6th Annual Dairy Center Honors Awards

Dairy Arts Center in Boulder

Friday, September 6 at 7:00 PM

The Dairy Arts Center is pleased to announce its 6th annual Dairy Center Honors event - Boulder’s opportunity to recognize individuals, groups, businesses, projects, or institutions that have made significant contributions to the arts in Boulder County. The 2019 Dairy Center Honors awards ceremony will be held at the Dairy Arts Center on September 6, 2019 at 7PM.

The Dairy Center Honors was established in 2014 to pay tribute to outstanding individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the arts in our community. Guests will enjoy captivating performances, food, and drink, as they celebrate the rich cultural resources of the Boulder arts community and lift up examples of excellence and inspiration.

“We are so pleased to provide an opportunity to honor Boulder’s artistic leaders. Since opening up the nominating process to the public last year, we have been thrilled with the positive community response and high volume of nominees,” states the Dairy’s Executive Director, Melissa Fathman. “In keeping with the Dairy Arts Center’s mission to create inspiring and engaging experiences, this event offers a wide range of performances to celebrate our honorees and to showcase the heart and soul of the Dairy.”

In addition to the five community-nominated honorees, the Dairy Arts Center has selected two philanthropic honorees (an individual and a business) who set the standard for support of the Dairy Arts Center, as well as community involvement. This award honors them for their active engagement in making both the Dairy and our Boulder community stronger. We are pleased to salute them and their contributions, and will announce the recipients for this new award at the event.

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO. 80302


More About the Honorees:

Visual Art: Open Studios - Open Studios has been a visible and successful supporter and promoter of visual art and artists in Boulder for nearly a quarter-century. Founded by Gary Zeff in 1995, the nonprofit organization began as the free, self-guided Open Studios Artist Tour held each fall, during which juried artists welcome the public into their workspace to show their work, answer questions and explain their process. Most Open Studios artists do not have agents promoting their work, so the event gives their art invaluable exposure: dozens of people will see it each day during the tour. Unlike an art gallery, the studio tour provides informal and non-intimidating settings that enable both seasoned collectors and folks who have never bought a piece of art to share the joy of discovery. If an artwork changes hands, both parties are thrilled, but the tour is not primarily about buying or selling; it is about fostering art, encouraging artists and expanding knowledge about art. And all the while, everyone is sharing an experience—and having a very good time!

Music: Hazel Miller - Hazel Miller is a singer, mentor, bandleader, booking agent…ect. All this means is that Ms.Miller has found a way to break into the Colorado music scene and stay in demand for more than 30 years. Ms. Miller has appeared at all the major music venues and festivals in Colorado…from Band on the Bricks in Boulder to The Bohemian West Fest, Telluride Jazz & Blues Fest, Winter Park Jazz. She has sung at Red Rocks as an opener for Earth, Wind, and Fire. She has toured nationally for many years with Big Head Todd & the Monsters. She has performed as a regular on eTown Radio. She has opened for a diverse number of major stars such as Michael McDonald, James Brown, Ziggy Marley, Elvin Bishop and many more.

Last year she and her band performed in France for the 74th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and other surrounding cities. The Hazel Miller Band has toured the Far East, Middle East, Central America, Turkey & Egypt performing for the Armed Forces. She is currently singing all over Colorado and the country.

Humanitarian: Dr. Alphonse Keasley - Alphonse firmly believes that his devotion to the arts is a direct result of the New Orleans Public School’s commitment to the arts, especially for someone like himself from a working-class family. He devoted himself to the theatrical arts after performing at his first university, historically black college Southern University. Relocating to Boulder in 1974 to pursue and complete his doctorate degree, he dedicated his art to Boulder’s outstanding theater companies, including the original Nomads Theater, the Upstart Crow, the University of Colorado Main Theater, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The nurturing Boulder theater community led him to the Denver Center Theater Company, where he earned his coveted Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild credentials. Alphonse is currently a voiceover actor with Boulder-based communication companies and has narrated over 100 educational DVDs. He has served as the Boulder County Arts Alliance chair and several other theater Boards of Directors.

Theatre: Len Barron - In 1963 Len Barron began college at the University of Colorado; he was thirty years old. After CU he went to graduate school in Washington D.C. Later he taught Sociology at the University of Colorado, San Diego State University, and Prescott College in Arizona. Back in Boulder, in 1980 he began to write and perform in solo and ensemble theatre pieces, most notable “Walking Lightly…A Portrait of Einstein” and “Einstein and Niels Bohr…A Fairy Tale” which he presented for audiences across the country. He also produced and directed three one woman theatre pieces beginning with “A Matter of Heart.” For ten years he did interviews on KGNU, Boulder’s community radio station. Over the years he has presented the Einstein and Bohr theatre pieces as a fund raiser for Boulder organizations including The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, the Walter Orr Roberts Music Scholarship, Parenting Place, and Mothers Acting U.

Literary Arts: Gene Hayworth, Inkberry Books - Gene Hayworth is the proprietor of Inkberry Books, an emerging cultural hub in Niwot, Colorado. He is also the director of Social Sciences at the University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder. In addition, he is the publisher and chief editor of Owl Canyon Press, and author of non-fiction and literary translations. He lives in Boulder with his partner of 40 years, Keith Waters, jazz pianist and professor of music at the University of Colorado Boulder.

About the Dairy Arts Center

The Dairy Arts Center is Boulder’s largest multi-disciplinary arts venue, hosting an array of theatrical performances, concerts, visual art galleries, films, comedy, dance productions and more within 42,000 square feet of newly-renovated facilities. The building’s transformation from a milk processing facility to an arts hub in 1992 is a nationally recognized example of constructive urban development and renewal. The Dairy houses three ultramodern live performance theaters, several studio art galleries, and an 80-seat art-house cinema. From weekly events like Friday Night Weird to community gathering, creativity is always being celebrated at the Dairy.