy. These performances pay tribute to seven outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in our community. 
Modeled after the famed Kennedy Center Honors, this special event begins with an Honoree reception at 6:00pm. The program in the Performance Space Theater at The Dairy begins at 7:30.
The 2015 Honorees include:
Barbara Dilley, Founder of Naropa Dance Program and Professional Dancer
Polly Addison, Artist and Art Philanthropist
Art Lande, Jazz Pianist and Music Instructor
Jim Palmer, Cinema Champion and Retired CU Film Studies Professor
Michael Duran, Artistic Director, BDT Stage
Susan Booker, Lafayette Cultural Resources Coordinator
Richard Polk, Humanitarian and Arts Supporter 

Dairy Renovations 

Note: Some elements of the plan may be delayed until additional funding is available.
For more information about how you can help, please contact Bill Obermeier at bill@thedairy.org
Daily Camera Group Ad Opportunities
Printed in the Friday Magazine

Reserve now for August and September
Did you know that members of BCAA receive discounted rates for ads in the Daily Camera?  The ads run on Fridays, with artwork due the preceding Monday.  Color ads are now available!

We must have two or more participants to qualify for a "group" ad and to secure the following discounted rates:

Black and White Ads:

  • ¼ page - $200 4.5” x 4.5”
  • ½ page - $400 4.5” x 9 “ (horizontal or vertical)
Color Ads:

  • ¼ page - $260 4.5” x 4.5”
  • ½ page - $525 4.5” x 9 “ (horizontal or vertical)

Daily Camera 

Friday Magazine

We are running a large ad on August 14! Let us know if you want to be a part of it, or if other Fridays in August or September interest you.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please contact crystal@bouldercountyarts.org.

BCAA Facilities Directory - 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

Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501 

Contact: David Ortolano, Auditorium Manager, (303) 774-4786

Now Open, the Longmont Museum’s expansion features several outstanding rental spaces, whether for corporate retreats, training sessions or elegant dinners. Spaces available: 

The Stewart Auditorium 

A 250-seat venue with state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting, and audiovisual equipment.



The Swan Atrium

An elegant glass-walled atrium, suitable for formal or informal gatherings. Seats 80 at tables.



Kaiser Permanente Education Center

Suitable for meetings, retreats or presentations. Seats up to 112, can be divided into three smaller spaces for breakout sessions.


Contact Auditorium Manager David Ortolano for more information on fees and availability.

 Stewart Auditorium

Swan Atrium

Kaiser Permanente Center

BCAA Acknowledgements

Congratulations to the 2015 Pathways to Jazz Grant Recipients! This grant is made possible through the generous support of Alan Cogen.  Thank you, Alan, for supporting jazz musicians and jazz music on the Front Range!

Matthew Fuller

Jeff Jenkins

TerriJo Jenkins

Jason Klobnak

Lewis and Church Expeditions

Josh Quinlan

Joshua Reed

Anisha Rush

Emily Takahashi

Heath Walton

Samuel Williams

Thank you New and Renewing Members

Elisabeth Abel

Holly Beck

Boulder Ballet

Arpita Choudhury

Coal Creek Theater of Louisville

Dancin' Divas

Edward Scott Harrison

Lyons International Film Festival


Viki Psihoyos

Joanna Rotkin

Susan Soklin

Jim Walker

Lindsey Wohlman

Joan Wolfer

Thank you to this month's Volunteers

  • Jenna Chatillon, Office Volunteer
  • Sara McCrea, Intern
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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