These are difficult times for everyone. There are many ways support is being coordinated at all levels. In this section, we will pass along resources at the local, regional, state, and national level for financial assistance. Our goal is to support and help you, the art leaders of Boulder, sustain your workforce and your business through this crisis.

The most comprehensive list can be found on the Colorado Creative Industries website.

Our goal is to connect you with the resources available to help you, the art leaders of Boulder, sustain your workforce and your business through the crisis and beyond.
Emergency Support:
  • Congress has passed a new pandemic relief package which includes a second round of PPP loans, the replenishing of EIDL, extension of unemployment, and a grants program for live venue operators. More information can be found by contacting your credit union or bank, scheduling a meeting with the Boulder SBDC, and visiting the CCI pandemic relief website.  We will continue to provide updates in this newsletter as the programs come on line.
  • The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, and other agencies. They have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
  • CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985. It has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.
  • The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists living in Colorado, working in multiple disciplines. Rolling deadline.
New and Updated:
  • The Dance Archive is accepting nominations for the 2021 Legends of Dance, an annual event that honors people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to dance in the Rocky Mountain West. Nominees may include dancers, choreographers, teachers, artistic directors, patrons, and promoters whose careers span years of proven importance. For information or to nominate, contact Joan Brown.
  • PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program is open for application. The PlatteForum approach — teaming Resident Artists with youth and the community — makes a valuable contribution to the community’s cultural discourse, fosters personal growth for the artist, and positively impacts the lives of participating individuals. 
  • Dance/USA has an ongoing list of jobs, auditions, and internships.
  • Jack’s Solar Garden seeks their 2021 Artist on the Farm. Deadline Mar. 3.
  • The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Art in Public Places Program is seeking submissions to select an artist or artist team to develop art concepts for the West Elizabeth Corridor Project. The project plan details a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system supported by related roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements. The art project is estimated at $37,750. Deadline: Mar. 1, 2021.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) Network’s January and February artist residency deadlines list is available on their resources page. Visit the AAC Artist Resources page for information on hundreds of more residency opportunities as well as application, research, and funding tips. Also, be sure to visit their ever-expanding Emergency Relief Programs resource page for artists facing income loss and unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.

For Nonprofits

    For Artists and Small Business Owners

    In Support of our Arts Community

    • Contact Boulder County Arts Alliance or the Community Foundation of Boulder County to donate for direct support of artists in our community.
    • Arts and culture are essential to Colorado’s economic and social vitality. It’s undeniable that artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses need your support, now more than ever, as they face major economic challenges due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways you can help the arts sector survive this challenging time, as well as continue to be enriched by Colorado’s artistic vibrancy. You can do so by Forgoing Ticket Refunds, Donating Today and Supporting Colorado Artists. Arts through it All is a result of collaborative efforts amongst a coalition of the state’s leading arts and cultural organizations, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and several local and regional arts agencies, including Denver Arts & Venues, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), and others.

    There are many more resources available.  A great list is found on the Grantmakers in the Arts website. Staff at the Office of Arts and Culture is participating in a city-wide response to the emergency.  And, we continue to monitor the ongoing state and Federal response. We will add resources to this newsletter as they become available.












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