We bring together artists, entrepreneurs and educators from CU Boulder and communities statewide to grapple with how the arts and humanities can address key social, economic and environmental issues. To strengthen these efforts, we have developed programs to connect campus and community expertise and also work to create and sustain partnerships. Our goal is to share diverse experiences, perspectives and approaches to the arts and humanities.
We invite you to get involved! Contact Lisa Schwartz about developing community partnerships, giving talks to Colorado communities, opportunities for graduate student engagement and information about funding through our office and other sources.
This program helps arts and humanities graduate students apply the tools of their academic disciplines and their unique interests to community-engaged projects and funds this work.
Our office and the Boulder County Arts Alliance offer workshops and presentations about Indigenous healing, climate change and the arts, cultural appropriation and appreciation, "white savior practices" and more.
This program helps doctoral students in the sciences become facilitators of interdisciplinary partnerships that impact critical environmental and social issues within communities.
Contact Lisa Schwartz to discuss how we can support your project's development and help connect your community work with partners.
- The Boulder County Latino History Project connects CU Boulder faculty and students with communities and k12 teachers and has produced a body of scholarly and curricular resources. Our work with this project represents how our office supports programs in sustaining and evolving project work locally and to serve communities statewide. Read more about this project.
- Center for Community Engagement Design and Research (CEDaR)
- CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture series brings humanities scholars to communities around Colorado and is partnership with the Program in Jewish Studies (PJS), a non-religious academic program that explores Jewish culture, history and society.
- Theatre and Dance Outreach
Find out how we foster campus and community relationships and bridge rural and urban Colorado.
We can connect you with partners in rural Colorado communities, or help you further develop your work in these areas.
San Luis Valley
Mountain West and Western Slope
- Blue Sage Center for the Arts (Paonia, CO)
- Carbondale Arts
- Garfield County Libraries (Carbondale, Glenwood Springs)
- Roaring Fork Precollegiate Program
Our office partners with the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and statewide creative districts in order to support creative placemaking and economic development. We partner with CCI and the CU Boulder Community Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR) to develop evaluation methodologies together with creative districts. Target partner districts include Carbondale, Crested Butte, Ridgway, Salida, Steamboat, and Trinidad.
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a national consortium of more than 100 higher education and community cultural organizations working to advance democracy and participation in higher education. CU Boulder’s membership in Imagining America represents how our office champions engaged scholarship, teaching and creative work in the arts and humanities and across the disciplines through institutional level partnerships and professional development opportunities. Read more about CU Boulder's involvement with Imagining America.
Related News and Events
Social justice and the arts are the focus of a virtual public series in fall 2020 featuring CU Boulder and community artists and educators, a partnership between our office and the Boulder County Arts Alliance.
Our office and Colorado Creative Industries brought together 30 creative district leaders and CU Boulder faculty, staff and students to discuss how communities address economic and social issues.
Thanks to their expertise connecting university resources to community needs, program managers from our office have been selected to participate in two, new national leadership programs.
A 2018 campus conference brought together state leaders who foster economic growth through the arts and CU Boulder researchers, igniting ideas for addressing communities’ social and economic issues.