Published: Feb. 15, 2023

The Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) welcomed all to an afternoon of conversation and celebration revolving around the past, present, and future of the arts and humanities at CU Boulder and beyond. 

The CHA's 25th Anniversary Salon Celebration was a discussion hub to look back and plan ahead for how to promote, support, and celebrate the arts and humanities. Inspired by the wide ranging and free form conversations that hearkens to salons of 18th century France, we facilitated small group conversations (led by a host at each table) around a series of topics and questions reflecting back and anticipating the future of humanities and the arts.

This event was held in-person at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Academic Success & Engagement (CASE) Building in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), CASE E390. We invited all to join us Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 3:30pm - 5pm MT for a vigorous celebration and conversation.

Questions Addressed at Salon Event:

What are the strengths of arts and humanities – if we had to do an elevator pitch to someone who is going to give the CHA $5 million dollars, how would we convince someone about the vitality of arts and humanities at CU Boulder?

    What exciting arts and humanities projects/research/initiatives are happening in your unit/at CU Boulder/in Boulder County/Colorado? 

      What kinds of future projects might the CHA fund/develop to bridge the gap between academic and public audiences – how can the CHA engage in public humanities & arts? 

      What are the immediate and future challenges we see related to arts and humanities scholarship and production at CU Boulder?

      Hosts for Salon Gathering:

      We invited hosts to act as a guide for the roundtable conversations and assisted in addressing the 6 preemptive questions about the future of arts and humanities. The hosts for the CHA's 25th Anniversary salon celebration were:

      • Kirk Ambrose, Center for Teaching and Learning Founding Director, Professor Art History
      • Marcia Douglas, Professor of English at CU Boulder
      • Nabil Echchaibi, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Media Studies
      • Erin Espelie, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts
      • Jennifer Ho, CHA Director, Professor of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder
      • Carla Jones, Associate Professor, Graduate Director, Associate Chair in Anthropology Department
      • Jeffrey Nytch, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, Associate Professor of Composition
      • Erika Randall, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student Success in Theatre & Dance Departmenr
      • Ross Taylor, Associate Professor of Journalism
      • Annjeanette Wiese, Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Humanities Department

      Event Sponsors:

      This free celebration and conversation was sponsored by CU Boulder's Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). 


      The CHA's 25th Anniversary: Future of Arts and Humanties Salon event was hosted at the Center for Academic Success & Engagement (CASE) building in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) room E390. To find the Center for Teaching and Learning, enter CASE's main entrance (EAST) and either take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor. You will find room E390, where the CTL office is located.

      Address: 1725 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80309

      View location on the Campus Map


      If you are driving to the event, you may pay to park in the Euclid Parking Garage (lot 205), which is the lower level of the CASE Building and will offer access inside the CASE Building.
      Address: 1725 Euclid Avenue

      Open 24/7, Euclid Parking Garage (EPG) is located between Broadway and 18th Street (east of University Memorial Center) and is "Pay by Plate" paystation parking. You will need to have your license plate number to pay at any of the paystations located at each pedestrian exit. If you are using the parking garage to enter the CASE Building, you will be entering on the EAST side. You may take the eelvator from the parking garage floor (L1) to the 3rd floor, and you will find the Center for Teaching and Learning in RM E390.

      For any questions, reach out to the Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) at