BCC’s ethos is to create, connect, exchange, collect — what’s a real-life illustration of these principles coming to life?
Our vision has been clear from the start … support the artists who are creating and let them do what they do best — making art. In addition to giving the artists the space (mentally, physically, emotionally) to create, The BCC steps in to find ways for their artwork to be seen by exhibiting and sharing their work with others. People become familiar with the artists, and then hopefully, they continue to follow their creative evolution.
Our collaboration with Wagner Skis took the “functional art” to the next level. Wagner skis are works of art to begin with, and by adding “real” artwork to the top sheet, both needs are met: winter essential and unique artwork — it’s a win-win for all.
Another way we’ve honored our mission has been observing the journey of our dear friend Ellie Swensson, who just had her first book published, Salt of Us. Ellie was a tenant in the Warehouse for a year and a half. She was dedicated to making her dream come true — creating a space for the creative word and love and acceptance. Like many determined artists, Ellie was willing to sacrifice time and money to get her message out there. As things go, Ellie moved on, but her thematic writing got better with time as she began processing and reflecting on her journey. Going full circle, we hosted Ellie’s book release on November 7 by sponsoring her event in The BCC Warehouse.
What’s inspiring you in the community right now?
Boulder’s art scene is building momentum with creatives and the public’s support. Leah Brenner, a veteran in the Boulder art community, launched Streetwise Boulder earlier this month. Many of the city’s buildings and alleys have been updated with fresh, new and bold murals by artists who have something to talk about.
What’s your version of “creative” beyond the dictionary definition?
Censorship and art are two things that don’t belong together. Support freedom of expression!
Finish this quote: In art, … we can find ourselves.
You often hear, there are no mistakes in art. Describe an instance where you “failed forward” when it comes to running BCC.
In the beginning, we thought everyone respected and craved art, but we’ve learned that art is taken for granted. If people aren’t purchasing artwork and supporting local artists, how can we better serve the community? By becoming a nonprofit, we’ve been able to fundraise to support and continue the programming that is necessary for the cultural experience. We’ve tried the traditional route in the white wall environment, but it wasn’t enough. With the lack of contemporary gallery spaces, we created the ALT.ART program is a partnership with local businesses that provide wall space to exhibit local artists. This is another solution to bridge that gap between viewer and artist.
Reading: Conversations with Artists by Heidi Zuckerman/Listening: Skimm’d from the Couch/Watching: Schitt’s Creek, also, The Price of Everything
What are you most excited about for the future of BCC?
Gifting the artist in residence to the deserving artists and seeing how far it will go.