NoBo Art District: Creative Commerce at its finest

Boulder’s last bastion of shabby cool creates a thriving arts scene

For arts lovers seeking local, diversified and keeping-it-real art, the NoBo Art District delivers on all counts.

NoBo Art District exists in Boulder’s grittier quarters – chiefly the North Broadway warehouse corridor – and represents a roll call of local talent, including newcomers and well established artists alike.

Formed during the infamously business-detrimental Broadway Street repairs seven years ago, NoBo Art District began as a collaboration of artists helping one another foster the commercial side of their pursuits. Today the district organizes and assists more than 200 professional local artists.

“What we’re really all about is helping artists make money for their creative efforts.” explains board president and member artist Annette Coleman. “That’s something that is challenging in this economy and in this society as well.”

NOBO Art District First Friday events draw a crowd (courtesy image).

Enjoying NOBO Art District First Friday (courtesy image)

Drawing strong and constant crowds for its First Friday events, the district encompasses established and emerging galleries, some increasingly gaining in prestige. Art is displayed in the homes, studios and work spaces of artists in North Boulder, a corridor not yet saturated in overpriced real estate.

What patrons miss in see-and-be-seen downtown spaces, they gain in accessibility to rich local talent – seeing and discovering undiscovered art.

That doesn’t mean the district precludes artists outside its physical zone. Those situated beyond the corridor are welcome to join in all endeavors, with First Friday exhibition spaces gladly arranged. The Dairy Center for the Arts is a collaborative partner, as is Open Arts, madelife and many others.

Cooperation that fuels creative commerce is NOBO Art District’s cornerstone approach. We are excited to feature the district as our Featured Friend for March – a month in which we focus on Boulder’s arts and creative economy. Watch for stories in this space all month.