Following is the Boulder County Arts Alliance monthly E-Newsletter for MARCH 2016 containing information on upcoming BCAA news, programs, and deadlines.

In This Issue
  • Register Your Event for Boulder Arts Week
  • Apply for the Community Arts Fund
  • Business of Arts - Two Marketing Workshops
  • BCAA Endowment Grants
  • Celebrate Dance Month in Boulder
  • Board Members for BCAA wanted!
  • Who's in the Limelight?
  • BCAA Facilities Directory - Featured Venue - Barrio E' Cultural Center
  • BCAA Acknowledgements
Register Your Event for Boulder Arts Week
March 25 - April 2, 2016

Get Involved! Don't miss the Opening Party on 3/25 @Twisted Pine Brewing!

BCAA is proud to be a lead collaborator again for Boulder Arts Week, now in its 3rd year. Are you an artist or arts organization that would like to participate? All are welcome! It's up to each artist or arts organization to schedule and produce their own event, but we're happy to help however we can. 

There are several local businesses interested in hosting artists during Boulder Arts Week. Learn more about how to get permits and see spaces that are available HERE.

Already have an event planned?

If you have a venue lined up and an event scheduled, please get it submitted to BAW's calendar! You can do that HERE. Once your event is submitted and approved, we'll get you up on our list of participants. Boulder Arts Week and BCAA's calendars are linked, so your event will automatically show up on both calendars.

Check out the Boulder Arts Week Presenter Tool Kit, which you can download HERE! Our goal is to reach as many people in the seven county metro area as possible. 

  • Ensure your staff is well versed in what BAW is and how it applies to your organization! 
  • Incorporate BAW awareness into your front line (ushers, docents, box office, and volunteer training)!
  • Include BAW messaging where you can--press releases, programs, social media, or just talking to a friend/colleague!

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Like us on Facebook 

Follow us on Twitter and  Instagram

Please encourage your audiences and patrons to do the same. We're using social media to get the word out as much as possible!





Apply for the Community Arts Fund 
Application open until March 31, 2016 

Request for Proposal Form

Thanks to the support of individual donors and Boulder Body Wear, the Community Arts Fund has reached $500! BCAA is now accepting Requests for Proposals from members who need funding for current projects.

We are particularly interested in funding projects in which $500 will have a significant impact as well as ones that speak to BCAA's core values of being inclusive, innovative, and accessible. This is the perfect opportunity for projects that involve risk-taking and experimental ideas. Independent artists and emerging organizations are encouraged to apply.

Proposals must be submitted online through the BCAA website through the link above.

Please read the guidelines or contact the BCAA office if you have any questions.

Business of Arts - Two Marketing Workshops
Cindy Sewell Hohman of Focus on Marketing will present

March 23 & April 12

How to Write a Marketing Plan

Wednesday, March 23 from 11:30 am - 1 pm

Gain a deeper understanding of your patrons, your opportunities, and ideas to help grow your business and increase revenue. This is a repeat of the December workshop for those who missed it.

How to Use MailChimp - Email Marketing

Tuesday, April 12 from 11:30 am - 1 pm

Are you convinced that you need an email newsletter, but don't know how to get started? Do you have a MailChimp account set up, but don't know what to do next? Join us for a hands-on MailChimp workshop where you will set up your list, create a subscription form, design a template, and create your first email campaign.

Both workshops will meet at the Flatirons Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. Space is limited.  Please pre-register using the links above to secure your spot.

Cindy has been working in the arts for nearly a decade. With experience in small arts organizations, large cultural institutions, and everything in between, she brings a wealth of experience to the table.

$10 BCAA Members/$15 non-members

BCAA Endowment Grants/BCAA Becas Para Talentos
Application available online /En Espanol

Deadline for applications is April 7 at 5 pm.

March 17 from 5-6 pm - Register for Spanish language coaching session

March 24 from 5-6 pm - Register for English language coaching session

BCAA Endowment Grants for Operating Support and Equipment purchase are available this spring. These grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. Individual artists may also apply for equipment support. 

In 2016, BCAA is able to offer additional grant awards and increase the funding cap thanks to the support of the Hemera Foundation. Hemera, a family foundation based in Boulder, supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. In the Arts, Hemera supports visionary emerging projects and those at a critical stage of their development. As it begins its arts grant making program, BCAA, through this grant, will act as the local intermediary for the organization over the next two years. We are very pleased to announce that we are able to increase the maximum grant award to $5,000.

Two BCAA Fellowships in the disciplines of Media and Theatre are also available this round. These are unrestricted cash awards ($1,000) designed to further the established artist's career and to recognize artistic achievement through an accumulated body of work in the designated discipline. Every year, fellowships are awarded in different disciplines. 

For more information, go to Grant Guidelines or Guidelines En Espanol.


Grants will be awarded on 

May 23, 2016

at the 

BCAA Annual Meeting & 50thAnniversary Celebration.

Celebrate Boulder's Dance Month
April is Dance Month in Boulder!

Calendar includes activities from March 25 - May 1
In 2016, Dance Bridge is partnering with BCAA to create an online calendar - and we need your information. View the calendar and submit your information for inclusion in the calendar. 

Enter your special events, exhibits, performances, workshops & master classes (no ongoing classes please), dance parties and activities to make this a comprehensive marketing tool highlighting dance in Colorado.  

The calendar will cover activities from Boulder Arts Week (March 25 - April 2) through National Dance Week (April 22 - May 1), and BCAA will send out special e-newsletters highlighting the offerings taking place.  Don't miss this wonderful marketing opportunity.  Make sure you Subscribe to BCAA's weekly calendar of events to receive e-newsletters.


Board Members Wanted for BCAA
Meetings held on the first Monday evening of the month 

@Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St from 6-8 pm

If you are:

  • passionate about BCAA's mission to act as a catalyst to incubate, stimulate and sustain a thriving arts community in Boulder County
  • interested in increasing the diversity of our membership and organization
  • culturally competent

consider becoming a member of BCAA's Board of Directors! This year BCAA celebrates its 50th Anniversary.  There's never been a better time to get more involved.  Help shape and drive our initiatives to make arts and culture thrive in Boulder County! 


Call 303-447-2422 or Email Charlotte LaSasso, Executive Director, for more information.

Who's in the Limelight?
Jill Powers, Contemporary Installation Artist

Exhibition: Holdfast: Seaweeds in a Time of Oceanic Change, March 4 - April 3

Jill Powers is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University’s Visual Art Department. She founded the course in Eco Art, teaches Ephemeral Art, and specializes in unusual natural materials. Her previous eco-themes have included ecological issues with bark beetles and western forests, silkworms and insect life.

In her new exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts (McMahon Gallery), she brings together her life-long love of the ocean and the captivating details of seaweeds.

The show is called Holdfast, named for the part of the seaweed that anchors it, even in the turbulence of the tidal surf. It is a metaphor for our times:  Hold fast to what is important during turbulent times, staying both flexible and strong.

This multi-sensory art installation is full of sound, movement, taste, and vivid presence of the ocean. Visitors will experience video of an underwater kelp forest, a seaweed-tasting station; a wall of diatom forms, salt encrusted art, luminous bull kelp sculptures and more. The art addresses ocean temperatures, acidification, the ocean food web, plastics in the ocean, and invasive species. 

Jill works extensively with natural materials, including kozo, a fibrous plant material that she works by hand in a wet stage to shape into her art. It's perfect for creating the fluid seaweed forms. Jill also appreciates the culinary benefits of seaweeds, and has been cooking with seaweeds for 25 years. 

Along with the art exhibition, there will be public programs to explore the fascinating world of seaweeds. Enjoy tastings, hikes, cooking classes, restaurant events, a lecture, films, workshops, botanical collections, and more. Click here for more information about these events.

Jill Powers

Jill Powers


Jill Powers

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 we encourage you to check out the BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) list for Boulder Arts Week. These are sites/businesses willing to host YOUR event.

This Month's Featured Venue: 

Barrio E' CENTRO, 417 Main St, Longmont

Contact:  Tamil Maldonado, 787-914-9554 to either rent, sponsor or partner with Barrio E’ CENTRO

With the motto, Be Movement. Be Culture. Be You!, Barrio E’ fosters Latin American and Caribbean cultural diversity in the arts in the state of Colorado. Barrio E’ recently opened their first physical location, Barrio E’ CENTRO in Longmont. The center’s mission is to encourage civic engagement and education of all cultures.

Rental Space is available for

  • Instructors to rent and offer their knowledge of underrepresented arts to the Longmont and surrounding communities
  • Community events, public and private events
  • Group rehearsals 
  • Art Gallery

Barrio E' is also looking for sponsors who can provide funds to help maintain the space and keep it open for the benefit of the community.

This 1600 square foot space can hold up to 300 persons. Rates:

$25.00 per hour for classes/workshops

$30.00 per hour for events

    BCAA Acknowledgements

    Thank you New and Renewing Members

    Thank you this month's Volunteers

    • Cindy Domenico, Artist Displacement Panelist
    • Lisa Gegaudas, Artist Displacement Panelist
    • Tamil Maldonado, Artist Displacement Panelist
    • Wes Jessup, Artist Displacement Moderator
    • Jessica Parker, Artist Displacement Moderator
    • Christopher Klene, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
    • Nick Lucernoni, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
    • Heidi Roeber, CU, Artist Displacement Analysis
    • Caitlin Sullivan, Graphic Design
    • Marty Wright, Information Technology
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