Editorial: Arts groups must continue to welcome those with physical, cognitive, and mental challenges

Posted on: July 28, 2021

“We’ve turned a corner on COVID in Boulder, bringing back beloved live venues with [outdoor] performances in music, dance and theater,” writes Julie Marshall in Saturday’s (7/24) Daily Camera (Boulder, CO). “But … some Boulder families … feel left out. We are talking about people … who may have any combination of physical, cognitive and mental challenges…. Before COVID-19, … the Boulder Public Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic ensembles held sensory-friendly concerts; Boulder Ballet with Longmont Symphony Orchestra continued the ‘Gentle Nutcracker’ tradition, and Boulder Symphony held a sensory-friendly concert series that specifically welcomed people with dementia. Inclusion was occurring because of the thoughtful interest of people like … Boulder Philharmonic Music Director Michael Butterman…. People of all abilities … might consider attending a mid-August or September concert that’s part of the Boulder Phil’s ‘Live From the Hill’ series with outdoor seating…. The Colorado Music Festival does a great job with its family-friendly concert each year.… This summer the festival has made a strong effort to diversify in partnership with the Sphinx Organization…. The festival, with its forward-thinking music director, Peter Oundjian, is the ideal organization to explicitly and enthusiastically provide access for people with all abilities.”