Arts & Culture Activities

Lafayette Arts & Cultural Resources Department, in conjunction with the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and the Public Art Committee, offer a variety of diverse programming including, but not limited to, art workshops, artist talks, art in parks and open space, writing workshops, and films.  Most of these events are free and open to the public.  Some require pre-registration.  Call 303-661-1261 with questions. 

Registration for events requiring sign up.

Lantern Making Workshop (Adults Only)

Friday, August 17, 2018, 6-9 pm at The Collective, 201 N Public Rd, Lafayette

Join us at the Collective Community Arts Center for an adults-only Lantern Making Workshop. The workshop will be led by artist Paula Slick who will teach you how to make a beautiful lantern using willow canes, paper and glue. Paula will share stories and information about the symbolism of creating “carriers for light”. The workshop is free and all materials are provided. There will be wine available to purchase. The workshop will be held Friday, August 17 from 6:00- 9:00 p.m.  There will be a separate family lantern making workshop at the Recreation Center. Pre-registration required.

Come to Your Senses: Writing About the Natural World

Thursday September 6, 2018 9:00 a.m. - noon at Waneka Lake West Picnic Shelter

Instructor BK Loren and Naturist Martin Ogle.  The landscape and wildlife of Lafayette is rich and varied--and often goes unnoticed in our hurried lives. Take a morning to slow down and come back to your senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) through observing the natural world in your own backyard. Part of the joy of observing nature and wildlife lies in being able to gain enough clarity to describe not only what you have seen, but how it made you feel, how it momentarily transformed you. Come to this workshop prepared to observe, learn, explore, and write (a lot), and have fun. Since the human body is part of the natural world, Loren may also toss in a bit of brain science about the benefits of writing and being in nature. Co-sponsored by Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and Lafayette Open Space. Pre-registration required.

PLEASE BRING: layers of clothing for varied weather, water, snack, your preferred writing tools (pens, pencils, or markers), paper or notebook, tablet or laptop (WiFi will not be available).  You may want to bring a chair or cushion to sit on during writing exercises.

Spotlight on Lafayette: TRENDS Report

Saturday, September 29, 9:30-11:30 at The Collective, 201 N Public Rd, Lafayette

The TRENDS Report shines a light on our city and county’s greatest concerns, strengths, and potentials. TRENDS covers a spectrum of data and stories gathered from us all about who we are, our economy, education, environment, housing, civic participation, and of course, arts and culture.  Chris Barge, VP of Strategic Initiatives of Community Foundation Boulder County, will make a special presentation that highlights Lafayette data. Pre-registration recommended.

Register for all events here.

Viva Arts - FREE

Viva Arts is the First Friday Program curated by the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and hosted at The Collective Community Arts Center, 201 N. Public Rd., on the first Friday each month, 6 - 8 pm.  Viva Arts features a diverse variety of arts and cultural experiences