The Collective

Lafayette Arts and Cultural Resources receives $50,000 Grant

City of Lafayette one of 89 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program.  Lafayette Arts and Cultural Resources Department is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $50,000 to support The Collective, Community Art Center.
The grant will support programming at The Collective, a community arts hub on Public Road. Programs will include business training workshops for arts entrepreneurs, professional development for local nonprofit arts administrators, networking sessions, and art exhibitions and events featuring local talent. Programs will be developed and implemented by the City of Lafayette Cultural Arts Division, in partnership with the Boulder County Arts Alliance and ARTS!Lafayette. Expected benefits of the project are a stronger, more cohesive arts sector, and greater community participation in local arts activities. More about The Collective.


Moments in Mexican-American
History of the Southwest at The Collective

An exhibit by CU Professors Arturo Aldama (Ethnic Studies)and Marjorie McIntosh (History)

On display July 8-August 25 at The Collective, 201 S. Public Road.
The exhibit, a collage of photographs, maps, and historical text, spans the period from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, to the current activities of Latino student groups on the CU-Boulder campus. Among the topics covered are racism and discrimination against Mexican Americans, their contributions to the U.S. military, and the roles of Latinas in fighting for social justice.
Join us on August 3 at 7:00 PM for  a conversation with Arturo Aldama, Justine Vigil-Tapi, Marjorie McIntosh, and other members of the community.  We will talk about contributions Latinos have made to Lafayette's history, the progress that has been made in their status, and what challenges remain, in such areas as immigration rights and inclusion.

Wendy Woo

Wendy Woo Band @ July Art Night Out

Art Night Out is a free community arts event and concert in Old Town Lafayette.  Join us for the Art Market, art demonstrations, family activities, food trucks,  live music, beer & wine garden, & downtown art walk. Second Friday of the month May – September, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 

July 14– Wendy Woo

August 11 – Groove-a-licious

September 8 – Face- Vocal Band

Most activities will be on Public Road, between Cannon and Emma Streets.  Bands will play in Festival Plaza at the intersection of Public Road and West Chester Street.  Participating restaurants, stores, and galleries are located in Old Town Lafayette, along Public Road.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm      Kid and family friendly activities, arts and craft booths, balloon artist, & face painters will be at Festival Plaza
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Art Market, art demonstrations, street performers
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm      Beer & Wine garden
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm      Live Music! 

Art Market @ Art Night Out

Art Market @ Art Night Out

Crafted Life Markets is proud to be partnering with the City of Lafayette and ARTSLafayette to bring an art-focused version of their popular handmade markets to the Friday night music, arts, food and craft beer fair.
In addition to Crafted Life's usual lineup of amazing artisans and hand makers, The Art Market features fine artists, as well! Over the course of the summer, you'll meet painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists who you didn't know were a part of our community! More than 20 different local vendors and artists each month, as well as live demos by artists, crafters and others. Visit for more information or to apply for future months.

Crafted Life Martket

Handmade Markets @ Festival Plaza
Last Saturday of the month ~ Next Market July 29

Adding some local flair to your summer life is easy in the heart of old town Lafayette's arts district for this juried handmade outdoor market featuring up to 30 vendors each month selling everything from handicrafts and home decor to ceramics and apparel, bath & beauty and artisanal foods, as well as indoor demos of cool crafts.
Come see why everyone has been talking about the Crafted Life Handmade Markets at Festival Plaza! Enjoy our vendors as well as the local shopping, art galleries and restaurants that are just steps away.
 Visit for more information or to apply for future months.

Craft Market
Volunteers at Art Night Out
Volunteers have more fun!

Volunteer at Art Night Out

ARTS!Lafayette and the Arts & Cultural Resources Department are signing up volunteers for Art Night Out. 
100 volunteers are needed for each Art Night Out: July 14, August 11, September 8.   Many volunteers are needed for jobs that do not require special training; this includes volunteers who will help at the main entrances of the area, event set up and take down. Other volunteers, who have completed TIPS training may work checking IDs, selling beverage tickets and pouring wine.  Volunteers who give 1 ½ hours at an Art Night Out will receive a coupon for a free beverage from ARTSLafayette.  Fill out the volunteer form here.


Lafayette Historical Society presents

Colorado and the Great War: Centennial Reflections for the Centennial State

A WWI Centennial Commemoration Program
Saturday, July 8, 10:30 am at the Lafayette Public Library.
The Lafayette Historical Society and Lafayette Public Library will host Dr. Derek Everett, Professor of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His program is  "Colorado and the Great War: Centennial Reflections for the Centennial State".
Explore the many ways in which the war affected Colorado’s cities and farms, its cultures and economy, its environment and government, and how the Great War’s legacy still echoes across the state.

Saturday, July 8 from 10:30 - noon; in the lower level meeting room of the Lafayette Library. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Magic at the LIbrary

Magic - Juggling - Comedy -  with  magician Ann Lincoln 
July 15, 10:30 am
Back for a third year, our favorite magician Ann Lincoln bedazzles us with her juggling, comedy, and her live BUNNY! 

Summer Reading

Summer at the Library means only one thing – Summer Reading!  Join our free and accessible reading program for all ages. It’s an engaging way to keep your kids (and yourself) reading,  June 1 through July 31. We offer prizes and incentives for reading. Register online or come in to sign up. You can log your reading online, or drop by for assistance, and to pick up your prizes.

On the Same Page

On the Same Page is in its seventh year. It is a one book reading program for the Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior communities, this year featuring Sing for your Life, by Daniel Bergner. The New York Times bestseller chronicles Ryan Green's suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from solitary confinement to stardom. Daniel Bergner takes readers on Ryan's path toward his music, introducing us to a cast of memorable characters--including the two teachers from his childhood who redirect his rage into music, and his long-lost father who finally reappears to hear Ryan sing.

Arturo Garcia

Arturo Garcia at pARTiculars

pARTiculars Guest Artist in July/August is activist, writer and painter Arturo Garcia. Jaliscan émigré Arturo's technique of painting with palette knives, along with his love for color, results in an exciting combination of the abstract and the figurative. His work harkens back to that of the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the colors he remembers seeing as a boy – ultramarines, violets and magentas. 
Arturo also partners with the Boulder-based Americas Latino Eco Festival as a steward of Graficomovil, Mexican artist Artemio Rodríguez’s mini-museum and community printmaking studio on wheels, and his paintings are in galleries in the Denver area as well as in Mexico. His style is classified by art scholars as Figurativismo Fauvista Moderno, Modern Fauvist Representational Art, although Arturo, being self-taught, prefers to just call it modern art. His exhibit at pARTiculars will run through August 31.

Arts in Education

Arts in Education Grant Opportunity

Teachers of Lafayette schools may apply for a grant to support arts-related projects with local students. The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) is proud to offer Arts in Education Grants to local schools and teachers for the 10th year in a row. The deadline for application is September 1, 2017. More information can be found at Through an allocation from the city, last school year Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission awarded $6800 to 15 different projects in 7 Lafayette public schools. These are small grants of $500, or less, to supplement art supplies, allow for new art projects, exposure to artists, and much more. Those projects served more than 3,500 students from kindergarten through high school Last year’s projects included a mural of students’ cultures, a puppet show that taught lessons about the environment, art created from recycled materials using technology and Spanish speaking high school students mentored elementary students using Lafayette’s Art on the Street sculptures. Teachers may submit an online grant application at the City of Lafayette website; Grant applications are due September 1, 2017. Regular school year projects should be completed by August 31, 2018. 


Openings on local arts boards

Apply to join the Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) or the Public Art Committee (PAC)!

The City of Lafayette is seeking residents to join the Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC)! LCAC is a citizen committee dedicated to developing, promoting, nurturing, and celebrating arts opportunities in Lafayette. 
LCAC Deadline: July 7, 2017; interviews will be held  on July 25, August 22, and September 26 (applications accepted until all positions are filled)
PAC Deadline: Tuesday, July 7; interviews held Wednesday, July 12 (applications accepted until all positions are filled; additional interviews, if needed, will be held August 8, and September 1)
Narnia at PBP

PBP presents Narnia

Peanut Butter Players Sum-Fun production of NARNIA opens on Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 1376 Miners Drive, Suite 106, Lafayette. 
 Tickets are available at the box office before each show or by calling 303-786-8727.    
For more information:


Kids camps at Reverence

Reverence Academy of Dance has a great 1/2 day camp for 5-7 year olds!   9-noon, Monday - Thursday, July 10 - 13 with a great show at the end of the week!  Offering Ballet, Lyrical and Jazz, Musical Theater.  
For more information, visit,


Center for Musical Arts Summer Term

June 12-August 12 .
Students of all ages can take private lessons or sign up for one of our summer camps.  Here are our June offerings – visit to register or for more information!

Beginning Piano Camp 

July 17-21 (ages 5-9) from 9am-12pm This camp introduces beginning piano students to the joys of music in a group setting.

 High School Composition Workshop "Music for the Movies"

July 21 –July 23 for ages 14-18, Are you interested in composing for the movies?  This special three-day workshop that allows young composers to try their hand at creating musical scores for soundtracks, combining expertise of acclaimed pianist/composer Deborah Schmit-Lobis and young movie composer Taylor Hallman with the inspiration of the Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua. 

Jazz Voice Studies 

July 24 - July 28, 3-4:30 pm for ages 12-18,Learn the skills needed to approach jazz standards with confidence and make them your own!

Found Sound 

July 24-28 (ages 5-9) from 1pm-2:30pm  There is music all around us!  Learn how to create your own instruments from everyday objects you find at home and use them to make your own musical compositions. 

Beatles for Guitar (Intermediate) 

July 24-28 (ages 12-17) from 10:30am-12pm; Improve your guitar playing and have a lot of fun using the extensive repertoire of The Beatles!
For details and registration visit All events at at the Center for Musical Arts (200 E. Baseline Rd., Lafayette)

clay fish

WOW! Summer Art & Maker Classes

Make a Clay Fish -

July 11;  3:00pm; K-3rd Grade. Learn how to make an easy salt dough clay. Then sculpt that clay into a fish, harden the creation, and paint your creature before you take it home! 

Create a Self Portrait -

July 18;  3:00pm; K-3rd Grade. We look at ourselves in the mirror every day, but drawing a self-portrait can still be tricky! Study the proportions of the face, 
then learn to draw and paint a self-portrait. We will use a variety of pigments, including wet paint, so please dress for mess!

Watercolor Painting -

July 25; 3:00pm; Ages: 3-8 years (ages 3-5 years must be with a guardian)
Discover the magic of watercolors! Explore the transparency and glow of this medium, experiment by adding others, and create your own work of art.

Pirate Ship Makers -

August 1; 10:00am; Ages: 3-8 years old (ages 3-5 years old must be with a guardian). Ahoy all ye pirates and little makers! Find out what happens when buccaneers use duct tape. Build your very own pirate ship and test its seaworthiness.
Advanced registration is required for all classes! 
Register online -

senior services

Call For Artists - 50 + 

Calling Lafayette and other local artists 50+ years old
Share your talent in the Lafayette Senior Center Art Show September 8 – 22, 2017 
103 S. Iowa Ave (corner of East Simpson in Old Town)  303-661-1492
Register and submit up to 5 pieces September 5-7, 9 AM – 4 PM 
Exhibit is open Monday – Friday September 11 – 15 and September 18-22
Accepted Media – Original Works Only
•    Oils & Acrylics: Original oil and/or acrylic paintings
•    Water Media: Original watercolors, gouache, and acrylics
•    Photography: Original photographs, not computer art
•    Drawing/Printmaking: Original works using charcoal, pencil, pen, and ink or related materials and combinations

Art and Ancestry Project 

Local artist and teacher, Lisa Michot, is coordinating this fun project! We will photo copy your photos, stories, and memories to share as a piece of our collaborative art piece: a family history collage quilt. Please bring up to three memories that we will copy and add to the collage by July 14 
In July and August we will assemble the mylar quilt/collage to display at the Senior Center during our September Senior Art Showcase.


Call for Artists - all ages

City of Lafayette Volunteer Committee is sponsoring a poster contest with the winner to receive $150 prize at the September Art Night Out. We would like to invite artists of all ages and types to submit artwork that will be digitally reproduced to be a poster that the Committee will distribute to all of the City’s volunteers.   The theme is a quote from the plaque at our City Park; “Time Is the most valuable thing that man could give”
Please visit our website for more information.


Art on the Street

The 2017 Art on the Street sculptures line Public Road in Old Town Lafayette. Take a stroll or view the website to enjoy the sculptures.

The Deluxe Spray-It Fire Rocketship

Artist Jimmy Descant
Salida, Colorado
Location: WOW! Children's Museum
110 N. Harrison Avenue; Lafayette
Materials: Found object, Assemblage sculpture
Price: $7,500

 Artist Statement: A rocketship depicts futurism and the ascent of Man's mind, as well as what he can do with his hands. This project is one of my large scale sculptures to cast that "WOW" factor immediately for the viewer.
Then... the discussion between people as to the effects and affects of such a piece in the realm of what WAS to be the future and what actually IS, and will be. 
My rocketships neither contain or depict any form of guns, bullets, or bombs; they are for the peaceful exploration of time, space, ideas, and cultures. Recycling is a major key, and the finding of the raw materials is a large share of the end result, of which I am a professional in acquiring the vintage and beautiful in out of the way places.
There is no end in America to reusable quality made pieces from the Golden Age of American manufacturing and the inspiration I get from them to create my stylized vision.
I am the Rocketman, and a Severe ReConstructivist! seeking the cool of that inspiration, as well as the message, creating in Salida, CO. and taking it to the world!

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

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