See and Respond

Call for Artists and Poets!

The Lafayette Cultural Resources announces a Call for Artists and Poets for the 2016 See & Respond Art Show.
Poets and 2-D artists of all kinds and all ages are invited to See & Respond to the 2016  Art on the Street sculpture collection by writing poems or creating 2-D works of art in any medium that are inspired by any of the 2016 Art on the Street sculptures. Poetry is due Sept. 11, 2016; all artwork is due Sept. 29. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories, and three age groups for this juried show: 2-D Art, Photography and Poetry. More details are available at .
The See & Respond Art Show and Art on the Street Meet the Artists Reception, featuring the Art on the Street Sculptures and the works they inspired, will be held in Lafayette Public Library, Oct. 14, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories and the winner of the Art on the Street, Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award will be announced.
Sixteen Art on the Street sculptures were installed along Public Road in March. Artists and Poets wishing to enter See & Respond may visit the sculptures in person or view them on the City of Lafayette website, The Art on the Street sculpture walk provides the community with a full access interactive art experience year round.
For more information, contact Susan Booker, Cultural Resources Coordinator; City of Lafayette; or at 303-661-1260.

Lafayette Cultural Resources

Arts in Community Grants Available

The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Arts in the Community-Grant cycle.  The grants are available to local individuals and organizations for the 13th year in a row.  The LCAC awards money, usually not exceeding $1000 per grant, to fund projects which will directly benefit the city and residents of Lafayette.  Due to the large number of grant requests in recent years City Council increased the funding available for this grant program in 2016.   Approximately $15,000 will be awarded.  The grant application is available from the City of Lafayette website; Grant applications deadline is Sept. 18, 2016, with funds distributed in Jan. 2017. All projects receiving grant money need to be completed by Dec. 20, 2017.

Book Arts League

Events at Book Arts League

Open House—FREE!!; Sun.,, Sept 11, 1-4pm
Four times a year, the Book Arts League hosts an open house, opening our doors to the public to see our historic farmhouse and bunkhouse (where most of the printing equipment is located). Learn about our efforts to preserve the arts of the book! Check out the new class offerings and happenings at the farm! Come see the vintage letterpresses in action and take home a free printed sample. Free and open to the public. Fall treats and hot coffee will be offered as well.
Calligraphy with Mamiko Ikeda; Saturday, Sept 24, 9-3 pm
In this workshop, with an introduction to the basic Japanese calligraphy strokes as well as some free-style variations, the students will learn to practice basic calligraphy strokes, some words in Kana (Japanese alphabets) or Kanji (Chinese characters) and be encouraged to explore ways to use the strokes of calligraphy in their own unique ways.
The price per student: $90 Material Fee: $5 per person, which will include sumi ink, felt mat and rice paper/newsprint to practice on. * Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes if they have their own. Visit our website to sign up today!

Reverence Dance

Dance at RAD

Our 15th year in Lafayette! Dance Classes at Reverence Academy of Dance!   Fun!  Pre-School,  Royal Academy of Dance Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballroom.  
Register or call 303-661-0719 for information.  1370 Miners Dr. #111 Lafayette. 

Lafayette Historical Society:  History of Latinos

CU History Professor Marjorie McIntosh and Justine Vigil-Tapia, a native of Lafayette, will present information about the history of Latinos in Boulder County from a two volume set of extensive research on the culture and lives of Latinos in Boulder County. This lecture, sponsored by the Lafayette Historical Society is at the Lafayette Public Library at 7 pm on Thurs., Sept.8. This program is co-sponsored by the Lafayette Library. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Art Night Out September 16
Art Night Out

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Salsa Loteria

Motus Theater y Programa Compañeras presenta SALSA Lotería

This performance will be presented in Spanish.
Motus Theater y Programa Compañeras presenta SALSA Lotería. Presentación de monólogos autobiográficos explorando la vida, fuerza y resiliencia de inmigrantes latinas de nuestra comunidad. Sabado, 1 de Octubre, 7pm; The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette
 Rosa Elena Valle Cerezo, Carmen Reina Nelson, Laura Adriana Soto Rubalcava, Teresita Lozano, Elena Aranda, and Ana Karina Casas Ibarra. Directora, Kirsten Wilson
Boletos $5 (entradas disponibles en la puerta)
Motus Theater; 303-440-3682;;

WOW Children's museum

Art & Music at WOW!

Music Lingua Demo Class; Tues., Sept. 6; 10:00am
Free demo class and see how you and your child can learn Spanish through music, movement, storytelling and art!  Classes are taught in thematic units geared towards kids up to age 8. Included with Museum admission.
Integral Steps Presents Music & Movement; Fri., Sept. 9; 1:00pm
High energy, exciting, and fun! Children dance and play through a combination of music, movement, biology, and art! Presented by Emma Shubin of Integral Steps, included with Museum admission.
Talk Like a Pirate Day; Sun., Sept. 18
Argh mateys!! Come aboard for a day of Pirate activities, crafts, and giveaways!  Included with Museum admission.
Tales of Wonder Program; Fri., Sept. 30; 11:30am
Colorado Educational Theater will share classic tales of elf and fairy magic! Children will help stories from Asia and Europe unfold through simple drama and creative movement activities.  This special program is a part of the "WOW! Goes Around the World" series sponsored by the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, included with Museum admission.

Peanutbutter Players

From the summer performance of Me for President at the Peanut Butter Players

Peanut Butter Players Presents

Peanut Butter Players Lunch Bunch announces performances of SHREK, THE MUSICAL, JR. on Sept. 24 and every Saturday until Oct.22, 2016, at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 1376 Miners Dr., Ste 106, Lafayette.  Showtime is 11 am followed by noon lunch (hot dog, salad or pbj)  Admission of $15/person includes lunch and the Broadway show performed by professional kids.  Reservations:  call 303-786-8727.
After-school theatre classes for kids aged 4-16 will start Sept. 27, at Peanut Butter Players' Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 1376 Miners Dr., Ste. 106, Lafayette.  From beginning creative dramatics to advanced improvisation, the classes provide a wide range of confidence building as well as professional training.  Registration at or call 303-786-8727 for more information. 


Call for Entries:
Hear Our Voices Art Project

SPAN is proud to host its inaugural Hear Our Voices Art Project & Exhibit in October 2016. 
This project is dedicated to giving artistic representation to the experience of surviving and transcending intimate partner violence.  You do not need to be a survivor of violence in order to participate; people of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome to submit a piece of art for consideration.
Projects chosen for HOV will be given a $100 stipend for materials. Proposals are due Tues., Sept. 6, 2016.  Read the full Call for Entries:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and artwork from the Hear Our Voices Project will be on display online and at an art exhibit and fundraiser for SPAN on Thursday, October 27.
Each year SPAN provides services and support to more than 2,000 people in our community who have been impacted by violence.  The experiences of these people reflect the diverse realities, backgrounds, and logistical challenges survivors face.  The Hear Our Voices Project will tell some of those stories through visual arts, including (but not limited to) painting, drawing, mixed medium, textile, and sculpture.  Email if you have questions.

Marita McDonough

Calligraphy at pARTiculars

pARTiculars featured artist this month is sculptor and calligrapher Marita McDonough. A native of Portland Oregon who now calls Colorado home, Marita works out of her home in Berthoud, specializing in calligraphic art pieces, functional porcelain and sculpture.
Marita started drawing at a young age, with a special interest in the beauty of horses, and continues to use the image of the Horse in her sculptures. Her work in clay began in 1986 while living in Palm Springs. Faces, horses, or bas-relief impressions usually decorate delicate but strong functional bowls and vases.
She began working in calligraphy in 1965 and has taught beginning to advanced levels since 1975. While living in Madison, Wisconsin, she was calligrapher to Governor Tommy G. Thompson.
Marita's upcoming calligraphy classes at pARTiculars:
Calligraphy: Italic Lettering / Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13 / 10am-12:30pm / $195
Calligraphy for the Holidays / Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 / 10am-12:30pm / $130
To register, please visit our website at or call 720.890.7888.

Fall Classes at Center for Musical Arts

Fall term has just started, but it’s not too late to register at the Center for Musical Arts.  New instruments for Fall! Try your hand at folk or learn some bluegrass  --  now offering individual and group lessons in mandolin and hammer dulcimer. 
New Class!  High School Vocal Jazz (for ages 13-19) Classes are Saturdays, 9/10-11/19 from 1:30-3:00 pm.  $115.  Teens, come learn Jazz vocal techniques from international jazz coach and performer Faye Nepon.
Beginning Ukulele Social Club starts this month.  This six-week course runs Thursdays from 5:45-7:15 and tuition is $85. Come join friends and neighbors at the CMA to make music together in a relaxed setting! You can bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA (pending availability).
All take place at the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette.  We offer music to the whole community; tuition assistance available.  For more information go to

Towards Right Relationsips with Native Peoples

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Get ready to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10. Join us for a free participatory workshop for high school students and adults, Thurs., Oct. 6, 5-7:30 pm at the Lafayette Library.
Together, we'll experience the European colonization of Turtle Island as the Native communities here experienced it. We’ll learn how Native peoples are defending their rights today through the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. And we’ll ask ourselves how we can work together toward right relationship among all peoples
here in Colorado.  Be sure to RSVP to: by Oct. 5. For more info, see:

Window painting contest

Youth Window Painting Contest

Register for Lafayette's 6th Annual Window Painting Contest!  Children in kindergarten to 10th grade can paint a Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and/or fall picture on an assigned exterior window space of a participating merchant in Lafayette.  Local artists will judge the paintings.  Winners in each grade category receive awards.  Children provide their own acrylic paint and supplies and paint from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., Oct.r 8 and Sun., Oct. 9, 2016 (rain/snow date is Oct. 18/19).   Registration fee: $4 resident/$6 non-residents).  Register at from Sept. 6 to Oct. 3.  Space is limited!   The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Fall Festival on Sun., Oct. 23, at Lafayette’s Bob L. Burger Recreation Center with the Great Pumpkin Race and the Lions Club Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  For questions or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Klein, Event Chair,, 720.352.1988.

San Souci Dance Festival
Image from "Top Graffiti" by Geoffrey Goldberg- New Movie Musical Productions (2016, USA)

Kids + Dance + Film

 "Kids+Dance+Film," a free family-friendly film screening, will dazzle viewers on Sat., Oct. 8 at 3:00pm at the Lafayette Public Library. Ages 5 and up are encouraged to see what happens when their imaginations are put at the intersection of dance and film.  This, the second in a series of three events supported by an Arts in Community Grant from the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, will feature 10 short films, and, as always, RedVines (the classic movie snack).

Story Writing Contest Judges Wanted!

Parent Engagement Network and Lafayette Open Space are seeking 1-3 people with solid writing credentials or experience (teachers, writers, etc.) to judge entries a “Stories of the Land” writing contest for students in Lafayette public schools.   The contest is open to 4 age categories – 2nd/3rd grade; 4th/5th grade; Middle School; and High School.  
This is a volunteer opportunity;  judges will be recognized at the November 2, storytelling performance at Angevine Middle School (see   For more information contact Martin Ogle at

Resilience project

Different Voices at Lafayette Public Library

“Different Voices” provides a forum for those not frequently heard in mainstream culture, offering opportunities for engaging the public in conversations of importance to our community, through books, events, and conversations.
Resilience Project Artists' reception on Sat., Sept.17 at 2:30 pm, featuring a performance by spoken word poet Jozer.  "The Resilience Project: Teen Art in Response to Immigration" will be featured in Library galleries during September. The Resilience Project presents photographs by Boulder County youth inspired by resilience themes of immigration, energy, environment, and empowerment.
Different Voices: Bringing the History of Lafayette's Latinos to Life - Sept. 8; 7pm
Bringing the History of Lafayette’s Latinos to Life. Presented by Lafayette Historical Society and Lafayette Public Library
The lives and contributions of Latinos in Boulder County are rarely visible in standard history books and school classrooms. Boulder County Latino History Project has helped to fill that gap, collecting 1,600 primary sources about Latino experiences, including oral history interviews, family biographies, photographs, and newspaper accounts.
Boulder photographer Philip Hernandez’ dramatic work chronicling the history of Latinos in the US will be on display throughout the evening.
Different Voices: "Do You Know Who I Am?"  Sept. 29, 6:30 pm
“Do You Know Who I Am?” is a powerful film is based on autobiographical monologues written and performed by undocumented teen leaders.Learn about the reality behind the rhetoric of immigration, and hear about the real lives at stake in the immigration debate!
The film explores the obstacles faced by undocumented youth, inspiring youth in similar situations not to give up on their educational goals.
Annual Book Lover's Sale, Sat., Sept. 24, 10-4
EVERYBODY loves a good book! Find your favorites at the annual book sale, presented by Friends of the Lafayette Public Library. Browse thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs in a wide selection of genres! All proceeds benefit library programming.
Please donate your gently loved and used books, CDs, and DVDs for this one day awesome sale.

Lafayette’s Public Art Committee Seeks Applicants

The Lafayette Public Art Committee (PAC) is seeking enthusiastic applicants to fill two seats as alternate members. For information and online application, go to Please fill out the form, print it, and send it to the Cultural Resources Coordinator at the address below, or email it to Applications must be received by October 7, 2016. The Public Art Committee will review applications and invite the most qualified applicants to interview on October 12, 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact the Cultural Resources Coordinator, Susan Booker. 303-661-1260 or

Searching for Balance

Art on the Street

The 2016 Art on the Street sculptures line Public Road in Old Town Lafayette. Take a stroll or view the website to enjoy the sculptures.
Searching for Balance
Artist Robert Howard
Fort Collins, CO
 Location: 603 S. Public Road; Lafayette Post Office
Material: Repurposed metal scrap
Price: $ 2,500
 Artist Statement: Searching for Balance was designed in response to a challenge to create art using recycled bicycle parts. The results is a kinetic sculpture which becomes animated with wind. In addition, solar lights incorporated into the sculpture recharge during day light and shine at night creating yet another dimension of movement.

For more information about this or any other Art on the Street Sculpture, visit the website or contact

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