Community Partners & Outreach Programs


Youth Services Initiative

Youth Services Initiative (YSI) is a community-based after school and summer program for youth living in low-income housing. Each year, YSI serves about 150 young people whose circumstances would otherwise prevent them from experiencing many of the recreational and educational activities and options their peers enjoy. YSI exposes underserved community members to art, good nutrition, the benefits of academic achievement and higher education, a healthy culture and support system.

During the school year, afternoons include a structured, supportive environment for recreation activities, both at housing sites and recreational facilities. YSI broadens local youth’s horizons, creating community bonds and civic-minded young people who rapidly become contributing adults. YSI also empowers Boulder’s youth to grow and pursue an engaging career path.

YSI and Studio Arts Boulder partner to offer weekly classes in hand-building at the Pottery Lab for YSI youth members.

Friday Afternoon Class (FAC)

The FAC program helps people with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) and other similar neurological conditions. The class provides therapeutic and social benefits to each student that promotes healing, personal growth, improved self-esteem, and friendships in a supportive and safe environment. FAC allows participants to enjoy success and rebuild confidence with others who share their MTBI experience. The weekly class maintains a low teacher-student ratio to engage each participant at their ability level. The adults are all at different stages of recovery - some students are able to throw at the wheel, while others are in the process of improving their fine motor skills. The 2.5 hour classes include both a hand-building and wheel-throwing lesson. The class is not just about art, as it has become a space for building community and support. Many of the students are grappling with their injuries and abilities, and it is a place for them to come together and discuss their challenges and growth. Participants report improvements in their recovery as a result of their participation.

Attention Homes

Attention Homes provides youth and young adults (ages 12 - 24) shelter, community-based living, and everything they need to live stable lives.

Studio Art Boulder partners with Attention Homes to provide ceramics classes for their Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program as well as their residential program at Chase House. The RHY program provides street outreach, day drop-in and overnight emergency shelter services to homeless youth. The RES program is a state licensed Residential Child Care Facility for at-risk youth, ages 12-18, placed through social services departments as a result of family disruption. The Studio Arts Boulder classes are taught at Attention Homes’ RHY facility (The Source) and RES. Instruction focuses on hand-building.

Attention Homes’ goals are to create a safe environment for youth to:

  • Build behavioral, emotional and career-related pathways for success

  • Reunite with their families, and

  • Become self-sufficient.

The "I Have a Dream" Foundation

In the affluent Boulder County community, there are “invisible,” impoverished communities whose young people face tremendous obstacles to academic and life success. The “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County is dedicated to helping these low-income youth achieve a brighter future through a long-term, comprehensive educational and cultural enrichment program. The ultimate goal of “I Have a Dream” is to provide the youth it serves with the necessary support and trusting relationships they need to close the achievement gap with their more affluent peers and complete high school prepared for higher education and a fulfilling career. As a unique incentive, the program offers each Dreamer a four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school upon successful completion of high school.

Currently, "I Have a Dream" actively works with 754 Dreamers. Studio Arts Boulder currently works with the Elk Class, the Oak Class, and the La Vista Class of the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, providing both wheel classes at the Pottery Lab and hand-building programs in community centers and schools.

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Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. SPAN began providing services in 1979 and is crucial to the network of support that offers critical “safety net” services to vulnerable, low-income and at-risk populations. It is the only organization serving Boulder, western Broomfield, smaller towns and unincorporated Boulder County designed to provide shelter and advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence at a time when our community is experiencing higher domestic violence rates than national and state averages.

Studio Arts Boulder offers regular hand-building classes for the children and adults that SPAN serves.


Rocky Mountain Pathfinders

Rocky Mountain Pathfinders serves members of our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RMP is a person-centered provider focused on offering supported employment services, day habilitation, community living services, and support for families.

Studio Arts Boulder offers classes with Rocky Mountain Pathfinders every other Monday at the Pottery Lab. These classes are focused in hand-building and students create unique works of art while learning new skills in clay.


Boulder Art Therapy Collective

Grounded in the principles of Collective Wisdom, where the vision to live and function in the world in harmony and interconnectedness with all beings, the Boulder Art Therapy Collective aims to provide an environment that inspires people to freely share and make art together in community through a variety of art-based workshops, open studios and clinical trainings.  Group and Individual art therapy services and counseling are offered on a sliding scale to serve a variety of community members.

BATC offers a variety of workshops, trainings, open studios and individual and group art therapy designed for anyone seeking to get closer to their own creativity. With five competent and trained art therapists on staff at the Collective we are able to offer to the community a full range of art therapy services and at affordable costs.


Boulder Housing Partners

Boulder Housing Partner’s mission is to provide quality, affordable housing, inspire vibrant communities, and create the opportunity for change in people’s lives.  They envision a diverse, inclusive and sustainable Boulder as a result of their efforts.

Studio Arts Boulder currently offers classes for older adults at four different BHP sites: Canyon Point, High Mar, Walnut Place and Northport.