Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is a catalyst for creative experiences through the exploration of significant art of our time.

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Present Box

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

PRESENT BOX

Every year, BMoCA turns its Museum Store into a temporary exhibition space titled Present Box, and invites artists to create short-term installations or events that involve interactive performance as a medium. These exhibitions have grown in popularity since they began in 2011, with increased attendance at openings and increased attention from the media. Present Box exhibitions happen three times a year and allow BMoCA to present more experimental forms of art and art making.

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Evidence of Program's Success

BMoCA's Present Box openings have grown in attendance and media attention.

Friends With Benefits (FWB)

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Female Adults
Female Young Adults (20 - 25 years)
General Public
Male Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Introduced in 2011, FWB is BMoCA's young members affiliate group for patrons and professionals ages 21-40. With an active membership base of 194 diverse individuals, FWB encourages a deeper participation in curatorial, educational, social, and civic activities planned and presented by the FWB Steering Committee and BMoCA. A dynamic schedule of public events raises awareness of BMoCA's mission, exhibitions, and programs and advances the goals of FWB. Macy's has been a sponsor.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since its inception in 2011, FWB has gained more attention from regional sponsors. In 2013, FWB received its first title sponsorship from a regional retailer that shares the demographics and goals of FWB in support of the 2014 schedule of events. This sponsor renews their support through 2015.

Spark! Tours and Workshops

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Beginning in 2014, BMoCA offers Access Art, free tours and workshops for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of degenerative cognitive disorders. After partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, Access Tours were renamed Spark! Tours and more partners were brought in to provide regular service to Boulder's seniors living with memory loss and their caretakers.

Spark! Tours utilize special touring techniques developed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York titled Meet Me at MoMA. It provides museum educators, docents, and caregivers a framework to talk about art and enhance firsthand experiences with art for those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. BMoCA provides free Spark! tours and workshops to individuals and groups, and continues to advance its commitment to inclusiveness and community service.

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Evidence of Program's Success

BMoCA gains heightened visibility for providing high-quality educational experiences that serve specific populations, including individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, within the Boulder community and beyond.

BMoCA at Macky: Off-site Exhibition Series

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public

Description

BMOCA AT MACKY
BMoCA's onsite exhibitions are presented concurrently with BMoCA at Macky, the museum's off-site exhibition series launched in 2012. BMoCA at Macky is a collaboration between BMoCA and Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, a performing arts venue at the University of Colorado Boulder that attracts over 90,000 visitors annually.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2015, there were 45,232 people who attended Mackey.

Contemporary Classroom

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Established in 2011, Contemporary Classroom puts BMoCA "on wheels" to bring artistic enrichment, art exploration, and visiting artists directly to the classrooms of K-12 students in Colorado. Museum educators travel with an exhibiting artist to provide students with a 45-minute in-classroom presentation and hands-on art project inspired by BMoCA's exhibitions. In 2015, Contemporary Classroom served over 3,200 youth in collaboration with Adams County, Arapahoe County, and Jefferson County. These collaborations continue through 2016 with generous support from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District Tier III multi-county cultural councils.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Contemporary Classroom continues to grow with 82 presentations scheduled for 2017 in Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties.

ARTlab

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

In 2011, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art launched ARTlab, an ambitious effort to engage Boulder County's most at-risk high school students with a fine arts program. The goal was simple: empower youth to build a positive future for themselves using visual arts as a language of self-expression and a tool for building self-esteem. School programs like ARTlab are proven to reduce incarceration and dropout rates amongst youth.

BMoCA struck a strong partnership with Justice High School (JHS), a Boulder Valley School District Charter School for students who have been expelled from the traditional school system. Located in Lafayette, Colorado, Justice High School holds its students to a high standard for graduation: acceptance into at least three colleges and completion of at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses. BMoCA's ARTlab program fills a gap in arts programming at the school by providing the first regularly offered fine arts curriculum to the students. Prior to ARTlab, Justice High School was unable to offer more than an art workshop here and there. Today ARTlab is a fully integrated course offering that boasts 100% enrollment each semester. Beginning in 2015, BMoCA expanded ARTlab to serve students attending Boulder Preparatory High School.

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Evidence of Program's Success

80% of Justice High School's annual graduates since 2011 have participated in ARTlab.

Exhibitions

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Gays/Lesbians
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art presents three major exhibitions that advance BMoCA's mission to serve as a catalyst for creative experiences through the exploration of significant art of our time. These exhibitions explore emerging practices in contemporary art and feature the contributions of regional, national, and international artists.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased membership
Attendance
Positive visitor feedback
New partnership with other community organizations

The Studio Project

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Studio Projects hosts teen-focused events to facilitate dialogue about art, art making and social issues as they affect young people. With input from local teens, BMoCA engages teens in a dynamic investigation of contemporary art and topics important in teenage life, like technology, film and creative expression.
The Studio Project is comprised of three components:
(1) Youth Art Advisory Internship Program: Youth Art Advisory Interns, representing local high schools, design and implement programs for The Studio Project, undergo museum docent training and explore aspects of museum work as a part of a school year-long internship
(2) Art Lounge: evening based community wide events in which teens gather for social events that are inspired by art making, film or exhibition interaction and
(3) At-risk outreach: Partnering with high school programming for at-risk students who participate in on-site museum visits, guided exhibit tours and art making workshops.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Positive feedback from participants
Youth Art Advisory Internship Alumna
Increased volume of Youth Art Advisory Internship applications
Receipt of two year grant from the city of Boulder Youth Opportunities Advisory Board

Art Stop

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Asian/Pacific Islander
Blacks
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics

Description

Art Stop is a free-of-charge activity-based program that gives children ages 3-11 hands-on experience making artwork and helps introduce families to the opportunites of museum discovery. Art Stop is held on the museum's front porch from 9am-1pm every Saturday morning during the Boulder County Farmers Market (May - November).

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Evidence of Program's Success

Attendance numbers are going up, word-of-mouth, evolution of fine arts skills.

Art Stop on the Go

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Description

Established in 2008, Art Stop on the Go is BMoCA's art education and outreach program presented to youth at The Family Learning Center in Boulder, Colorado. BMoCA provides youth ages 5-12 weekly art education after-school and throughout the summer. Youth participate in hands-on art projects and educational tours of BMoCA's exhibitions. In 2013, BMoCA expanded Art Stop on the Go into Adams, Broomfield, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties to serve even greater numbers of at-risk youth throughout Colorado. BMoCA partnered with youth literacy programs at public libraries in school districts with up to 80% participation in free and reduced lunch programs. BMoCA's Art Stop on the Go will impact over 2,000 youth in 2015 and 2016.

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Evidence of Program's Success

�End of program student evaluations
�End of program community leader evaluations
2016:152 classes
2017: 198 classes
Growth: 30%

Young Artists at Work (YAW)

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Other Minorities

Description

YAW is an interdisciplinary art program featuring an exciting schedule of summer and holiday workshops designed to jump-start young peoples' inherent creativities. Art exhibits in the museum's galleries inpire students, while visiting artists provide hands-on instruction.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Repeat attendance

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