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City Opens Grant Opportunities for 2019 Cycle of Arts and Culture Funding

The City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture has $925,000 in 2019 grant funding available for general operating support, community projects, arts education, professional development scholarships, venue rental assistance, and more. Grants are available to organizations, individuals and classrooms. Previously funded projects range from festivals to art classes, performances to exhibitions, and support for artists and nonprofits. A full list of former grant awardees can be found at boulderarts.org/bac/bac-grant-awards.

Information about applying for grants is available at boulderarts.org.

In addition to the usual project funding and scholarships, in 2019 the Office of Arts and Culture will be reopening applications for new, multi-year general operating support grants for Boulder-based nonprofits.

“This latest round of cultural grants funding is another opportunity to deliver fantastic outcomes for our community,” said Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones. “In our 2015 Community Cultural Plan, residents envisioned Boulder as a city full of great art, that fosters creativity and is a place where artists can thrive. Grants supporting local artists play an important role in that success. Boulder’s many venues, artists, and cultural leaders contribute to our economy, social cohesion, and resiliency as a community, and I’m thrilled that the people of Boulder and their Arts Commission are coming together to support this creative vibrancy once again.”

The success of the cultural grants program has manifested in a variety of outcomes:

  • In 2016, organizations supported by grants generated $69.8 million in annual economic activity, supported 1,832 full-time equivalent jobs, and produced $4.6 million in government revenues, according to the Americans for the Arts “Arts & Economic Prosperity 5” economic impact study (boulderarts.org/afta-arts-economic-prosperity-study-5/).
  • A 2017 survey of recipients of general operating support grants found that they produced more than 34,000 events reaching more than 390,000 people. This includes everything from museum exhibitions to music lessons to dance performances.
  • In 2018, 28 individual artists and cultural leaders received scholarships for workshops, training, and conferences, adding to the creative capital of the Boulder community; seven Title 1 school classrooms received funds for cultural field trips and 42 individuals and organizations received funding for community projects, arts events and education projects.
  • In 2018, the Boulder Arts Commission dedicated $10,000 to a partnership with the Human Relations Commission to offer enhancement funding to their Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration grants. Six organizations received funding above and beyond the Human Relations Commission grant to dedicate to their project.

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is currently implementing Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan. Through a set of programs including cultural grants, public art, initiatives that support artists and the creative economy, and research, the office supports the community-created Vision for Culture: Together, we will craft Boulder’s social, physical and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient for the wellbeing, prosperity and joy of everyone in the community.

Published: Dec. 18, 2018

Media Contacts:
Sam Cohn, Communications, 303-441-4247
Lauren Click, Office of Arts + Culture, 720-564-2355
bouldercolorado.gov
Boulderarts.org