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.
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.
Examples of campus partners are listed below. Please contact us if you would like to be listed as a partner.
- Art in Rural Environments Field School
- Boulder County Latino History Project
- Center for Community Engagement Design and Research (CEDaR)
- Peak to Peak Lectures Series (Program in Jewish Studies)
- Program for Writing and Rhetoric
- Shakespeare and Violence Prevention Program (Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Center for the Study of Violence Prevention)
- Theatre and Dance Outreach
We aim to support partnerships that bridge urban and rural Colorado and support diverse communities. Examples of community partnerships:
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
- 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 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.
We aim to bring together multiple communities and perspectives for shared experiences and conversation. Currently, we have several representative partnerships:
- CU in Carbondale lecture and workshop series features CU Boulder professors in collaboration with Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Library
- 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.
- Shakespeare and Violence Prevention Program
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- The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Will Power event at CU Boulder connects actors with students in the community.
- The Unity Project by Mario Miguel Echevarria and Susan Dailey, 1998. A neighborhood-based artwork, using the faces, hands and ideas of Kensington Park neighbors to make a lasting statement of unity to commemorate a past community tragedy in Kensington Park, Longmont, Colorado.
- Bricks stamped with the name of the city, Trinidad, on the grounds of the Trinidad History Museum, Trinidad, Colorado.