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Boulder International Fringe Festival, Inc

Boulder Fringe supports independent artists and provides an accessible platform to produce art works, encourage emerging artists to create socially engaged and collaborative art and inspire a community of actively, engaged patrons of independent performance and art.

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Boulder Family Fringe Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
General Public

Description

Boulder Family Fringe Festival is a one-day Fringe modeled arts festival, aiming to engage all members of the family in performance arts centered learning. Premiering in 2015, Boulder Family Fringe Festival was a big hit! We were able to artistically collaborate with over 300 youth and their families, presented 10 professional artists/performers as workshop facilitators, and featured 4 community organizations. Our expected results include; engaging children as peers and mentors in creative collaboration, increasing the exposure of Boulder residents to the benefits of performance based learning, and bringing together multi-generational learning experiences in a fun and engaging setting.

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Five 5ths Project

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Gays/Lesbians
Physically Disabled

Description

Every year our Five 5ths project has sold out and over the years the event has become a well loved and highly anticipated production. In it's 4th year running, the Five 5ths project, provides a platform for 5 different performative companies to reinterpret, reimagine, and then perform a single act from a shared story. In 2015 we served 250 patrons at this event and 22 performers. Five 5ths is the perfect event to showcase the values and aesthetic of the Boulder Fringe, it is collaborative, accessible, innovative and creative. The expected results of our Five 5ths project include; showcasing the variety of performance art disciplines in our local Boulder region, audience development for new innovative art forms, and increasing exposure to the Boulder Fringe and our year round programs.

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"Because the plot line of the play was divided, we had no choice but to focus on what was truly our own, unique voice in the community. Five 5ths was a great community builder. We're looking forward to the next!" ~ Paul Fowler, Musician, Five 5ths artist.

Imagine walking into a restaurant for a meal and having five chefs prepare a quintet of courses based on a common theme, say, Scottish cuisine.

Now imagine that philosophy applied to that most Scottish of plays, Shakespeare's "Macbeth," with five disparate performing entities each asked to execute a single act in their distinctive styles.

That's precisely what the Boulder Fringe Festival has done with "Five 5ths of Macbeth," ~ Mike Pearson, Daily Camera

Annual Fringe Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Gays/Lesbians

Description

12-day Fringe Festival in August, Boulder Fringe's signature program is our annual 12 day un-juried independent performance arts festival, The Boulder International Fringe Festival. Our 2015 festival presented 234 performances and brought in 126 artists from 33 performance groups, of those groups 10% were international companies, 30% were national companies, and 60% were local Colorado companies. Our last festival featured 9 venues, most of which were in non-traditional venue spaces. We were able to serve over 10,000 participants. Artists and arts groups are selected to perform via an annual lottery which takes place in February of each year. Artists pay a small fee to participate, in exchange for a venue, publicity and marketing, box office and technical staff, and general production support. Artists keep 100% of their box office proceeds. Our expected results include; a boost to the local economy, inspiring the local arts scene by bringing in touring artists, acting as an audience development tool to expand patrons view of independent art encouraging them to take risks on emerging art performances, and to create a sense of community for the performing arts in Boulder.

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Evidence of Program's Success

1. Increase in annual numbers.
2. Anecdotal evidence of participants satisfaction.
3. Repeat support from audience, sponsors, and individual donors.
4. Economic & Demographic Surveys collected annually

Venue in a Box

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Disabled
Female Adults
Gays/Lesbians
General Public

Description

In 2015, Boulder Fringe developed a program to face the ongoing challenges of venue shortage and increased venue pricing in our Boulder community. Our efforts in this area have been inspired by Fringe modeled ideas of outside-the-box, non-traditional venue creation known as the "Bring-Your-Own-Venue" concept. By creating the Venue in a Box program, the Boulder Fringe aspires to fully addresses the equipment side of venue creation, allowing artists to utilize any space that happens to be readily available, as well as support, advise, and assist in producing events with our assemblage of valuable resources. The Venue in a Box program not only includes the low cost rental of otherwise costly technical equipment but can also include numerous other mechanisms needed to produce events including; house management, ticketing, marketing assistance, technical direction and advice, space acquisition, and much more. Venue in a Box will soft-launched in 2015, with a full launch anticipated later in this year. The expected results of the Venue in a Box program include; an arts based solution to a city wide recognized problem, increased art productions in our community, expanded reach of the Boulder Fringe as a supportive entity in the independent art community.

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