Posted on September 24, 2014
If you're reading this blog, then you probably have a special place in your heart for Boulder. If you love Boulder, then you would probably like to see it be made even more awesome (even though we all know it is pretty awesome already).
That's where Awesome Foundation Boulder comes in to play. Awesome Boulder funds projects that make Boulder more awesome by making it an even happier and cooler place to live. Each month, Awesome Boulder's trustees give $1,000 to a project that they select from their pool of applicants.
The best thing about Awesome Boulder grants? -- Anyone can apply!
Awesome Boulder has been going on for 31 months, which means $31,000 for 31 different, awesome, local projects. It all started with Dean of Trustees Brandon Line, who learned about the Awesome Foundation from an National Public Radio series related to philanthropy, and decided to bring the idea to Boulder.
When I first heard about Awesome Boulder, I had a lot of questions, so I touched base with Brandon to learn more:
Who are the Awesome Boulder trustees?
"Friends, friends of friends, former grant recipients. Really, anyone who wants to hang out with us ;)"
What are you looking for in the projects that you pick (besides Awesomeness)?
"We like projects where we can make a real difference. If it's a big project with a big budget where we won't have a meaningful impact, we tend to shy away. Broadly, we like projects that can be openly experienced by all in our community. We do look at the timeliness... we may favor a more immediate project over a great project that is planned several months out
We especially like truly unique, extraordinary - awesome - projects that are not easily labeled"
Awesome Boulder has funded several projects that took place in the downtown area including a Boulder Startup Week event at BMoCA, the Bridge House Humanity project, and the World is a Gallery project.
What's next for Awesome Boulder?
"The BBQ encapsulates what Awesome Boulder is all about - community - and coming together with friends and family. The highlight of the BBQ is that we always invite the past year's grant recipients to come and talk about their projects."
Currently, Awesome Boulder has two projects in the works (one on the CU Campus and one in North Boulder): Sabes Quien Soy and Art at the Armory 2.0
What's the "catch"?
There are only 3 requirements for your project to be considered -- it must happen in Boulder, be completed within one month, and be awesome. Now let's see what you can do with $1,000!
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Posted on September 15, 2014
There's no doubt about it: Fall is a special time of year, especially in Boulder. The leaves here turn to warm hues of red and orange just before the legendary Boulder winds rip them from their branches, and sun dresses and shorts turn to snuggly sweaters. Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest is really the perfect way to celebrate this majestic changing of the season and I'll tell you why...
1: Fall means cold weather is coming and that means more time spent indoors, a taboo for most Boulderites. Fall Fest is a chance to make inside spaces more welcoming and even naturey-feeling by purchasing beautiful art pieces to adorn those empty walls and shelves. Avoid going stir-crazy by personalizing your indoor space and making it somewhere that you want to hang out.
Credit to Phil Lewis
Many Fall Fest artists are local to Colorado, such as Boulder favorite Phil Lewis. Phil Lewis is known for distinguishable style of art which is especially evident in his piece, "The Flatirons" that adorns the walls of dorm rooms, houses, and businesses throughout the Boulder community.
Credit to Megan Morgan at Strange Bird Designs
Each Fall Fest artist is completely unique, such as Louisville artist and owner of Strange Bird Designs Megan Morgan. Megan is especially focused on a special type of art that that she calls "Coffee Art Print" in which she stretches burlap coffee bags over frames and then draws on them using oil pastels, paint, and stencils.
2: I could spend the entire day talking about all of the amazing art that is going to be available at Fall Fest but that just wouldn't give you a sense of the breadth or depth of this event. The art is incredible but there is so much more to see and do! The Fall Fest Children's Carnival includes all sorts of fun rides and activities for kids to unleash that boundless energy in an outdoor arena.
With an obstacle course, bungee basketball, WoW (walk on water) Bubbles, jousting, and more, I'm almost tempted to kid-out for the day and try some of these attractions myself. And don't miss the Face Painting booth! The unlimited ride wrist band available on Friday night for $15 (excludes WoW Bubbles) is a good way to fend off the onset of cabin fever during the cold months by letting the young ones go crazy.
3: There's going to be plenty of music at Fall Fest, from acoustic rock to reggae, and plenty to drink! Let's face it, Boulderites are a thirsty crowd and we love our live music. Kicking back a Rio margarita or a beer from Avery while listening to funky new tunes from a Colorado artist is the best way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
The Fall Fest music lineup has something for everyone, which is what makes it so perfect for the eclectic tastes of Boulder music lovers. From Lesley and the Flying Foxes (pictured above) for the little ones enjoyment to 12 piece Colorado funk sensation, Funkiphino, there truly is no limit to the variety of music (and art) at Fall Fest.
4: Get out and get social with the entire Boulder community! I've said it once and I'll say it again- the community here in Boulder is something special, and that's because of all of the incredible people that make it up. Fall Fest is your one stop for art, music, and especially mingling with members of the community that we are all a part of.
For Buffs fans, don't miss the Pearl Street Stampede (aka pep rally) on Friday at 7 pm. It will start on the 1300 block and head West.
Related Tag: Boulder
Posted on August 13, 2014
Boulder has one of the fastest growing craft brewery scenes in the nation. People here love making beer and even more of us love drinking it. To me, the beer scene in Boulder is all about shared passion. The breweries and beer drinkers form an enormous community with one very important thing in common: their love for beer. The awesome thing about the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival is that it is a chance for the entire community of Boulder beer lovers to come together in one place. All 20 of the breweries participating in the festival are based in Boulder County- and that's saying something!
There are so many things about the Boulder Craft Beer Festival to be excited about that I don't even know where to start! Here's a few of the many things I'm looking forward to:
Don't forget to buy your tickets in advance and save some dough ($30 in advance/$35 day of)! I wouldn't want any beer fans to miss this first-of-its-kind event.
I hope you are as excited as I am for August 23! Cheers and enjoy the beer!
Related Tag: Festivals
Posted on August 7, 2014
I am so sad to say that my marvelous internship with Downtown Boulder is coming to an end. I can't imagine a better way to spend my summer than exploring Pearl Street, eating gelato, people watching, and getting to know the wonderful businesses downtown. Here is a list of some of my favorite memories of the summer and also some things that I have learned.
Well that was quite the list. Now that I've totally put you to sleep with that, it is time to say goodbye.
This summer would not have been so great if not for my wonderful "bossfriend" Natalie, who kept me laughing all summer long. From happy hours to walking barefoot in the mud to dance parties while stuffing envelopes to get the perfect photograph to stuffing our faces for lunch, I couldn't have asked for a better mentor! Natalie is off to work for American Girl in Chicago (another reason to celebrate and eat food) and we at DBI are so sad to see her go. Natalie and I are both leaving an amazing experience at Downtown Boulder, but ready to take on our futures with the knowledge that we acquired here.
I had the summer of a lifetime here at DBI and couldn't have asked for more. With all of these fantastic new experiences and insights, I am so ready for my senior year.
Sammie (the intern)
P.S. If you are interested in having the internship of your dreams, DBI is looking for a fall intern! Check it out. You won't regret it!
Posted on August 1, 2014
Who doesn't love a sale? If you want to shop till you drop, come to Downtown Boulder to catch these sizzling deals!
Snag these cute shoes down in West End of Pearl Street.
Stop by American Apparel for some great clothes, cookies and lemonade.
It's a beautiful day to come out and enjoy the sunshine. Don't miss out!
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