-PROPOSAL: Colorado Performance Laboratory at 3353 Larimer Street, Denver
This proposal details a multi-phase development of a performing arts center at 3353 Larimer Street in Denver, with a primary focus on the implementation and nature of the first phase of development and a secondary attention to the further stages of development of the space and the organization.
Introduction and Outline
Mission Statement: The Colorado Performance Laboratory stimulates and facilitates innovative contemporary live arts in Denver by creating, presenting, and hosting performances, creative processes, educational opportunities, and professional development.
Space Outline: CPL will begin with an initial space including:
-a black box theater 2500-3000sf
-a movement studio 800-1200sf
-office space for 5-10 partners 800-1200sf
-4 restrooms (2) 50sf (backstage), (2) 150sf (lobby)
-a lobby ca. 400sf
-a green room ca. 200sf
-(2) dressing rooms ca. 150sf each
-scene shop, and storage ca. 800sf
Total space: 7000sf
Activities: CPL will host:
-A Public Events Program offering professional performances, live installations, and festivals.
-Education and Outreach Programs including classes, workshops, off-site outreach in schools and other venues.
-A Professional Artist Development Progam with residencies, curated performances, work-in-progress showings, showcases, artist forums, and rental rehearsal and performance space.
-Permanent Residency and Co-Management Positions for partners, including rehearsal, performance, and office space.
Budget and planning
In the early phase of the project we would develop a more detailed budget outlining revenue streams, operations costs. We expect a first-year budget to be in the range of $400,000, with an additional $15-30K of costs for transition, initial renovations, and equipment purchases.
Revenue Streams: CPL will administer its programs and operation through:
-Private and Public Grants for its activities and programs
-Class and Workshop tuition
-Space Rentals for rehearsals and classes
Collaborators/Involved Parties: CPL will be managed and operated by a partnership of arts organizations that will be open to new members and initially will include:
1-The Boulder International Fringe Festival (501c3)
2-Kim Olson, Sweet Edge (501c3)
3- The Packing House Center for the Arts/ Control Group Productions (dance company)
4-Band of Toughs: a theatre collaboratory
-Striding Lion InterArts Workshop, Denver Charter of Chicago Based (501c3)
-The the Outdoor Cinema Network
-Thriving Artist Alliance
Purpose and Goals:
CPL will provide access for local audiences to high quality innovative and contemporary professional performances and live art events. It will enhance the local performing arts community through the work of its members, partners, and curated artists. It will provide opportunities for local artists to create and present their work. It will provide opportunities for the public to experience the work of local and extra-regional performing artists. It will create a platform for local artists to create work that can be brought to other parts of the country and the world. Through these activities it will stimulate participation by Colorado audiences and artists in the global performing arts dialogue.
CPL will offer residencies, curations, teaching positions, and other opportunities for professional artists and companies competitively with specific goals and criteria determined by each program within the general mission of facilitating Colorado’s contemporary performing arts community.
Outreach will be conducted with the purpose of training young artists, bringing the arts to underserved populations, and generating interest in and experience with viewing contemporary performing arts.
CPL will use its operating and programs budgets to take risks in its programming that will be aimed at stimulating artistic experimentation and innovation and bringing to the local public the highest quality in contemporary professional performing arts.