Arts in the Open is a non-profit theater company dedicated to providing quality entertainment for our audiences. In order to accomplish this we rely exclusively on funding from ticket sales, grants, and donations from people just like you. Whether you are an individual looking to help support an arts organization or a company looking to form a mutually beneficial relationship with us, your gift will allow us to produce our season. Here are some things to know about us:
Our mission: Arts in the Open fuses nature with live performance and invites our audience to enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer. Our productions are a healthy option that gets the whole family up and moving. As a Leave No Trace Company, our goal is to educate the public about Colorado trail preservation as well as reach a wide range of audiences and expose them to a variety of theatrical productions.
Who We Reach: On average, we reach over 500 kids per production, that's over 1,000 kids and their families per year! With such a wide range of audiences all over the front range, we can offer a unique opportunity to give your company exposure, while supporting the performing arts, as well as environmental preservation.
What We Need From You: As a non-profit, all our funding comes from donations, ticket sales, and grants. We pride ourselves on being able to compensate our cast and crew for their time and talent. Each performer and crew member is paid as much as we can squeeze out of the budget. Just $150 could fund our Open Space trail permit, and $5,000 could fund over half of our entire season! All donations are tax deductible and your contribution goes towards funding the performing arts as well as environmental preservation right here in Colorado.
What We Can Do For You: As a sponsor, we are willing to work with you and figure out what YOU need. We want to make this as rewarding an experience as possible. Here are a few things that we can offer, but we are always open to new ideas.
$500 – Company recognition on website, all social media sites, season program, and hike leading speech to entire audience
$1,000- All of above plus logo placement on banner displayed at all events
$2,500 – All of the above plus prime banner logo placement and producorial credit on banner
$5,000 – All of the above plus top billing on one production and one private production for your family and friends at location of your choice. We'll come to you!
$10,000 – All of the above plus top billing for entire season and private show at location of your choice for every production
What We Do: Arts in the Open performs at various locations throughout Colorado, primarily at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. We do two productions a year, one summer production and one fall production. Each production usually performs about 20 shows. Our hikes are at a moderate level/pace and last no more than 2 hours. When you first arrive, you will be greeted by your hiking guide who will lead the way down the trail to each scene location. Once you arrive at a scene location, you can sit back and relax and watch a scene from the production. Once the scene is complete, we all gather our things and hike to the next location.
All our productions use minimal props and costumes. Our performers literally use "what nature gives them". We've done fun adaptations of classic fairy tales, Shakespeare, literary classics, you name it!
The Oddest Sea: Greek Gods and Giggles by local playwright Patti Murtha. Odysseus learns the hard way that one shouldn't anger Poseidon. Ten years after the fall of Troy and our hero is still unable to make it home where, unbeknownst to him, his wife is being courted by 108 suitors! Set sail up the trail with us and encounter gods and goddesses, a cyclops, a whirlpool, a sea-witch, and more in this humorous adaptation of the Greek classic by the author of last year's Goldilocks that would please even Zeus himself. Running June & July of 2017 at various locations.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by local playwright Lauren LaCasse. The world's greatest detective was not who people think he was. In fact he was not a he at all. Ms. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joanna Watson must solve the mystery of a generations' old curse that dooms each make in the Baskerville family to be hunted by a demon dog from hell. Can Holmes and Watson discover the truth before the hound claims the life of the final heir to the Baskerville name? Running September & October of 2017 at various locations.
Cost: We do special performances for groups like the Girl Scouts, Littleton Public Schools, Evergreen Rec Center, Boys and Girls Club of Denver, Denver Public Housing, and we are adding more each year! We offer a discounted rate for these special group productions. We have performed for groups upwards of 80 kids!
Where: We perform in Boulder, Westminster, Denver, Evergreen, and the list keeps on growing!
2017 Corporate Sponsors: