Expansion Updates


January 29, 2018 - Site visits to other studio art facilities have begun!

The architectural working group has started visiting other studios to see what we can learn from their design. The first stop was CU Boulder's Art Building, which houses print, metal, wood, and ceramics all in the same building. We gathered photos, video, and tons of notes about what to do (and what *not* to do!) in our new building at Diagonal Crossing. The faculty and staff was very generous in showing us their space and answering our questions. The working group will apply what we learned to our upcoming concept design process. Stay tuned for more photos and updates as we move forward!


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November 8, 2017 - Boulder passes 2M & 2N by wide margins!

We are thrilled to announce that Boulder voters overwhelmingly approved ballot measures 2M & 2N last night, bringing $1.75 Million in matching funds to Studio Arts Boulder for our expansion project!

Ballot issue 2M extended the Community, Culture, and Safety tax for another four years and was passed with over 81% of the vote - a huge percentage even for a tax renewal! Ballot issue 2N provides the City with bonding authority so matching funds can be distributed sooner. Together these measures will funnel $42 Million of tax revenue into 13 capital improvement projects, including ours!

Passage of the tax extension means we have 65% of the funding for our $5 Million project secured - $1.5 Million from the land donation and $1.75 Million in matching funds! A capital campaign to raise the remaining funds will get underway in 2018.

To find out more about this exciting news, read the Daily Camera article HERE. Detailed information about all the projects funded by the tax is on the City of Boulder website HERE. To read more about our plans, visit the Expansion Overview page.

October 16, 2017 - Mail-in Ballots sent to Boulder Voters

Be sure to watch your mailbox for your official election 2017 ballot. Voting YES on 2M & 2N will help shore up needed SAFETY services, enhance Boulder’s CULTURAL amenities, and broaden the reach of COMMUNITY facilities by investing in capital improvement projects that benefit a broad cross-section of the community.

Funds from 2M will help:

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- Accelerate emergency response by moving Fire Station #3 out of the floodplain and upgrading police  radio communication systems
- Improve flood safety, emergency access and bike and pedestrian safety near Crest View Elementary by replacing aging bridges and improving Fourmile Canyon Creek greenway connections

- Increase access to healthy food in our community by moving Meals on Wheels of Boulder to a larger new facility and adding education and outreach capacity with a new Pollinator Pavilion for Growing Gardens
- Make biking more broadly accessible with a new Community Cycles center at Boulder Junction
- Expand recycling & reuse at the Center for ReSource Conservation
- Create a better place for all to play and exercise with a new and improved Scott Carpenter pool and recreation facilities

-Ensure an informed and engaged public through a complete North Boulder Library Branch and expansion of KGNU community radio facilities
- Keep Boulder vibrant and interesting with investments in public art and improvements at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
- Create a Studio Arts education center that is affordable and open to all members of the community

 2M does not increase taxes, it simply extends a small portion of the existing sales tax to make much-needed investments in our community. In 2014, voters approved a three-year tax of three cents on a ten dollar purchase for capital investments in community, culture and safety projects. The revenue funded improvements to University Hill, Chautauqua, the Dairy Arts Center, the Museum of Boulder and the Civic Center that have amplified Boulder’s cultural vibrancy, improved our quality of life, and enhanced economic vitality. 2M extends this small tax through 2021 to fund capital investments in safety services, cultural amenities and community facilities.

 2M is a wise investment in our community. A twelve-person citizen advisory committee and Boulder City Council vetted the project package in an open public process. The city has a proven track record of delivering on its voter-approved capital improvement projects and the non-profit organizations receiving assistance must raise matching funds and meet rigorous criteria before funds will be released. Let’s build on the successful momentum of Boulder’s Community, Culture and Safety tax. Together we can help preserve and protect the community we love! Please vote YES on 2M.

2N will help the community save money by completing capital improvement projects faster. With construction costs rapidly increasing, the 2N bonding authority will help provide flexibility to achieve cost savings by starting Community, Culture and Safety capital projects sooner.  The bonding authority will be used to allow shovel ready capital projects to begin construction while tax revenue from 2M accrues. The city will repay any debt accumulated with tax revenue collected from 2M over its four year term.

September 26, 2017 - Kari Palazzari hired as Executive Director

Studio Arts Boulder is pleased to announce that Kari Palazzari will be taking the position of Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Directors. Palazzari will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion, and administration of the organization, which currently operates the Boulder Pottery Lab on University Hill through a contract with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. Palazzari has served the organization as Board Treasurer for nearly two years, helping transition the Pottery Lab from a city-run program to an independent non-profit organization.

“Having worked closely with Kari for the last couple of years, my respect for her intellect, abilities, dedication, and energy have only grown,” said Robert Crifasi, Board President. Studio Arts Boulder has secured a plot of land in the new Diagonal Crossing development where it plans to build a second community art education facility to augment services provided at the Pottery Lab. “I firmly believe that our organization will be in able hands with Kari in the role of Executive Director.”

“I am honored and excited to continue serving Studio Arts Boulder in this new role as we embark on this expansion,” said Palazzari. “We have a talented and dedicated staff, which I am proud to join. The community at the Pottery Lab is also passionate and active. It is truly a privilege to be part of this vibrant historic Boulder institution.”

Palazzari’s professional background is in non-profit management and leadership consulting. She's helped launch both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2006, Palazzari earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. Earlier in her career she provided marketing communications and project management services to for-profit and non-profit organizations.


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