Each year, the Boulder Arts Commission awards grants to local organizations, classrooms, and individuals who support the well-being, prosperity, and joy of the community through creativity. By supporting local artists and arts organizations, funding from the Arts Commission enhances Boulder’s vibrancy, contributes to social cohesion, and supports the continued recovery of the arts and culture industry, a sector of the local economy that was among those most affected by the pandemic.
The Arts Commission has awarded 88 grants so far in 2022, with plans to award more, totaling $925,000. In addition, the grant program will award an additional $915,000 dedicated from American Rescue Plan Act funds. These grants will address industry-specific COVID-19-related workforce impacts through grants specific to arts organizations.
A large portion of the funding goes to General Operating Support (GOS) grants. This type of funding is particularly important for local arts organizations, as it supports their resilience and sustainability by helping cover day-to-day activities, administrative costs, educational programming, and other critical costs of doing business. The goal of GOS funding is to maximize the ability of cultural organizations to accomplish their missions and effectively serve the community. Recipients are diverse, including orchestral music, folk dance, arts service organizations, visual arts nonprofits, theaters, museums, and more. For a complete list, visit the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture Grant Awards webpage.
Additionally, several other arts initiatives will be funded by this year’s grants, including:
“We are thrilled to be able to support these local organizations and artists as they work to connect the Boulder community with the arts,” said Boulder City Councilmember Tara Winer. “The arts are a critical component of a thriving community, and the city is committed to continuing its efforts in this area.”
The mission of the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture is to facilitate community alignment around its Vision for Culture, that together we will create Boulder’s social, physical, and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient. for welfare. welfare, prosperity and happiness of all in the community.
Learn more about the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture on their website.