Community Spotlight Performances


Arts in the Park 2024 will run from June 1, 2024 through Aug. 31, 2024 at and around the Glen Huntington Band Shell. These performances will be free or low cost to the community and provide assistance to local and independent performing artists.

Community Spotlight Performances are a way for the city to provide a viable outdoor venue for local artists and arts professionals, provide art performances and experiences to the community, and create a welcoming and safe space for all. They will run throughout the summer along with our signature events produced by the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department.

To encourage applications to this series, the city will provide sponsorships to qualified organizations.

To be approved, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be an artist, arts non-profit, or arts business producing a performing arts event focused on the Boulder community.
  • Be a performing artist in either the body performing arts (movement/dance/acting) or musical arts.
  • Be willing to produce (with aid from BPR) their own event.
  • Meet all requirements described in the Special Event Guide and Special Event Application for use of the bandshell (based on the event details).
  • Be in good standing with all City of Boulder departments.

  • Use of the bandshell including power and basic lighting.
  • Use of temporary waste receptacles.
  • Use of the existing Connect Boulder Wi-Fi.
  • Facilities for back-of-house operations including storage, loading, dressing, etc.
  • Two 10' x 10' popup canopy tents, one 10' x 20' popup canopy tent, tables, chairs and tent weights.
  • Marketing and promotional support.
  • Security officers (not armed) provided by a local security company.
  • If available, a $250 stipend paid to the performance group at the conclusion of the performance to go toward production costs. Monetary stipends are paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been exhausted.

  • Must request event date(s) in advance to confirm availability.
  • Must compete 2024 Arts in the Park Performance Application.
  • An event as described in the application.
  • Must submit a Special Event Application for review and approval
  • Depending on the size and scope of the proposed event and number of event dates, a refundable deposit may be required.
  • City acknowledgement on all marketing promotional materials.

Applications will be accepted 30 days prior to the event date and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Accepted applications will be notified by Boulder Parks and Recreation.

  • Contact Boulder Parks and Recreation staff at to confirm date availability.
  • Submit a 2024 Arts in the Park Performance Application (below).
  • If selected, we will provide a Sponsorship Agreement for you to review and sign.
  • If selected, you will complete the Special Event Permit Application.

Performance groups can contact Rosa Wright directly at with program questions.

Proposals will be reviewed by city staff. The review will evaluate the proposals in concert with the goals listed above. Final permit approval is subject to the special event application permit and/or authorization required by other agencies with jurisdiction for any element of the event (e.g., Special Event Liquor Permit, Boulder County Food Permits, Boulder County, State of Colorado, etc.)

The proposals will not be evaluated for the content of the event or artistic merit. All performances must be appropriate for all ages of our community and follow our general park rules and guidelines.