Residences in Artistry
The Residences in Artistry program aims to create space for exploration, taking creative risks and celebrating imagination by offering opportunities for regional, national and international artists to collaborate and build programming that is inclusive, accessible and uplifts stories from diverse cultures.
Guest Artists in Residence
With so much creative talent and so many stories to tell, the Guest Artist in Residence (GAIR) program brings artists and creators to Broomfield from beyond state lines. Celebrating and elevating diverse stories, these national and international artists bring culture, perspective and awareness to Broomfield schools, organizations and communities through their dynamic work.
This program works in tandem with the Creative Network.
Upcoming / Current Artists in Residence
Alcoléa & Cie's Right in the Eye
Come enjoy a performance from Broomfield's 2024 Residence in Artistry, Alcoléa & cie. “Right in the Eye” is an immersive concert/cinematic experience comprised of twelve short films by Georges Méliès, a master of early cinema and a wizard of special effects. Many are familiar with his dazzling and pioneering film work from the hit 2011 Martin Scorsese movie “Hugo”. On stage, during the screening, the Alcoléa et Cie Ensemble trio of musicians plays some fifty different instruments, including rare, unique, and hand-built ones. Acclaimed French composer and musician Jean-François Alcoléa has written the original score, which unfolds in perfect symbiosis with the creative genius of Méliès. Poetic, playful, and filled with surprise and delight, Right in the Eye is a great show for children, adults, and everyone in between who loves the sweet madness of early cinema and exciting contemporary music. Following successful runs and 500 performances in Europe and in North America, the French artist and composer Jean-François Alcoléa continues its epic journey all over the world.
Creative Images in Early Cinema Interactive Workshop for Families with Alcoléa & Cie
Broomfield Library, Eisenhower Room
3 Community Park Road
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m., registration recommended, limited space available
Saturday, March 9, 11:30 a.m., registration recommended, limited space available
Bring the whole family to this interactive workshop, which will explore works from early cinema pioneer Georges Méliès and the continued influence of the “father of special effects” on film today. Alongside the movie-concert “Right in the Eye”, these workshops offer an introduction to the movie-concert, the early days of cinema and the moving image until the advent of the cinematograph. It also looks at the discovery of Méliès’ works including viewing of short films by the Lumière brothers and by Méliès, and explanations of special effects and visual tricks. Throughout this workshop, we will also discover how the graphic of Méliès is used nowadays, as a legacy and a reference as well, by contemporary artists, in music and cinema.
Previous Artist in Residency
In 2023, the Arts and History division of the City and County of Broomfield commissioned LITVAKdance to create a contemporary dance performance aligning with performance vision for “Our Man-Made Waterways” exploring themes of movement, water, relationship to the land and within ourselves. Local dance company, Wild Heart Dance was showcased as well with a performance that was intricately woven around themes of water.
LITVAKDance began its Residency program by hosting a workshop for seniors at the Broomfield Community Center. Attendees got the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the performance and got to participate in breathing and dancing exercises.
On their second day in Broomfield, LITVAKDance visited Emerald Elementary fourth-grade students and taught them dancing exercises and how to create movement in a special workshop. Dancers from LITVAKDance created an interactive space where each student and their teachers got to create their own dance moves imitating the movement of water.
LITVAKDance wrapped up their Residency with their newly commissioned dance performance and film at the Broomfield Auditorium. The program started with a special video produced by the City and County Water Department, exploring the history of Broomfield's water sources and the meticulous process of delivering clean water to residents. Following this, the audience was treated to a special dance video by LITVAKDance, filmed within the old Broomfield Wastewater Treatment facility, followed by their live dance performance. The event came to a delightful close with a performance by the local dance company, Wild Heart Dance.
For this Artist in Residency program, the Arts and History team partnered with the Broomfield Water Facilities department to host very popular public tours through Broomfield’s most state-of-the-art facilities, the Water Treatment Facilities (4395 W 144th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80023). These interactive tours were free and allowed people to get a behind the scenes look at the amazing water treatment plant and see how the dedicated staff provide safe, clean water to our community!
The Arts and History team also collaborated with Broomfield's Open Space and Trails department and Water team to delve into the intriguing history of water in Broomfield. Through a guided walking tour, participants had the chance to inquire about and gain insights into Broomfield's water history. The tour provided a unique perspective by incorporating historical context from Broomfield's Open Space and Trails department, as well as knowledge from the Water treatment and management team.
This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Arts Projects grant program, the Rose Community Foundation and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
In partnership with the Broomfield Library, Arts, History and Cultural Council and Denver Botanic Gardens, Creative Broomfield brought in Broomfield's first Art in Public Places Artist in Residency. The Alebrijes Iluminados exhibit displayed three magnificent Alebrijes puppets from Mexico for members of the community to enjoy at the Broomfield Library.
To kick off the month-long exhibit, there were two workshops at Broomfield schools and a public workshop at the Broomfield Library Eisenhower room on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Children and adults got the opportunity to hear from the Alebrije artists and create their own mini versions of the Alebrijes.
On Sunday, March 5, 2023, the illuminated puppet pieces came alive as the puppets were showcased for a free dance performance to start the One Book Jr event at the Broomfield Auditorium.
The project was intended to highlight the beauty and fantasy of the Alebrijes, as well as celebrate Hispanic Culture. The Alebrije is one of the many manifestations of popular Mexican art. Alebrijes are fantastical figures that are a hybrid of various animals, whether real or imaginary and are characterized by their vibrant colors and elaborate details. Alebrijes Iluminados are inspired by the traditional cardboard Alebrije and are a modern way of presenting them, constructed from recycled materials, decorated in brilliant colors, and illuminated from within by LED lights. These sculptures were made by Mexican artists Rubén Mica and Óscar Becerra.
Quarteto Nuevo - May 2022
The 2022 Guest Residence in Artistry group was Quarteto Nuevo. Quarteto Nuevo is a jazz ensemble that melds the music of ancient worlds and faraway places with a contemporary groove that enchants audiences of all ages!
Quarteto Nuevo started their Residence in Artistry by working with music students from Academy of Charter School and Intermezzo Broomfield Youth Symphony. Students were taught tips and techniques to improve their musical skills and worked interactively with the band to learn pieces that they would perform alongside Quarteto Nuevo during their public concert at the Broomfield Auditorium.
Quarteto Nuevo also recorded a music video at various Broomfield locations of their rendition of “Blue Columbines”, a music piece written in Broomfield and found in the Broomfield History Collections. Blue Columbines was written by Mary Lake Ross in 1939.
On their third and final day, Quarteto Nuevo performed for seniors at the Broomfield Community Center Senior Services Luncheon and wrapped up their residence in artistry with a concert performance at the Broomfield Auditorium. They performed with students from both Academy of Charter School and Intermezzo Academy of Music.
Jarabe Mexicano - November 2021
Creative Broomfield launched the Residence in Artistry program in November 2021. Jarabe Mexicano was Broomfield's first Residence in Artistry. As a part of the Residence in Artistry program, Jarabe Mexicano performed multiple mini-concerts and music workshops for students at Centennial Elementary, Westlake Middle school, The Salvation Army After School program, Front Range Community College music students, and seniors at the Broomfield Community Center.
Jarabe Mexicano brings their audience on a joyride through a versatile songbook of Mexican Folk as well as Rock & Roll, Tex-Mex, Latin Rock, and Reggae-Cumbia with the eclectic border spirit of Jarabe Mexicano.
Performing on stringed folk instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s dramatic, harmonized vocals in Spanish and English have gained them the admiration of audiences across the country.