Panel Application

In 2019, $675,000 in grant funds will be offered for general operating support, community projects, arts education projects, professional development, venue rental assistance, and more. The Boulder Arts Commission seeks volunteer panel members to support the selection procedure of the cultural grants program by contributing expertise to the decision making process. The decisions of the panel members are considered advisory; all approvals, recommendations to City Council, and final decisions are the responsibility of the Boulder Arts Commission.


You may nominate yourself to serve on this panel or nominate someone who you feel would serve as an excellent panel member. Please refer your nominee to this web page or send their name and contact information to with the “Boulder Arts Commission Panel Nomination” in the subject line.


Panelists are required to:

  • Abide by the Code of Conduct for City of Boulder staff, council, board, and commission members, as described in the Revised City Code Chapter 2-7.
  • Attend the panel orientation / training.
  • Read all applications thoroughly prior to the monthly panel review meetings and complete a preliminary evaluation of the applications by the set deadline. Depending on the category, panelists may be asked to read 15 to 35 grants per round.
  • Re-score applications based on applicant presentations by set deadline.
  • Attend and participate in discussion at all funding meetings (one per grant category). See schedule of Boulder Arts Commission grant funding meetings.
  • Panel service requires a significant investment of time over 6 months, entailing at least 130 to 150 hours commitment, depending on the number of applications received. The term of the appointment is one year.


Artistic Practice
Artists and arts professionals with diverse expertise in artistic styles, philosophies, and aesthetics. Individuals who are respected within their fields. Representation will be sought to complement the expertise already present on the Arts Commission, and focused on breadth of disciplines including visual arts, dance, music, theater, time-based media, literary arts, web-based media, design, and other fields.

Professional Specialization
Individuals representing critical professions that will complement the expertise on the Boulder Arts Commission including curators, educators, non-profit managers, and other fields.

Authentic Diversity
Diversity of all kinds will be sought to encourage equity and include the perspectives of those from different cultural backgrounds, genders, and ages, as well as differently abled people.


  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11:59pm: Applications due
  • Thursday, October 18 to Thursday, November 1: Commissioners review applications
  • Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m.: Interviews at a Boulder Arts Commission Meeting Special Meeting
  • Early December, date TBD: Public Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training
  • December, date TBD: Panelist training