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

In This Issue
  • Business of Arts - Crafting the Perfect Artist Statement
  • 'Tis the Season - Fall Arts Happenings
  • City Council Candidate Forum for the Arts
  • New BCAA Membership benefit
  • Arts on the River Wrap-Up
  • Donate to the Community Arts Fund
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • Featured Venue - Tinkermill
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
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 communicating what you really want. 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.


'Tis the Season:  Fall Arts Happenings
Make sure your Fall Events are listed in BCAA's calendar

Go to the Arts Calendar from our homepage to submit and see what's happening!

 The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2015-16 concert season, Reflections: The Spirit of Boulder,with an opening night on September 13 that captures the essence of storytelling and solo virtuosity. Ravel’s beloved Mother Goose Suite sets the tone for a night of storytelling with its evocative, enchanting scenes. The first of the night’s featured guest artists is violinist Charles Wetherbee, performing the Colorado premiere of The Storyteller. Also joining the Boulder Phil on opening night is Grammy-nominated, international soloist Gabriela Montero

be brave! be bold! be fringe! This year's Boulder International Fringe Festival will take place from September 16th - 27th and features 234 Performances in 9 venues across 12 days. The Artists are an integral part of the Fringe community. With over seventy groups, all with their unique visions, this year’s festival will be a rich twelve days full of ingenuity, art, madness, and beauty. Read more about the people behind the Fringe below in Who's in the Limelight.

Discover the niche Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, dedicated to works that merge the beauty of dance with the innovations of cinematic art. See films from across the country and around the world. Each evening will present a different selection of Screendance. The festival takes place September 25 & 26 in the ATLAS Black Box theater, downstairs basement level B2, Roser ATLAS building, CU-Boulder campus. The festival continues in October and November with screenings at The Boedecker Theater and Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library.


Boulder Phil 

Fringe postcardSans Souci 

City Council Candidate Forum for the Arts

Thursday, October 8 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Shine Restaurant, 2027 13th St, Boulder

Please RSVP to Sally Eckert of Boulder Arts Matrix

Boulder Arts Matrix and Boulder County Arts Alliance are hosting a Forum for the Arts to offer the community an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for City Council and their positions on the future of art and culture in Boulder. The City of Boulder has reached a critical point in its ability to maintain its reputation as a cultural destination and home for artists and creative industries. We are eager to hear the canditates' views on the role art and culture plays in the vibrancy of our town.

The evening will begin with an informal gathering, followed by a moderated panel discussion at 6:00, finishing up with a meet-and-greet with the candidates. Food and libations will be for sale. Please help us spread the word to local arts groups. We are reaching out to Plan Boulder, Open Boulder, Better Boulder, Livable Boulder and all neighborhood listings. 

We hope you will join us for this historic discussion of the future of art and culture in Boulder.







New BCAA Membership Benefit
Join or Renew your Membership today

Click here to become a BCAA Member

As a member of BCAA, you are entitled to a FREE digital issue of Professional Artist.  This magazine is dedicated to providing independent visual artists from all backgrounds with the insights, encouragement and business strategies they need to make a living with their artwork. When you join or renew, you'll receive the link to  get the next issue!

More Benefits of Membership:




Arts on the River Wrap-Up
Save the Date for Next Year:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to Arts on the River on Sunday, August 23 to support BCAA and Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission!  We were fortunate to have picture-perfect weather along the St. Vrain Creek as a backdrop to the paintings, prints, jewelry, photographs, handbags and more that were for sale by 30 fabulous artists. We are pleased to say that artist sales were 28% more than last year and totalled almost exactly $10,000.

BCAA would especially like to thank Betsy Burton and Mike Whipp for donating their gorgeous venue, River Bend, for the day and for all their efforts to promote the event! 

We hope to see you next year on August 28, 2016!



Brent Hollingsead at Arts on the River

Donate to the Community Arts Fund
Help us reach our goal of $500 - we're getting there!

or even our stretch goal of $1,000
The Community Arts Fund is a vehicle for businesses, groups and individuals to provide much needed funding for Boulder County arts projects. Art created in the community, by local artists, supported by the community. Do you know a business owner who could use a tax write-off? Help us spread the word! Every amount counts!

You may make a tax-deductible contribution online using a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) by clicking "Contribute to the Fund" in the Community Arts Fund widget on the left side of each page of the BCAA website. Each time a contribution is made to the fund the amount is automatically recorded and tracked. When the fund reaches the target amount, a Request For Proposals (RFP) will be advertised to the BCAA email list and posted to the BCAA website homepage.

The last organization to benefit from the Community Arts Fund was Boulder Opera Company, who used the money to present "Intro to Opera" workshops at no cost to the schools.

Who's in the Limelight?
Alexis Cooley, Executive Producer & Liberty Shellman, Executive Director

Boulder International Fringe Festival

Alexis Cooley, Boulder Fringe’s Executive Producer, is an actor, director, designer, and all around theatre professional, working in Boulder for the past 10 years.

Liberty Shellman, Boulder Fringe’s Executive Director, brings extensive non-profit experience in a variety of roles as well as extensive experience community organizing around social justice.

The Boulder Fringe provides a platform for artists to showcase their artwork often in non-traditional spaces. The Festival showcases independent art that is accessible and affordable. Presenting a year-round way of life capped by an annual 12-day performance art festival, the Fringe brings together local, national, and international shows and other events in Boulder.

Want to get involved? Join the Boulder Fringe Parade Brigade! It is a moving Hullabaloo!, a ruckus of Fringey energy and creativity that brings Art to Boulder whenever and wherever possible! Do you juggle? Do you play a righteous air guitar? Great at extemporaneous site specific poetry? Can you bust out a blistering kazoo solo?!?! Join in to “parade” from one venue to another, spreading the Fringey fun (and promotional materials) as you go! Special awards and prizes for those who parade with passion and gusto!

Boulder County Arts Alliance will be hosting a workshop with advice for artists on improving their Artist Statements on September 26 from 11-noon in the Araphahoe Conference Room at the Boulder Public Library.

Fringe logo


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:

Tinkermill, 1840 Delaware Pl, Unit A, Longmont, CO 80501

Contact: Ron Thomas, Executive Director,  (720) 204-3090

TinkerMill is the largest makerspace in Colorado with over 200 active paying members and almost 1000 total members active on Meetup.  They are a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that supports the concepts of a community workshop and fields an exceptionally talented membership that supports each other and other community entities in learning, teaching, collaborating and creating.  Tinkermill encourages the creation of new products and businesses from its members through mentoring and onsite office and workshop space for new businesses to create new companies.  

They are currently seeking Artists to help design and build the STEAMFest obstacle course.  See details in this Facebook Meetup.

The facility offers a huge space for all your maknig needs. They are not limited to equipment and tools, as the facility offers other features such as:

- Conference Room with video conferencing capabilities.

- 100 MB fiber internet (soon to become a gigabit fiber internet from Longmont Power and Communication).

- Data center with an OpenStack "TinkerMill Cloud" any member can use.

- Offices for rent with a simple month-to-month commitment.

- Storage for projects.

- Huge workshop space for meetings, workshops, and events.

- Lounge for informal meetings.

- Huge shed space for projects.

- Available flex space 'by the foot'.

Tinkermill logo

Tinker mill office space



BCAA Acknowledgements

Thank you New and Renewing Members

Thank you to this month's Volunteers

  • Chrystal DeCoster, Arts on the River
  • Shoshanna Fanizza, Arts on the River
  • Betsy Hubner, Arts on the River
  • Sydney LaSasso, Arts on the River
  • Abbie Lovell, Arts on the River
  • Myia Lyon, Arts on the River
  • Lisa McDonough, Arts on the River
  • Monica McGuckin, Arts on the River
  • Sara McCrea, Intern
  • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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