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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Visual Arts

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,

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am both a practicing artist and a high school art educator. My students and I not only enjoy seeing professional artists in their studios, but we also benefit from the Education Links program that brings some of those artists to our classroom to assist with instruction during our projects. Open Studios is absolutely invaluable to my students seeing themselves as emerging artists becoming vital parts of their communities.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Open Studios has helped to transform me from an amateur to a professional artist. I first exhibited in 2001. Since that time Open Studios has been my soul source of public exposure and sales. Each year I receive more kudos and invaluable feedback. Sales during the two weekends and resulting commissions have kept me prosperous and busy. And all this while having fun. I have nothing but praise for Open Studios. It is run with competence and compassion. It nurtures both the artist and the community. It is a source of great joy.