Mission: 1995 was our first tour and we continue to grow. In 2000, we had 135 artists in 106 different studio locations. Participants design their own tour and can spend as much time as they like with any artists they choose. The event is two consecutive weekends in October. Attendees can visit an exhibit where each artist has a piece on display and can purchase a color Guide which includes a detailed map of studio locations.
Programs: Supplementing the arts education offered at their home schools. Openarts is one of boulder's most significant visual arts organizations. In partnership with downtown boulder inc. , openarts produces the annual open arts fest on the famed pearl street mall featuring over one hundred artists from around the country and drawing 80,000 visitors to the city. Open arts most iconic event, open studios now in its 18th year, showcases boulder local visual arts talent over two fall weekends. Clementine studio is the educational arm of openarts. Clementine is a year round art school for 20 month olds through adults. In the past year, openarts has partnered with boulder housing partners and youth services initiative to bring underserved and at risk youth into the clementine program. Openarts also works in partnership with the boulder valley school district to bring professional artists into the art classroom,
I have participated in the Open Studios fall tour of artists' studios for 14 years. For many people in Boulder it is an important family tradition to visit artist's studios, and many visit their favorite studios every year. As an artist it have given me exposure in the community more than any other event, and sales from it has allowed me to make art full time. It has given people an exposure to and understanding of fine photography, and overall has brought art into many peoples lives.