Dear Members, Supporters and Volunteers,

As you all know this has been one of the most challenging years in our lives for all of us not quite old enough to have lived through the terrible years of World War II.

Charged with promoting the Arts, Culture, Environment and well being of our NoBo neighbors, we all feel a deep sadness we were not able to step up and perform to the level we had planned.  However, we are proud of the way we as a group and a neighborhood stood on the positive side of supporting the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.  (more about that in a later paragraph)

What is most important now is that we acknowledge the great effort of the collective YOU!  Your faith in the board, and your understanding of the challenges we all faced together gives us the energy to push forward into a brighter future in 2021.

To our individual and business members who continued to keep your memberships active by staying current on your dues: THANK YOU.  As a membership organization we are only able to do what we do through your membership dollars.  Yes, we have been fortunate to receive grants from various arts organizations… they are helpful, meaningful and wonderful, but without our members we are no longer a community!

To those of you who volunteered, we never have said thank you enough.  You have helped with digital marketing, carpentry, lighting, electrical, painting, broom pushing, flag raising, flyer distribution, and general staffing… THANK YOU!

To those of you who have supported NoBo, thank you!  We know the work many of you have done behind the scene to speak up for us when it counted, supported us at public meetings, helped us with our perception in government, neighborhood and beyond.  Also, we thank those who have supported NoBo with generous financial donations, and a special thanks to Emerald Management and Thistle Communities for making the NoBo Art Center and the Gallery at The Bus Stop Apartments a reality!

NoBo is now over ten years old, and the momentum of the NoBo Arts scene was hitting the point of exponential recognition when we, along with the world, were forced to hit the pause button on our major activities.  Just as the First Friday event was gaining steam, and the weather was permitting our outside activities, we were all asked to stay SAFER AT HOME. Throughout the spring, summer, fall and into this winter NoBo carefully followed the local and state guidelines for in-person gatherings.  Both indoor and outdoor spaces had limits that made many planned classes, presentations, sales, and shows either greatly scaled back, or impossible altogether.  In the warmer months, when restrictions were somewhat relaxed, First Friday’s in NoBo were successful.  Those who felt comfortable enough to open their studios to the public exceed our expectations for the numbers they attracted.

As we plan for 2021, we will not forget what all of you have done for us in 2020. May you all be well, strong and healthy going into the new year. Thank you once again.

The NoBo Art District Board:

Lisa Nesmith, President • Christopher Warren, Vice President • Robert Cavalier, Treasurer • Jeffrey Hiller, Secretary Leah Brenner Clack • Michael Deragisch • Karen Lester


NoBo Art District

Promoting and supporting artists and creative industries in North Boulder.

The continuously evolving NoBo Art District is an inclusive, grassroots, community-focused arts organization that enthusiastically supports all who work in creative disciplines. We actively build community among our artists, businesses and our North Boulder neighborhood. Please help our growing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization continue its mission in our community, all donations are 100% tax deductible (Tax ID #46-3239346). No amount is too small! Please make your tax-deductible donation today via credit card or PayPal using this link to our website:


In response to the COVID-19 virus we are hosting pop-ups and socially distanced events with masks required. We are all experiencing the impact of the necessary measures enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the arts, safely. By attending any event or location advertised, arranged by, sponsored by or mentioned in any identified by NoBo Art District you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending such event or location, you, any guests, volunteers, visitors, performers, or staff voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold NoBo Art District, it’s officers, elected and appointed officials, representatives and employees; or any other partners, sponsors or vendors liable for any illness or injury.


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Partners and Sponsors – we cannot thank you enough!

     Boulder Arts Commission  •  Boulder County Arts Alliance
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  •  Margaret Galvin Johnson Studios  •  Bill Snider Studios