Dairy Arts Center

The vision of the Dairy Arts Center is to develop a national reputation in the arts that reflects Boulder's evolving artistic and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Comedy at the Dairy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Dairy Comedy is a stand up comedy program where we bring the best local talent from the Denver and Boulder comedy scenes for monthly shows in our intimate Boedecker theater - and also nationally touring talent into our larger Gordon Gamm Theater, thanks so a partnership with Comedy Works Entertainment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

After the first three shows in this program sold out, we attracted the attention of Comedy Works Entertainment - the biggest producer and booker of comedy in our region - and they expressed an interest in partnering with us on select shows, in order to bring bigger names through Boulder. And after two of those partnered shows sold out, they expressed an interest in continuing to work together on future shows. Overall, we have had 8 out of 13 (or 61.5%) of shows sell out and the remainder of the shows were all close to the sell out point, making Comedy at the Dairy one of the most successful programs in our roster.

Music at the Dairy

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Dairy music program continues to offer high quality and culturally diverse live performances by world-wide and local musicians, partnering with various organizations and artists.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In October 2017, the Dairy held a spirited "Dia de los Muertos" celebration in partnership with El Centro AMISTAD. The day-long festival exceeded expectations and was enormously successful in bringing together communities for this historic holiday. The event engaged many facets of the Latino community featuring artwork and altars created by Latin American artists, traditional folk dancing, arts and crafts, a live music concert featuring works by Mexican composers, and a Catrinas costume contest which overflowed the lobby. Cuisine was provided by local Latino restaurants. We exceeded our goals and accommodated 400 people. Plans are underway to make next year's celebration a free event for all, and expand to the streets outside the Dairy.

Kids at the Dairy

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Kids at the Dairy introduces kindergarteners from Title I (those with 40% or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch) schools to diverse art forms though immersive, half-day field trips to the Dairy twice a year. This program has served over 1,500 children to date and is underwritten by the Dairy at no cost to the schools.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our program has impacted 1,585 Title I kindergarteners to date, through 29 different programs collaborating with 17 arts organizations. In the 2016/2017 school year, we directly impacted 369 at-risk kindergarteners through 10 different programs collaborating with 7 arts organizations. In this current 2017/2018 school year, we are impacting 377 at-risk kindergarteners through 10 different programs collaborating with 7 arts organizations. Studies in Arts Education show that youth who take part in non-school arts-based community programs are four times more likely to win an academic award, such as being on the honor roll; eight times more likely to receive a community service award, three times more likely to win a school attendance award, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair (Child Development Institute). Kids at the Dairy is specifically designed to increase arts education access for at-risk youth.

Cinema at the Dairy (The Boe)

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Our Boedecker Cinema presents high art documentaries and independent films on a daily basis, including curated film festivals and series. The Boedecker Theater opened in 2011, the "Boe" is a 60-seat art house cinema that presents independent films, work by local filmmakers, live streamed opera, ballet, and concerts.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past 17/18 fiscal year, 67,990 tickets have been sold, 181 talk backs have been hosted, and 287 different movies have been shown. The Boedecker Theater also has 432 members, 782 facebook followers, and has hosted 922 total screenings.

"We all really loved the movie on Thursday and everyone loved the theater there also. The majority of the people had never been there for a movie before so that was really great to expose them."
-Heather McDonald, Boulder Newcomers Club

"Glenn, Thanks for all the terrific film you bring to us!"
-Eric Kloor, Boedecker Theater Member

"Glenn, What a wonderful find. The theater is much more than I thought it could be. It has become a part of my Boulder experience. The movies are wonderful,provoking and challenging. Thanks for your part in this venue. I look forward to everything yet to come. Thanks once again"
-Kay Yeagley, later became a member

Visual Art at the Dairy (Galleries & Workshops)

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Our Visual Arts Program is accessible to everyone through our 27 annual art exhibitions and receptions that are free to the public. These exhibitions present local, national and international artists, including monthly youth and adult workshops based on current exhibitions. We curate four gallery spaces with juried, rotating exhibitions in our McMahon Gallery, the Polly Addison Gallery, the MacMillan Family Lobby and the Hand-Rudy Gallery. The Visual Arts Program is also responsible for planning and facilitating a variety of associated events, including free receptions for each exhibition, visual art workshops in a variety of mediums for adults, teens, and children in the community who are interested in the unique educational benefits the visual arts offer, as well as regular free visual arts lectures for the Boulder community at large.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past 17/18 fiscal year, our exhibitions and programs have received more attendees and contributions than ever before, with a significant increase in art sales. Our galleries may be some of the only spaces remaining for local artists to exhibit their artwork free of charge.

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