With Boulder ranked 8th among U.S. cities with the highest concentration of artists, it’s a wonder how an entire week dedicated to the city’s art scene is just now making its debut.
Executive Directors of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary art–David Dadone–and The Dairy Center for the Arts–Bill Obermeier–conceived the idea less than a year ago, in summer 2013. They both agreed they wanted to heighten awareness of Boulder’s vibrant art scene and take their efforts beyond the doors of their local art organizations. “We wanted to create more visible robust art community,” says Obermeier. “We’ve got the community, we just need to draw more attention to it within Boulder itself as well as the nation.”
The duo rounded up a team of minds from the Boulder Chamber, CU Presents, Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder County Arts Alliance and a few more Boulder arts leaders to get their vision underway.
“I see it turning into the sort of event that attracts people to our community from all over the country–and even the world,” says Emily K. Harrison, Project Manager of BAW.
In it’s inaugural year, Boulder Arts Week is expected to “put Boulder on the map” as an arts destination in the future. “Kind of what Austin, Texas has done with music, we can do with art here in Boulder,” says Obermeier.
Patrons will see pop-up restaurants and galleries throughout Boulder this week. The Dairy even has a pop-up gallery of its own. Stationed in The Village Shopping Center, the gallery displays everything from jewelry to pottery and runs all through arts week. The Dairy will also be hosting the Boulder Arts Week Opening Night Kick Off tonight.
“A lot of people will got to New York just to buy art. We want people to realize you can buy great art right here in our own community,” Harrison says. She’s particularly excited for the Celebration of the Arts on April 2nd. Boulder Theater will play host to artists ranging from talented musicians to magicians and all event proceeds will be funneled directly into Boulder Arts Week 2015.
150 events are scheduled for the premier Boulder Arts Week–with the list constantly growing. It’s free to participate and Harrison encourages Boulderites to put together their own events which can be added at anytime during the week.
Featured image: Flatirons by Phil Lewis, purchase here.