Art show and events honor small animals who make life possible.

Celebrate insects all summer long!

The city, Cool Boulder and local partners invite the community to participate in “Little Creatures, a two-month celebration of local art, insects and other small animals that sustain life on our planet. “Little Creatures” brings together a variety of community events throughout August and September, including an art exhibition, pollinator festival and many hands-on activities. The celebration is supported by the City of Boulder, Cool Boulder, Endangered Species Coalition and Creature Conserve.

Collage called Mutual Butterflies by Yazz Atmore
Mutual Butterflies by Yazz Atmore

Opening Event – Aug. 14, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Boulder Public Main Library

“Little Creatures” kicks off with an evening of learning and wonder in the Main Library, located at 1001 Arapahoe Ave. The opening event will start with a sneak peek of the insect art show from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library’s Canyon Gallery. This will be followed by a musical performance by Melody Blauw and a presentation from world-renowned entomologist Dr. Samuel (Sammy) Ramsey in the library theater.

Attendees will experience the insect world up close and will learn how to help protect these tiny critters for generations to come. The event is free, but space is limited. Those interested in attending must register online.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of convincing people that these little creatures are the most fascinating thing they have ever stepped on."

- Entomologist Dr. Sammy Ramsey

The Art Exhibition

More than 90 Colorado artists celebrate native insects through poetry, sculpture, photography, stained glass and more. Their work reflects on the essential roles of insects and other small animals and our relationships with them. Check out a snapshot of their work on Cool Boulder's website.

The show will live in the Main Library’s Canyon Gallery from Aug. 12 through Sept. 28. Community members can visit it during the library’s regular hours.

"I think this art show will challenge how people feel about insects,” said Creature Conserve Fellow and artist Faith Williams Dyrsten. “We are looking forward to displaying work that strengthens care, compassion and appreciation for these tiny creatures. I think everyone will find something to connect with and learn from.”

Agatasa calydonia butterfly wing macro embroidery by Beth Hoyes
Agatasa calydonia butterfly wing embroidery by Beth Hoyes

Workshops and Activities – Throughout August and September

Community members are also invited to attend creative workshops, nature walks and panel discussions led by local artists and educators. Workshops span a variety of activities, from diorama building to watercolor painting and birding. Sign up for workshops and view a full list of activities on the “Little Creatures” events calendar.

Bee+ Boulder Festival – Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Park

Join the city and Cool Boulder for a fun-filled day of pollinator celebration, music, science-based activities and entertainment for the whole family. This free event will take place at Central Park, just west of the Boulder Farmers Market. Learn more on the city’s website.

Photo by Katie Daenzer
Photo by Katie Daenzer

Tell Us Your Insect Story 

Have a favorite insect species or story? Tell us about it! Call 303-818-4678 and leave a voicemail sharing your thoughts and appreciation. Your voice may appear in a future article, audio collage or podcast.

"There are currently about one million named insect species on Earth, and scientists estimate there are millions that remain undiscovered. Just imagine all the vital ecological connections, all the subtle brilliance!"

- Participating Artist Clark Riley
Pastel drawing called Musk Thistle with Bumblebees by Theresa M. Beck
Musk Thistle with Bumblebees by Theresa M. Beck