Opportunity to join dynamic team

Operations Manager position available

Deborah Colley, Operations Manager for Carbondale Arts, is leaving her position in August. A job description is listed below. The position will start in July as part time hourly, working along side Deborah. The position will move to 3/4 time in August. Starting salary between $34,000 -$36,000 plus benefits depending on experience. Please send a resume and cover letter to amy@carbondalearts.com. No calls please. Deadline for application is June 4th.


Oversees the logistics in keeping Carbondale Arts & The Launchpad organized and running smoothly. This is a salary position.

Skills Needed

  • Writing, editing, and familiarity with AP Formatting
  • Experience using and managing Google Suite, Excel Spreadsheets, online database or application systems such as NEON, Square, Square Space, Paypal, Eventbrite, Volunteer Spot, etc.
  • Organized, self directed, detail oriented
  • Experience in communications and event logistics

Carbondale Arts Press & Media

  • Writes all media copy for use on social Media, website, & newsletter/eblasts in addition to database event registration, PSA’s & press releases
  • Work with ED to create and implement publicity plan
  • Manage PR relationships and press list
  • Send All PR to media outlets in a timely fashion
  • Posts all PSA’s to community calendars


  • Manage office machines, internet systems, answering machines, credit card machines, etc.
  • Manage supplies needed for office, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. & coordinate with specific programming for addition supplies needed (i.e. Artique, Gallery, Rosybelle Bus)
  • Answer general email & phone inquiries
  • Coordinate payments, bills, receipts, donations with accountant
  • Manages All Google Documents & Calendars for Carbondale Arts, Staff Schedules, Gallery, Rosybelle, and coordinates with Launchpad Calendar accordingly


  • Manage All Accounts & general maintenance
  • Creates & Run Reports
  • Track Donations/Memberships
  • Generate Mailings & Manage Automated Communications
  • Create & Manage All Online Registrations, Applications, & Fees
  • Train Staff on Neon as needed


  • Acquire & Coordinate Volunteers For Big Events (see Mountain Fair & Fashion Show below)
  • Support Kat with small event volunteers (gallery events, mailings, etc)
  • Assist ED in coordinating supplies and implementing overall event plans (ie Set Up, Break Down)
  • Manage tickets, guest lists, and registrations for smaller events such as classes, fundraiser dinners, etc.

Fashion Show

  • Logistics support for ED
  • Coordinate Front of House logistics & supplies
  • Support Box Office Manager
  • Coordinate Supervisors & Volunteers

Mountain Fair

  • Coordinate Supplies & Supply Inventory
  • Primary Volunteer Coordinate & work with supervisor team

The Launchpad

  • Manage cleaning schedule, supplies & facility maintenance
  • Oversee Front Of House Staff online studio reservations, inquiries & rental payments
  • Maintain Skedda Calendar as it interfaces with Carbondale Arts programming & events

Artist Fellowship Grant Winners

For the Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, Ro Mead Community Grant & Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant

Carbondale Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of our new Artist Fellowship Program (AFP), consisting of three artist grant opportunities: The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant, and The Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant. The AFP is for artists and creatives of any genre, who need some funding to assist in artistic or career development or support artwork concepts that can benefit both the artist and community. CA believes that there is great value in fostering creativity and inspiration. These grants help further the mission of Carbondale Arts (building community through art) and the mission of the Carbondale Creative District (nurturing a vibrant Carbondale community through creative industry, collaboration and artistic exploration).

The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship will help further the artistic development of two valley artists, Amanda Ramsay and Kaitlyn Getz. Amanda will use the fellowship to help support the making of a new body of work, which will be shown at a solo show in the valley, February 2019. Kaitlyn works primarily in clay but has started integrating oil painting into her work. This fellowship will allow her to develop more skills in this medium.

The Ro Mead Community Grant, sponsored by Frosty and Carly Merriott, has been awarded to Chris Harrison, Sue Drinker and Sarah Uhl. Harrison will help provide scholarships for his School of Rock Summer Camp. These scholarships are provided to local children who cannot afford to pursue their musical dreams. Drinker will use her grant award to work with four parent/child students from different areas and cultures in the valley. She will teach them photography, which they will use to work toward a common vision and final piece. Artist Sarah Uhl will use her funds to work with local youth on a Kindness Mural. In Sarah’s words,” murals are a powerful tool for social change and a brighter, more connected world.”

The Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant will help two valley artists further their aspirations in their creative fields. One will help artist Lindsay Jones produce a new body of work revolving around the theme of Manifest Destiny. She is applying for a show at The Launchpad in 2019, and will be using this work to apply at other galleries throughout the nation. Trapeze Artist, Jordan Tribble will use his grant to offset some of the startup costs of creating his own troupe. After some time with Cirque Du SoleiI he has come home to take his artistry in a new direction.

2018 Mountain Fair Poster Contest Winner

About Bonnie Barker

Drumroll please! The winner of the 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Poster and T-shirt Contest is Bonnie Barker. Our 2018 theme is “LOVE POLLINATOR.” Bonnie has been entering the t-shirt contest for years, and all that hard work finally paid off! Of her work, Bonnie says: “Art is one of my greatest passions.  It comes very naturally, since I can remember, I have had a pencil or brush in my hand.  It has always been an amazing creative outlet and form of therapy for me.  I have no one medium rather,  I am constantly finding new ways of self expression and meditative practice through all forms of creative art.  I enjoy connecting with nature and gathering its many treasures; incorporating it into my art.  I love using art to connect with people, especially children and youth, it’s such a powerful tool for so many reasons.  My latest and all consuming adventure is learning how to be a good mom to my girls; Arrow 4, and Maple 2…even now as I type this I am shuffling their little feet off the keyboard.  So lately, my art consists of lots of glue, glitter, and crayons. Its the best!”
A little info on Bonnie as a person, artist, professional:
“I grew up in northern Minnesota near the boundary water wilderness where there is a crystal clear lake every 5 miles and wild timber wolf packs. It was powerful and magical place to grow up spending my childhood in the woods camping, swimming, and fishing.  This place left a deep impression on who I am today and generated my strong connection with nature. I was convinced I would grow old there until I moved to Colorado and fell in love with the mountains and the hot springs. I moved to Carbondale when I was 25 in search of my independence, that was 14 years ago. I met the love of my life, became the mother of 2 beautiful girls that are rocking my world and became a stepmother to 2 amazing boys. I am very close to my family so it was not long before my mother, sisters, and brother all moved here and now my nieces and nephews are all being raised here. My roots are deep and I am filled with joy that my family and I call this home!”
What Bonnie loves about Carbondale:
“There are so many reasons I love about Carbondale. There is a rich authenticity to it, with a strong foundation of many generations of ranchers and farmers. Yet, there is a buzz…a new generation of young, passionate farmers, artists, and adventure seekers that give it this hip edge. Its back yard is majestic, wild and untamed; there is a great respect for the land and the water as we all meet on common ground to support a progressive and growing community.  All the while, remembering our roots and staying humble, real, and sustainable. It’s actually quite impressive and amazing to witness and I believe it’s because the people that live here have a strong intention to live happy, full and conscious lives. As a mother I find great peace in watching the youth roam free around town and on the bus system, to see my stepsons grow up untethered and safe, what a simple, beautiful, and profound thing. We are truly so lucky.”
A little known fact about Bonnie:
“Well, I’m an open book but I will say I’m 38 and never felt younger. I am truly happier than I have ever been and with all of life’s challenges, all the ups and downs, I am grateful to feel all of it…to laugh and to cry with my eyes and heart open. I am so grateful to live in this vibrant community surrounded by so much love and support and am so excited for what’s to come…you’ll never find me far from Carbondale!”

Affordable Housing Moves 1 Step Closer

Artspace Preliminary Feasibility Report

The Town of Carbondale invited Artspace, a national nonprofit real estate developer of affordable space for the arts,based in Minneapolis, MN, to conduct a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS). The PFS provides preliminary feedbackabout the feasibility of creating new, sustainably affordable space for the arts, creative, and cultural sector. Artspace originally created the PFS to respond to communities interested in an Artspace-developed affordable artist live/work, mixed-use facility. Over the years, the PFS has evolved into a tool for communities to advance a variety of space-related goals. Artspace uses its 30+ years of knowledge as a practitioner in the field to share findings and recommendations for next steps. The study focuses on six components of community-led development: 1. Project Concept, 2. Arts Market, 3. Local Leadership, 4. Funding & Financing, 5. Potential Sites, 6. Alignment with Broader Community Goals.

The Carbondale Preliminary Feasibility Visit took place December 4-6, 2017. During these three days, Artspace staff met stakeholders, visited current arts assets, toured potential sites, and facilitated a public meeting. Artspace was represented by Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President and Anna Growcott, Director, both from the Consulting and Strategic Partnerships Department. This executive summary of the full Preliminary Feasibility Report contains Artspace’s observations, findings, and recommendations. For greater nuance, detail, citations, and context, please refer to the full report.

Artist Exhibition Opportunities

Applications for shows now available!

Artists! Several applications are available NOW for upcoming exhibition opportunities. Don’t miss out! Learn more about each of these exciting opportunities under the R2 Gallery tab at the top of the page (then see Artist Resources or Upcoming Exhibitions).

Applications for “Narrative Threads”, a juried traveling book art show in the R2 Gallery this May 4-25, curated by Alicia Bailey of Denver-based Abecedarian Artists Books (due March 5, 2018): http://www.abecedariangallery.com/assets/content_files/opportunities/Narrative%20Threads%20prospectus.html

Applications for “Tiny Art Show”, an exhibition open to artists of nearly any medium, juried by printmaker & engraver Johanna Mueller of Fort Collins-based FeverishArt (due April 16, 2018): https://carbondalearts.z2systems.com/np/clients/carbondalearts/event.jsp?event=431&

Proposals for exhibitions in the R2 Gallery calendar for 2019 (due May 1, 2018): http://www.carbondalearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Carbondale-Arts_2019_Exhibition-Proposal-fillable.pdf

Send questions to our Gallery Manager at brian@carbondalearts.com, or call 970-963-1680.

Mountain Fair Art Vendor Applications are Available

Applications due March 2

To be selected as an Art Vendor at Mountain Fair, you must meet the following eligibility requirements. Any artist or craft person exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art. (Not manufactured, not imported.) Any community service, civic, or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging include quality and uniqueness of items. For more information, please e-mail Alta Otto at alta@carbondalearts.com or call 970-379-5403.

Rio Grande ARTway Update

2 new parks forging ahead!

You will start seeing more changes on the ARTway this fall. Designs are complete for DeRail Park at Hwy. 133 and the trail and the Latino Folk Art Garden at 8th and the Rio Grande. RFTA has graded DeRail and some clean-up and Planting Days are in the works in late September and early October. The Carbondale Rotary Clubs are leading the charge for DeRail Park. We are in great need of plants and trees. Please contact amy@carbondalearts if you are interested in helping with either of these parks. A big thanks goes out to Bailey Haines and DHM Architects, Vanessa Gilbert and Brett Meredith for all the work on the design and plant palettes. The Rio Grande ARTway is a project of the Carbondale Creative District. Stay connected to this project at carbondalecreativedistrict.com.

Sign Up for Creative District Inventory

with the Carbondale Creative District

The Carbondale Creative Industry Inventory provides a listing of your name or business, a photo, location (which automatically populates on our Carbondale map), contact information and a weblink and is accessible from kiosks throughout town for the use of locals and visitors alike. Your listing will be searchable through your creative industry category, as well as through keywords and the listing will include a map with your business location. These kiosks are in collaboration with the Carbondale Business Chamber and Carbondale Tourism.

Carbondale’s Creative Industries are divided into the following categories: 1. Design, Media and Innovation; 2. Visual Arts; 3. Performing Arts; 4. Healing Arts; 5. Culinary Arts; 6. Cultural Heritage which includes local food production, ranching and history

Each category has a color and icon to identify it visually. The icons will be on the signs. The CCD has a 4” sticker of our logo in the color that relates to your industry. We have you listed under Healing Arts and we hope you will display the sticker somewhere in your business to create visual connection and identity.

The CCD is picking up the cost of most of this but is asking our creatives to help get us increased visibility and economy for Carbondale and for you. An individual creative or artist: $25.00 a year for listing and sticker. A Business of two or more: $50.00 a year for listing and sticker. If you cannot pay this cost, but want to be listed we have a number of scholarships available. Your quick response is much appreciated.

Along with the increased CCD marketing efforts, Carbondale will receive increased promotion from the State of Colorado Tourism Council and the Colorado Creative Industries. Carbondale is poised to receive our official state certification as a district this summer. To sign up for a listing or more information, please email Amy at amy@carbondalearts.com or call her at 970.963.1680