Sightlines: March 2, 2023

Boulder County arts and culture news, at a glance

Courtesy Boulder Arts Week

We love our local arts scene here in Boulder County — but with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why Boulder Weekly is bringing you our regular round-up of goings-on in the world of performing and visual arts, film, music and more. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening locally, so you don’t have to miss a beat. 

LITTLE SCRIBBLERS: Young writers wanted for Dairy Arts stage show 

Know an elementary school student who has a way with words? Storybooks on Stage seeks stories written by kids from first through fifth grade for a springtime performance at The Dairy Arts Center (2590 Walnut St). Winning selections will get the stage treatment by professional actors, along with two free tickets for the young author and a meet-and-greet with the performers.

The contest is limited to one entry per writer, with a submission deadline of Friday, March 21. Each story is limited to 250 words, “typed or very neatly written.” Winning story performances will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. More info here.

FREE SPACE: New fee-waiver program launches at eTown Hall

It’s no secret that venue accessibility is a barrier for many performing artists here in Boulder. That’s why eTown and the Boulder Arts Commission are offering rent-free performance space for up to 12 days per calendar year at eTown Hall (1535 Spruce St.) available to Boulder-based cultural organizations.

“While costs have gone up since the pandemic, eTown recognizes the need for access to affordable spaces for both performing and rehearsing in Boulder,” eTown Founder Nick Forster said in a Feb. 23 press release. “With that in mind, eTown is proud to support our thriving arts community.”

Visit for program eligibility, guidelines and applications.

SOUND OFF: Longmont-based arts org wants your feedback        

Got thoughts on the state of the arts in Longmont? The Longmont Alliance for Arts and Entertainment is soliciting feedback in the form of a survey to “ensure the cultural richness of our wonderful city for our future generations.”

The online questionnaire is designed to collect information regarding new recreation and cultural project facilities and renovations. Fill out the survey here.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Apply now for City of Boulder cultural grants program 

Need funding for your next big cultural endeavor? More than $900,000 in grant funds will be dispersed this year through the 2023 Boulder Arts Commission Cultural Grants Program, helping support community and arts education projects, along with professional development scholarships, grant writing support and more. 

Organizations, individuals and classrooms are encouraged to apply. Review the grand program guidelines, funding structure and deadlines here.

SAVE THE DATE: Boulder Arts Week deadlines ahead 

The city’s only large-scale, community-wide art bash returns April 7-15 for another round of gallery shows, live music, workshops, film screenings and more. With Boulder boasting the country’s third-highest concentration of artists according to the National Endowment for the Arts, Boulder Arts Week is a great opportunity to experience everything the city has to offer when it comes to culture. 

Boulder Weekly will partner with the annual community arts blowout to bring you a full schedule of events in our April 6 print edition. In the meantime, you can submit your event through Wednesday, March 22. Volunteer opportunities available here


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