About OSMP and the Arts

OSMP and the Arts connects people to the land through creative art programs and hikes. Join OSMP naturalists and local artists to discover nature in unique ways. A variety of medias have been explored through this program, from music and dance to the written word, sketching, watercolor, collage, and photography. We welcome all ages and artistic skill levels.

Upcoming Programs

Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff with Creativity Alive

Date and time: June 20 from 6:30 - 8 pm

Location: Flagstaff Sunrise Amphitheater (By reservation)

Please join us for a Mmmwhahsome! celebration of the Solstice with Creativity Alive at Flagstaff's Sunrise Amphitheater, with Music, Movement, Mindfulness -- whoa! and -- Art = the sound of a great big kiss: Mmmwhah! Enjoy live music and dance performance, then join in, as you feel inspired, in a participatory, creative expression of gratitude to this area of tremendous beauty and inspiration. Feel free to bring sketch books or art-making materials that will leave no trace. We invite you to engage in deep listening and clearing the path for the creative to flow through you. To be inspired. All ages welcome. Creativity Alive is a multi-disciplinary arts organization, based in Boulder, Colorado.

Register for Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff on Count Me In.

The Butterfly Affect – Embodiment experience

Date and time: July 8 from 10 am - 12 pm

Description: The Butterfly Affect is a guided half-hour experience to travel through a butterfly’s transformation. It is an invitation for homo sapiens who seek to transition from their current state to a radically different one that is equitable, survivable, and thrive-able. Embodying each stage of a butterfly’s metamorphosis can allow you the opportunity to focus on something within yourself that you would like to transform. It can expand perspectives, insights, ideas, and feelings. Three participants enter the experience at a time and proceed from the first stage (egg) to the second (caterpillar), third (chrysalis), and final (butterfly). Participants will each be guided through the stages, each as one of three different butterfly species, Monarch, Blue Morpho, or Wester Tiger Swallowtail. Participants will be costumed for each stage and guided through a moving embodiment and thoughtful reflection of the transformation. Afterwards, each participant will be invited to post their experience of metamorphosis on The Butterfly Affect website.

Register for The Butterfly Affect on Count Me In.

Bird's Eye View

Bird’s Eye View is an art and science project exploring barn swallows and other local bird species. Based upon art and notes created observing various species of birds, 11 high school students created bird costumes and puppets to embody avian movements. Students also explored the written word integrating information about a bird of their choosing and their feeling of connection with it.

These scripts were used to perform public Art Hikes within Boulder’s Open Space Mountain Parks, and we have the recording! These videos filmed in OSMP lands integrate movement, science, words, and music from the imaginations of our city’s youth within various Open Space and Mountain Parks trails. Come virtually meet the program directors and student artists and see each trail from a bird’s eye view. Here's to a future that’s looking up.

Bird's Eye View videos

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

- Albert Einstein
Woman in OSMP and the Arts Program

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.”