For a compact town, Boulder has a lot of artists per capita, but somehow, they seem to be slipping under the radar. The folks behind this year’s inaugural Boulder Arts Week, including the Boulder Arts Commission, the Boulder County Arts Alliance and other like-minded agencies, venues and organizations, expect that that’s all about to change. More than 100 artists and organizations are set to participate in the weeklong event, which, like Denver’s arts week, uses pre-existing events as a platform while opening the week up to special events planned just for BAW.
“I love Boulder,” says fest project manager Emily K. Harrison, who also runs the city’s square product theatre. “I’m often trying to figure how to make people more aware of what my company and other artists and organizations are doing.” To that end, she’s managed to shape a slate of events with wide appeal and a cutting-edge feel, many of which are free or low-cost.
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It all kicks off tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a free party at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, with food, drink, live music and aerial dance by Frequent Flyers Productions; afterward, the city is your oyster, to explore at will. Other celebrations include a fest performance benefit at the Boulder Theater on April 2 (admission is $10) and a free closing party at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on April 5. Around and in between, there’s a full schedule of art shows, theater, dance, music, lectures and workshops galore at locations throughout Boulder; for more information and a complete rundown of events, visit boulderartsweek.org.
March 28-April 6, 2014