May 24, 2022

Colorado: “Consultant: Boulder Should Reduce Free Arts Events at Library, Move to Paid Rentals”

From the Boulder Daily Camera:

An assessment by a private consultant describes the arts as a potential “economic engine” for Boulder, recommending the city discontinue many free concerts, movies and theater performances at the Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Theater to make room for paid rentals and allow the library to recoup more costs.

Members of the Boulder Library Foundation, whose funds support those performances as an extension of the library’s core mission, say they’re “shocked” at the recommendation.


Commission members were quick to point out that the assessment is simply a list of recommendations — and that they are far from being enacted.

“I don’t want you all to feel that somehow this is set in stone,” Commissioner Anna Salim said. “These are recommendations from a third party, provided to us so we can look at the greater arts and culture of the entire city and try and make some decisions on how to make it better.

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