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.

2023 Guest Artist in Residence

Alebrijes Iluminados exhibit, workshop, and performance

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The City and County of Broomfield in partnership with the Broomfield Library, Arts, History and Cultural Council and Denver Botanic Gardens is happy to announce Creative Broomfield’s upcoming exhibit, Alebrijes Iluminados. Starting March 1, 2023, there will be on display three magnificent Alebrijes puppets from Mexico for members of the community to enjoy at the Broomfield Library until March 31, 2023. 

To kick off the month-long exhibit, there will be two workshops at Broomfield schools, these events are private events. There will be a public workshop at the Broomfield Library Eisenhower room on Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and adults will get the opportunity to hear from the Alebrije artists and create their own mini versions of the Alebrijes. Limited space and supplies are available. This event is free. 

Then on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 2 p.m. the illuminated puppet pieces come alive! These puppets will be showcased for a free dance performance to start the One Book Jr event at the Broomfield Auditorium. 

The project is 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.


Eisenhower Room at the Broomfield Library
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 10 a.m. 
Ticket Prices: This event is free, no registration is required, but space is limited.

Kick-off this month-long exhibit by joining Mexican artists Oscar Becerra Mora and Ruben Mica for a morning of Alebrijes. Learn about the history of these "whimsical imaginary figures that are created in accordance with Mexican artistic traditions and centuries of imagination," and then decorate your own to take home!

Arrive early to claim a spot - supplies will be provided for the first 50 people who arrive. This program is for ages 5+; children under 12 must be accompanied by actively engaged parents.

Learn more about these artists and their work here, and see them perform live with giant illuminated marionettes at One Book One Broomfield Junior on Sunday, March 5.


One Book Jr. 
Broomfield Auditorium
Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2 p.m. 
Ticket Prices: Free, Walk-ins

Come experience a One Book event like you’ve never before! This event will start with an amazing interactive Mexican culture and art performance with illuminated Alebrijes puppets. Then listen to this year’s One Book One Broomfield Junior award-winning author/illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales’ book "Dreamers", is a New York Times bestselling picture book biography in which Morales tells her own story of immigrating to the United States and finding sanctuary and salvation at the local public library. Ages 6+ (Ages 12 and under with Adult). Click Here for more information!

Scheduled Program:

DateLocationPerformance TimeInformation 
3/1/2023Broomfield Library
Exhibition installation
3/2/2023Emerald Elementary
8 a.m.Private School workshop 
3/3/2023Westlake Middle School8:30 a.m. Private School workshop 
3/4/2023Broomfield Library Eisenhower Room10 a.m. - noonPublic workshop
3/5/2023Broomfield Auditorium2 p.m. One Book Jr performance and event

This program is supported by the Arts History Cultural Council Arts in Public Places Program and through a partnership with
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Previous Artist in Residency 

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.

This Guest Artist in Residence received support from Colorado Creative Industries, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  1. Megan Gilby    
    Arts and History Manager

    Arts & History Division
    3 Community Park Road
    Broomfield, CO 80020

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