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OSMP and the Arts

OSMP and the Arts

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

For nearly a decade, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department Art Program (OSMP and the Arts) has served to connect people to the amazing lands and wildlife surrounding Boulder through the talents of local artists. By coming together to celebrate the beauty of the natural world through various art-focused hikes and programs, the OSMP and the Arts Program allows Boulder residents to participate in an ancient, but still relevant, way of experiencing and connecting to land.

Guest artists working in various media offer workshops on the trails surrounding Boulder and occasionally offer presentations about their work. The workshops are designed for adults of any artistic skill level…beginners are very welcome! In addition to the public programs, we also have a bi-annual community art show welcoming the work of any community member who wishes to share a creative expression of their relationship with OSMP lands and wildlife.

Details on upcoming OSMP and the Arts programs are listed at

OSMP and the Arts 2019 programming season

Springtime in the Rockies: Explore Boulder's incredible Open Space and Mountain Parks landscape through photography 
Chris Brown, Tuesday April 30 from 10 am to 1 pm

Situation-ish. One hike - A million ways of perception 
Judith Lenin, NCAR, Friday May 31 from 9 am to 12 pm

Singing with Nature's Heart Beat ~ Honoring the Flow of Giving and Receiving 
Liangyeh Tai, Sunday June 2 from 3 pm to 6 pm

Entering the Kingdom: A nature walk in honor of the life and work of poet, Mary Oliver 
Diane Wells, Saturday June 8 from 9 am to 11:30 am

Rhythms of Life! - Solstice Drum Circle 
Jon Crowder, Sunday June 23 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Creating Beauty in Response to the Beauty of the Land 
Ellen Laverdure, Friday July 12 from 9 am to 12 pm  

Wabi sabi
Jane Larson, Thursday August 1 from 9 am to 12 pm

Mmmwhah ensemble: Music, dance, painting, meditation
Sunday August 11 from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Watercolor Plain Air sketching 
Molly Davis, Friday September 20 from 10 am to 1 pm  

The Music of Landscapes: Gritty & Pretty 
Dave Sutherland, Sunday October 6 from 2 to 5 pm and
     Saturday October 12 from 10 am to 1 pm

Partner Dancing with the Wild 
Maureen Waldman, Friday October 18 from 2 pm to 5 pm 

Drawing and hiking in the open spaces
Claudia LaStella, Saturday October 19 from 10 am to 1 pm

What participants say: 

"Thank you for arranging the wonderful morning of Improvisational Singing! Five stars for everything. On scale of 1-10, this was a 12. Celeste’s enthusiasm, rapport, knowledge, clarity, and receptivity are all excellent."

“I liked the size of the group…large enough to be varied, but small enough for the group to be cohesive….good mix of ages.”

What did you like about the program? “Being outside, sitting, being present with surroundings…”

“It was wonderful to take in the beauty of OSMP with the specific intent of expressing through art a couple hours later!  I liked that the art form was brand new to me and required no special skill, and the process was short enough that we were able to leave with several finished pieces.”

“This idea of blending art with learning and appreciating OSMP lands is a marvelous idea! It seems to be getting new people out appreciating the lands-there was one woman in the class who had never hiked before…and I think now she might be a little hooked.”

“The pace was very comfortable and pleasant. Lots of time for contemplation and reflection.”

“The artist encouraged us to see ourselves in nature and stimulated us to take time to see the beauty around us and feel the emotion.”

“(This program) helped me see with new eyes…”

“OSMP provides many artistic opportunities. Even a brief hike reveals a variety of natural colors, textures, scenes and juxtapositions that can be translated into art forms.”

“(I gained) new appreciation for the many colors and textures in nature as I began to see rocks, grass, cones, etc from the perspective of the artistic techniques one could use to represent them.”