Inaugural Boulder Arts Week to Take Place 3/28-4/6
Over 100 artists and arts organizations are expected to participate in the first ever Boulder Arts Week, taking place March 28 through April 6. This weeklong celebration of the robust arts community in Boulder will feature a diverse range of arts and entertainment in venues throughout the community. Boulder Arts Week will offer fine art, sculpture, dance, theatre, music, cinema, and outdoor art experiences at traditional venues, such as the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Macky Auditorium, and the Dairy Center for the Arts, as well as unexpected venues including retail stores, warehouses, street corners, and even buses.
Dr. Emily K. Harrison, Project Manager for Boulder Arts Week, says "Boulder has one of the highest concentrations of artists in the nation and is consistently nationally recognized as a top arts destination. There's some truly innovative and amazing work happening right here in our own backyard, and that work will be on display during Boulder Arts Week. This week of celebrating all manner of arts and culture happenings will generate even more interest in the dynamic arts community in Boulder and hopefully attract lots of new visitors to experience our city."
Boulder Arts Week is a new effort to stimulate greater collaboration among artists, arts organizations, arts venues, and local businesses and then leverage that collaboration to build awareness of Boulder's substantial and active arts community to further Boulder's reputation as an arts destination. According to the Trends Report issued by the Community Foundation, Boulder has the eighth largest concentration of artists in the nation. In addition, it has an outstanding reputation for excellent theatre and a growing dance community. The University of Colorado at Boulder and Naropa University serve as additional resources and catalysts for arts of every kind.
Mayor Matt Applebaum recently signed an official declaration proclaiming March 28-April 6th 2014 Boulder Arts Week, stating, "I am excited about the launch of Boulder Arts Week. We all know that Boulder is a magnet for artists, and this week will shine a light on their work and the wealth of talent and spirit they contribute to our community as well the incredible range of arts experiences available for everyone in the City and the region to enjoy."
Boulder Arts Week kicks off with a special kick-off party at The Dairy Center for the Arts at 5:30pm on Friday, March 28thevening's offerings alone showcase the diversity of arts in Boulder and include the popular Troubadours Collective, featuring Ramaya, Dechen Hawk, and friends performing at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place; a gallery opening for Boulder-based photographer and media artist Joe Friend's latest show at madelife; the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's production of Dava Sobel's "And The Sun Stood Still," and The Boulder Bach Festival/3rd Law Dance/Theatre collaboration "The Obstinate Pearl," both at The Dairy Center for the Arts.
A Fundraiser for Boulder Arts Week 2015 will take place at the Boulder Theater starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. The event will feature several renowned local artists and performers, including Boulder-born musician and composer Janet Feder. The evening will culminate in the premiere of a short film about The Boulder Tattoo Project, which features the poetry of Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and a score by Boulder-based musician and songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov.
"Art of every description will be happening all over Boulder and we hope that everyone in the Boulder area takes advantage of it," said Harrison. "There truly is something for everyone and the complete listing of what's happening when and where can be found at boulderartsweek.org."
Some highlights of Boulder Arts Week include:
"The Obstinate Pearl": 7 p.m., March 28 and March 29 at The Dairy Center for the Arts, $20-$25. "The Obstinate Pearl" is a collaboration between the Boulder Bach Festival and 3rd Law Dance/Theater. Boulder Bach music director and electric violinist Zachary Carrettin joins dance artists in a creative and original performance. Driven by the transcendent music of J.S. Bach, dancers and musician move through time, drawing the audience forward from the seventeenth century into the modern era.
"Fringe-y Double Feature": TinHOUSE Experimental Dance Theatre/Hoarded Stuff Performance present a new version of Fringe hit "The Great Green," followed by square product theatre's "Live Lit: an Evening of Storytelling" featuring Kelsie Huff. 7:30 p.m. March 29 at madelife, $10-$15. "Fringe-y Double Feature" will feature Boulder Fringe staples TinHouse Experimental Dance Theatre, square product theatre, and Kelsie Huff. The evening will kick off with a performance of an updated version of 2013 Boulder Fringe Encore Award Winner "The Great Green," co-created and produced by TinHouse Experimental Dance Theater and Hoarded Stuff Performance. Following a brief intermission, the evening will continue with square product theatre's "Live Lit: an Evening of Storytelling," written and performed by 3-time Boulder Fringe Encore Award Winner Kelsie Huff.