Boulder, CO. What Makes Us Unique?
Boulder, Colorado has a rich history filled with art, music, and innovation. In the world of creatives like Bridget, there are few places as invigorating to call home. There was an attitude of moving forward with wellness that still holds up in Boulder communities today. This includes The University of Colorado Boulder which is said to contribute to the “hippy past, tech-savvy present and progressive future — not to mention an incredible selection of museums, attractions, theaters, sports teams and scenery for visitors to enjoy.”
Want to learn more about Boulder? Stop by Bridget’s studio and see why this town has a feeling of community.
Not only is Boulder home to Bridget Dorr Ceramics and Photography, but many other inspiring, creative businesses! As mentioned in a previous article, local businesses help Bridget live a slow, intentional life every day. One of Bridget’s favorite local businesses is:
The New Local
The New Local is a non-profit women’s art collective showcasing and championing local women artists of Boulder and Colorado. Since its first iteration as a short-term pop-up gallery in 2019, THE NEW LOCAL has become a flourishing artist collective and non-profit whose home is Boulder’s Landmark 1880 Montgomery House on West Pearl St. in Boulder.
THE NEW LOCAL supports women-identifying artists, makers and designers and empowers their careers through a nonprofit gallery platform. Simultaneously, TNL aims to promote inclusivity and diversity in the wider community under the direction of a diverse board and jury. Its mission is to ensure a culture of inclusion through a public call for artwork with focused outreach to underserved communities, and an education program that prioritizes accessibility via sliding scale/by donation classes.
Events, celebrations, and festivals are no stranger to Boulder, Colorado. Here’s some of the upcoming events for you and your family to enjoy!
International Women’s Day at The New Local- THE NEW LOCAL Gallery and non-profit (TNL), whose mission is to champion exceptional, local, women- identifying creators across multiple artistic disciplines, will host their first annual International Women’s Day event on Wednesday March 8 and the following Saturday, March 11. This event will take place in the TNL gallery and workshop space, which is located at 741 Pearl St. in Boulder. Reflecting on Boulder’s rich history while elevating contemporary female creative voices, TNL artists will engage and inspire the public with interactive history and art education.
With the help of local historical organizations such as the Carnegie Library of Boulder and Archivists with the Boulder Chautauqua, THE NEW LOCAL will shed light on pioneering women’s creative contributions to the foundation of Boulder’s present-day creative milieu. During this two-day event, 15 of THE NEW LOCAL’s resident artists will come together to offer a wide range of interactive artistic demonstrations and workshops that harken back to the days of Boulder’s early settlement in the mid-19th century, and the functional artistic skills women likely employed at this time. In this way, TNL will weave the stories of Boulder’s most famous historic women naturalists, suffragists, women’s rights activists, and artists with those of living female pioneers.
Sunday Community Meditation – On the first Sunday of each month, Boulder Shambhala Center hosts Maitri Bhavana (The Practice of Kindness) at approximately 9:45AM. This offering is a time for the community to come together and deepen their practice, with an extended session of sitting and walking meditation. Participation is free, but donations are appreciated. Learn more here.
Art In The Park – Located at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, this is a gorgeous creative display of Boulder’s local artists. Fifteen talented artists were selected from a pool of close to 200 applicants to transform fiberglass bear statues into extraordinary works of art for this unique attraction. The participating artists have created a stunning exhibit located in one of the most breathtaking outdoor venues in the country. Free to all, learn more here!
Boulder Arts Week – From April 7, 2023 – April 15, 2023, keep an eye out for daily events and opportunities to check out some of the best artists in Boulder! This event is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of the community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings and the city’s thriving creativity. Learn more about Boulder Arts Week here.
Now that you’re familiar with the artistic space of Boulder, Colorado, keep Bridget in mind when booking your visit! Available for family photos or ceramic workshops, Bridget has the perfect additions to your trip. To learn more about local culture, slow living, and Bridget, follow the blog!
Written by Veronica Heller