This initiative shares the diverse experiences, perspectives and approaches of the arts and humanities through partnerships between communities across Colorado and CU Boulder faculty, staff and students. We invite you to get involved! Contact Lisa Schwartz with your interest in developing community partnerships, giving talks to Colorado communities, opportunities for graduate student engagement and information about funding through our office and other sources. 

What's New

Engaged Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholars

Meet the new 2019–20 cohort and learn more about the exciting work of the 2018–19 scholars. This program is for graduate students in the Arts and Humanities who are interested in community-engaged research, teaching and creative work. Students develop their skills for both academic and professional careers. We anticipate that the deadline for the 2020–21 cohort will be February 15, 2020.

Creative District Leadership Convening set for October 24, 2019

CU Boulder faculty, staff and students, please consider participating in the 3rd annual Creative District Leadership Convening, in the UMC Aspen Rooms, October 24, 2019. Contact Lisa Schwartz with your interest in attending or participating. Last October the office and the Colorado Creative Industries co-hosted an on-campus gathering of more than 30 creative district leaders from 20 Colorado Creative Districts. Read about how lightning talks sparked creative connections among CU Boulder participants and creative district leaders. View a list of last year's participants and presenters

Inclusiveness and Equity Series

The office and Boulder County Arts Alliance copresent the Inclusiveness and Equity Series that includes topics such as cultural appropriation and appreciation, art therapy and the importance of place. Planning is underway for the 2019–20 series, please contact Lisa Schwartz with your ideas or interest. 


We support CU Boulder faculty, staff and student partners in extending the reach of their engaged scholarship, teaching and creative work across Colorado and beyond.

We aim to support partnerships that bridge urban and rural Colorado and support diverse communities. Examples of community partnerships:  

This initiative partners the OOE with the Boulder County Arts Alliance to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion for arts organizations, artists and patrons.  

We are happy to connect you with rural and small towns in Colorado, or to help grow and sustain your current endeavors in rural areas. Below are some example community partners organized by region.

San Luis Valley   

Mountain West and Western Slope 

Southeast Colorado

Our office partners with the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and statewide creative districts in order to support goals of creative placemaking and economic development. The OOE partners with CCI and the CU Boulder Community Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR) for the development of evaluation methodologies together with creative districts. Target partner districts include Carbondale, Crested Butte, Ridgway, Salida, Steamboat, and Trinidad.  

View examples of how you might work with our office to partner with external organizations and communities. 

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 and contact us with your interest.

Contact us to discuss how we can support your project's development.

Example project: 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.

Our "CU in the Community" programming partners with communities and campus divisions to bring CU Boulder faculty, staff and student lectures and workshops to areas beyond Colorado's front range. Contact us with your interest in partnering with our office on lectures and events. 

We aim to bring together multiple communities and perspectives for shared experiences and conversation. Currently, we have several representative partnerships: