Arts & Culture organizations awarded grants from Millennium Trust

Arts and Culture organizations that received grants from the Community Foundation's Community Trust earlier this fall were awarded unsolicited, additional grants of $1,650 each from the Millennium Trust. The foundation sent these grants to 22 organizations in recognition of the extraordinary impact of COVID-19 on their bottom lines.

The following organizations received awards for general operating support:

Block 1750 - A dance-based community in Boulder that provides a) affordable dance instruction for adults and kids for all levels in hip hop, breaking, house and contemporary dance; b) leadership opportunities, supportive role models, and a safe, positive community for youth, including homeless and at-risk youth. Offers community space and classes every day, including breakdance, contemporary, hip hop, house, kids breaking, dance troupes, and other urban styles. Also offers open studios, free community diners, outreach, community events, and writers block spoken word gatherings.

Landlocked Films - Landlocked Films seeks to give voice to those whose stories are not always broadly heard and to educate, catalyze dialogue, and promote social justice. Community Trust project funding is supporting creation of the documentary film "This is (Not) Who We Are" that explores the gap between Boulder's self image and the more complex lived experiences, both historical and contemporary, of its Black citizens.

Celebrate the Beat - Provides highest quality in-school and after-school dance programs for all children that improves health and wellbeing, inspires them to believe in themselves, and establishes a standard of excellence that impacts all aspects of their lives. Community Trust funding is supporting the Longmont School Dance Program, a two or three week dance residency in two Longmont elementary schools with high Latino and low income enrollments. Prerecorded classes are ready to go if schools don't open.

Stories on Stage - Stories on Stage engages audiences with dynamic and entertaining performances of short works of literature. Through the shared experience of live theater, Stories on Stage strives to inspire empathy and to break down boundaries between cultures and generations. Programs include season programming, special projects and outreach efforts.

Empowerment Center of East County - The Empowerment Center exists to help East Boulder County youth create positive social change through the arts, community-based learning and leadership opportunities. Current programs include: Arts for Social Change afterschool programming that introduces youth to the arts (visual, music, video and spoken word) for one hundred K-12 students in Alicia Sanchez International School, Escuela Bilingue Pioneer, Centaurus and the Aspinwall and Kestrel public housing community centers; a lighting and sound apprenticeship program with ArtsHub for underrepresented high school students to learn the craft and practice theater production skills; a seven week intensive experiential summer program for one hundred middle and high school youth to design and implement community art and service projects in Lafayette; and scholarships for underrepresented and under resourced K-12 students to take classes in aerial dance, theater and art at ArtsHub.

Boulder County Arts Alliance - BCAA acts as a catalyst to incubate, stimulate and sustain a thriving arts community in Boulder. BCAA offers fiscal sponsorships for artists and small organizations; provides workshops on the business of art, and panels on arts and community issues like equity, inclusion, and climate change; and facilitates grants programs for local arts organizations for project support and general operations.

Boulder Opera Company - Boulder Opera is committed to making opera accessible, inspiring and engaging to the community. Boulder Opera's goal is to develop new audiences for this old art form, enrich the lives of the community and provide opportunity to local musicians. Programs include a gala concert, family series opera, free opera in the park, a main stage opera, and outreach program.

Local Theater Company - A nonprofit theater company specializing in original works of exceptional quality. Engages audiences through innovative performances that spark camaraderie, learning and contemplation and provides a resourceful environment for theater artists to take creative risks and develop their work. Community Trust funding supported playwriting residencies to secondary schools, called LocalWrites. The project is designed to promote literacy, inspire original writing and increase self esteem. Works with students at Casey middle school at no cost to the students, parents or school. Targets students who are reading below grade level. Students write, do a reading of their own, and attend a professional play. During COVID plays have been performed online.

Open Studios - To advance and enrich the visual arts and promote the role of artists in the Boulder community. Community Trust funding supported art activity kits for families while kids are doing online learning. Open Studios has a partnership with Boulder Housing Partners.

Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association - Mission is to offer the history, culture and physical techniques of Shaolin Hung Mei to students and the public through performances, programs, and special events. Programs include Kung Fu, lion dance & dragon training & performances, workshops, seminars, lectures on Chinese culture, tai chi, Chinese folk dance, and traditional Chinese medical care.

Motus Theater - The mission of Motus Theater is to create original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues of our time. Programs include Undocumonologues, Justus Project, Shoebox Stories Live, Shoebox Stories Host Your Own, Shoebox Stories Podcast, Motus Monologues Podcast, and the Sanctuary Project.

JLF Colorado - JLF produces Boulder's annual international literary festival, which is a free two day event of artistic excellence and diversity where JLF hosts seventy authors and forty sessions in four venues. It draws an audience of eleven thousand over a weekend. Year round free outreach programs include twenty writing programs in BVSD lowincome schools by acclaimed local authors serving three hundred students, twenty literacy programs taught by local authors and teachers for one hundred I Have A Dream students, tutoring with CU Upward Bound, and providing eminent authors of color to teach diverse high school students (one thousand total).

Firehouse Art Center/Art Studio Inc - To promote cultural awareness of the arts in the community by diverse educational programs, events and curation of local, regional and national exhibits. Programs include: free arts education to under resourced youth, kids, and adults with disabilities; summer arts camp; adult education; artist talks, demos, workshops, classes, and gallery; poetry & writing workshops; readings & critiques three times a month; art walk; and working studios.

Longmont Museum - Longmont Museum is a center for culture in Northern Colorado where people of all ages explore history, experience art, and discover new ideas through dynamic programs, exhibitions and events. Funding would support the 2021 Día de los muertos exhibition and community cultural celebration in Longmont with six thousand expected attendees.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts - BMOCA is a catalyst for creative experiences through the exploration of significant art of our time. BMOCA, in 2020 adjusting for COVID, will host four major exhibitions, two short-term exhibits and one public art installation at the museum, one exhibit at CU Boulder, and three exhibits at Frasier Meadows senior community. Public programs include: Conversations with artists; Día del Nino; Open Wall; MediaLive; interdisciplinary programs such as a partnership with American Institute of Architects; and education programs for audiences of all ages including seven unique outreach programs (six of which were free of charge).

Colorado Music Festival - To inspire and connect community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world's music through education and performance. Programs include a music festival season at Chautauqua Auditorium, collaborative events with community partners like BMOCA and SOS Venezuela, and a Festival Fellows program. The Center for Musical Arts has more than six hundred students per week, a Spanish language choir, and a musical freedom program which provides music lessons in prison. There are also programs for veterans, adults with Alzheimer's, justice-involved youth, and neurodiverse students.

Studio Arts Boulder - To cultivate the artist in each of us by the study, practice and advancement of studio arts ceramics. High-quality, hands on art education for all ages and abilities. Weekly pottery classes for children and adults, date nights, sampler classes, workshops, youth summer camps, and seasonal family camps. Also offers printmaking, metalsmithing and fiber art. Offers reduced rate classes for adults with mild TBI. One third of participants served via free outreach programs.

Parlando School of Musical Arts - To provide access to people of all ages and abilities, inspiring them to share in the love of music and the arts through education, community collaboration, and performance opportunity. Funding would support the School Outreach Program which would provide onsite music support for a minimum of one Boulder county music program for an average of two hours a day, three days a week during the 2020-2021 school year. This program provides students with consistent and in-depth weekly support with music studies over the course of the entire school year.

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company - Organization presents profound theatrical stories that inspires audiences and enriches the community. The Community Trust Fund request was to support their (inter)Generations playwriting program which pairs high school students with older adults (50+) for four multi-session play writing classes from September 2020 - June 2021. This pilot program will be free to participants, offered online, and will provide opportunity for social connection, theater education, artistic collaboration, and creative self-expression for participants. The ultimate goal is to build bridges between generations and reduce social isolation and loneliness in both age groups.

Boulder Ballet - To create, explore and extend the artistry, passion and joy of dance in the community with its artists, students, and audiences through the opportunities of performance, the excellence of training and outreach for all. They will be showcasing works by choreographers of diverse backgrounds. Boulder Ballet is creating partnerships with Playpass, EFAA and the YWCA to bring dance to young women of color and underserved youth.

Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra - Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra provides a variety of opportunities for young musicians to deepen their musical skills and passion, and to engage the community through performances of the highest possible artistic level. Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra has four large ensembles in which one hundred forty five young people participate in three main concerts a year. There are two full orchestras, a wind ensemble, and a beginner string orchestra. Programs include a mentor program with professional musicians, need based financial assistance and musical instruments, annual concerto competition, chamber music, and partnerships with the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Music Festival.

Frequent Flyers Productions - To create and promote the magic of aerial dance through performance and education. Includes a professional company, aerial dance festival, community education, kids who fly program for at risk youth, and a professional training program.