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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 is currently seeking to engage a cohort of community members to collectively advise and collaborate on programs and policies that support and enhance stronger connections to, participation in, and pride for Downtown Boulder among local Boulder area residents. 

In order to most effectively and broadly understand and serve the changing needs of Boulder residents and those of our surrounding communities, the DBF is soliciting community members to serve on a facilitated community advisory board. 

The application deadline for the 2021 cohort has passed.

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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.

2020 DBF Board of Directors

Fern O'Brien - O'Brien Law P.C.

Vice Chair
Bob Yates - Boulder City Council

Burton McKenzie - BOK Financial

Ex Officio
Chip - Downtown Boulder Partnership
Alan Rogers - 1155 Canyon Condo Association

2020 Board Members
Michael Bruns - Shoe Fly
Paul Eklund - P.N. Eklund Interests, Inc.
Richard Foy - Richard A Foy Design
Chuck Hunker - Greener Pastures, LLC
George Karakehian - Art Source International
Emilie Kintner - Galvanize-Boulder
Isabel McDevitt - Bridge House
Pat O'Brien - Independent Financial
Tim O'Shea - Engage Colorado
Richard Polk - Pedestrian Shops 
Jake Puzio
Jennah Lagomarsino - Capital One Cafe

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