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                        Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives


                        Who We Are

                        Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives (DBCI) (formerly known as the Downtown Boulder Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in 2017.  The organization's mission is to engage visitors and locals alike through arts, culture, innovation and inclusive, community-driven experiences in downtown Boulder.

                        Our vision is a downtown Boulder that is:

                        • A place that welcomes and is accessible to all;
                        • A canvas to celebrate the creativity and unique essence of Boulder;
                        • A vibrant hub of economic activity and innovation; and
                        • Part of the larger Boulder community, seeking to partner in civic solutions for the greater good.

                        The Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives areas of focus include cultural experiences, community connection and the future of our downtown.

                        Community Advisory Board

                        DBCI 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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                        Donate to DBCI

                        Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives (DBCI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity (federal tax ID #36-4848287). All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

                        Downtown events are a critical and emblematic part of what makes our community connection so strong.  We welcome the support of businesses and individuals throughout our community.

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                        Community Events

                        The Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives 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.

                        All of our events seek to provide visitors and locals alike with cultural experiences and community connection.

                        Public Art

                        The Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives is a proud supporter of local art as part of an ongoing commitment to enhance the downtown district landscape and provide enriching cultural experiences for locals and visitors alike. 

                        In 2020, DBCI facilitated the donation of Bear Hugs on the Pearl Street Mall to the City of Boulder.  DBCI's Boulder Alley Gallery initiative re-purposes alley and back-of-building doors into works of art featuring the talents of local artists.

                        2021 DBCI Board of Directors

                        Bob Yates - Boulder City Council

                        Vice Chair
                        Jennah Lagomarsino

                        Burton McKenzie - BOK Financial

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

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

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