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Downtown Boulder Foundation


Who We Are

The Downtown Boulder Foundation (DBF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in 2017 to support the civic and cultural strength of Downtown Boulder. DBF's mission is to produce and support diverse and impactful experiences creating community engagement. The foundation provides funding and assistance facilitating public art, historic preservation projects and community events.  DBP staff and volunteers produce over two dozen annual events focused on arts, culture, family entertainment and supporting local business.  In addition, the foundation supports other community events that enhance downtown including the Boulder International Film Festival, University of Colorado Pearl Street Stampedes and the Adventure Film Festival.

Community Advisory Board

DBF has assembled a cohort of community members who will collectively advise and collaborate on programs and policies that support and enhance stronger connections to, participation in, and pride for downtown Boulder among residents. The 11-member Community Advisory Board will serve a one-year term, beginning in January of 2021.  

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Community Events

The Downtown Boulder Foundation produces 11 signature community events: Taste of PearlTulip Fairy & Elf FestivalBands on the BricksPearl Street Arts FestBoulder Craft Beer FestivalFall FestMunchkin Masquerade, and Light up the Holidays which includes Switch on the Holidays, St. Nick on the Bricks, Lights of December Parade and Freezie Fest. These events are all produced with community engagement in mind. 

Public Art

The Downtown Boulder Foundation is a proud supporter of local art as part of an ongoing commitment to enhance the downtown district landscape for locals and visitors alike.  In 2020, DBF facilitated the donation of Bear Hugs on the Pearl Street Mall to the City of Boulder.  DBF's Boulder Alley Gallery initiative re-purposes alley and back-of-building doors into works of art featuring the talents of local artists.

2021 DBF Board of Directors

Bob Yates - Boulder City Council

Vice Chair
Jennah Lagomarsino - Capital One Cafe

Burton McKenzie - BOK Financial

2021 Board Members
Jane Brautigam
Caren Cohen
Michael Bruns - Shoe Fly
Kristine Edwards - Attention Homes
Paul Eklund - P.N. Eklund Interests, Inc.
George Karakehian - Art Source International
Emilie Kintner - Amp Robotics
Fern O'Brien 
Richard Polk - Pedestrian Shops 
Jake Puzio
Tara Winer
Molly Winter

Ex Officio
Chip - Downtown Boulder Partnership
Katie Olson, DBP Board Chair - Art Source International

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