Thousands of patrons pass through The Dairy facilities each year, participating in and experiencing classes, workshops, exhibitions, films and dance, music, and theater performances . We actively develop programs and events, many centered on arts education.
Our Resident Organizations place special emphasis on working with young people:
Boulder Ballet Teaches and reaches thousands through performances and outreach at schools, festivals and special events. Partners with Boulder Philharmonic to present “The Nutcracker” each holiday season. Alumni have gone on to dance with ballet companies worldwide. Students perform in the Annual Student Choreographers Showcase, the End of Year Showcase, and Storybook Ballet productions.
CenterStage Theatre Company Entertains and educates youth from 6 to 18 with three to four productions each year. Some 300 children participate in theater productions, camps or the summer choral program. Recent shows included performances of “Anne of Green Gables,” “Les Miserables,” “Camelot” and “Aladdin.”
Imagination Makers Theater Company A professional, adult theater company that performs for children in the Denver-Boulder area. Each year the program reaches 175 to 180 schools and thousands of young people, many of who are low-income and participate in free or reduced lunch programs. Productions explore tough issues such as homelessness and hunger.
Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet Offers a training ground for both young and adult dancers, identifies and nurtures individual strengths and hosts a comprehensive ballet program to students age 3 through 18 and open community classes to adults of all ages and abilities. Offers free performances in schools, donates tickets to at-risk families and underserved communities.
The Parlando School for the Arts Many of Parlando’s more than 600 students receive tuition assistance and teachers provide classes and activities in local schools. Youth concerts entertain at retirement communities. “Broadway in Boulder,” a New York conservatory-style studio teaches vocal instruction and musical theater classes.
Other ways in which The Dairy Center reaches out to the arts community:
Visual Arts Outreach
- The Dairy exhibits the work of more than 80 local, national and international artists in eighteen juried shows each year. Applications are juried by The Dairy’s Visual Art Committee, a volunteer group including business owners, artists and other community members.
- The Dairy donates art gallery space to Boulder Public Schools for its annual public art show.
The Dairy Community Box Office
The box office handles ticket sales for a number of local arts organizations, including The Dairy’s resident organizations, and has ticketed multiple performances at the ATLAS Theater on the CU campus. Tickets are sold in person, by phone and online.