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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.

2020 Programs

Dancing with the Wild
Maren Waldman
Saturday, August 15 from 9 AM to 12 PM

With trees as our leaders and water guiding our flow, come step into a dance with Nature. We’ll practice listening to our inner worlds, each other, and the Wild to inspire our dance. Writing, drawing and coloring will also be a part of our exploration. Let your hair down, let your breath in, soften your skin, take off your shoes, and grow roots as you step. Let’s find our rhythm with Nature and dance! This is an intergenerational workshop - families are welcome.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, we are stressing safety protocols for all hike participants. Group sizes will be limited to 10 people, and you must register beforehand to attend. Participants will also need to complete a brief online training slide show (see below) before registration is allowed. The slide show explains our expectations for social distancing, facial coverings and other important measures to keep you and other participants safe. If you have not yet taken the required “OSMP COVID-19 Safety Protocol for Programs," you will be automatically directed to take that course when you log in to register. Click “Start” to go to the course page and scroll down to click “Start” again to begin the course. It should take about 5 minutes to complete. When you’ve read and clicked through ALL of the course pages using the “Next” button, you will be brought back to the general “Courses” page. Return to this registration web page, and click the Registration link and click “Register” again to be added to the roster. You will not need to repeat the course to register for future Natural Selections programs.

Spots are limited and registration is required. Please sign up.


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 en couraged 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.”