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Heart of Gold

The Broomfield Council of Arts & Humanities Annual Gala celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Article by Danica De Jong

Photography by Life by Tay Media

Originally published in Broomfield Lifestyle

As the summer comes to a close, we are reminded of outdoor festivities with friends and family, basking in the sun, sleeping under the stars, and the copious amounts of smiles captured and housed in the photo albums of our smartphones.  With such a fun-filled season under our belts, what better way to send off summer and make a few more lasting memories than by attending a spectacular soiree?

Those who know, know, but if you’re one of the select few that missed out on last year’s gala debut, let’s put it this way: if art speaks words that cannot be explained, the Broomfield Council of Arts & Humanities Annual Gala will transport you into a live canvas of creativity.  Expect to be absorbed into a world where you, as the guest, are both viewer and participant. Enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres al Fresca as stilt walkers sashay through the crowd and music provided by the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Repertory Singers serenade the event. Discover the surreal and unusual within the signature Creative Immersion Room whose motif this year, is an exploration of the senses (spoiler alert: expect dessert by A Spice of Life Catering)

Carrying over a fan-favorite dress code of Creative Black Tie, get innovative through attire.  (For reference, the decadent masquerade masks, light-up ball gowns, and handmade haute fascinators from last year’s event make the Royal Wedding look like casual date night.)  

With hands-on creative stations, storytellers, aerialists, circus art performers and SO much more, peppered throughout the evening’s agenda, this highly anticipated affair is nothing short of inspirational—and all in support of the Broomfield Council of Arts & Humanities (BCAH).  

Since its inception in 1973, BCAH, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has made a transformative difference in support of the arts having board leaders opening the first dance studio and art guild in Broomfield among other accomplishments to enhance this small but growing community.  Established by a conglomerate of local leaders, artists, and a board of forward thinkers, these members have been the head and heart of the BCAH organization. Their dedication and tireless efforts make these programs possible and accessible to everyone.

“Not everyone has access to art. Location and finances are just a few reasons why many Colorado residents lack the chance to participate in art programs or cultural events. To BCAH, creativity is essential to a healthy, well-balanced life and the driving force behind what we do,” Executive Director, Keri Dillingham explains.  “From the beginning, the founders of the organization recognized a dire need to interweave arts and culture into the fabric of the Broomfield community. Since then, we are constantly asking ourselves, ‘What does the community need and how do we deliver’”?

Serving over 30,000 Broomfield residents and visitors in 2022 alone, through staff-presented programs, performances, and events (90% of which are free to attend) BCAH is on a constant mission to continue its vision to create a more “vibrant, engaging and inclusive community” by offering programs that introduce us to diverse cultures and explore intriguing topics like space science

“Our family moved to Broomfield right before the pandemic.  Our finances became an issue because of it and we couldn't get to know our new community being stuck at home,” one family shares.  “(BCAH's) Summer Saturday (Drive-thru) events gave us a chance to love where we live…The events were free, too…We can pay our bills but not much else, so (BCAH) has been a blessing for us.”

If you are interested in attending this year’s spectacular evening of inspiration in support of BCAH and the arts, tickets are available at:

And don’t forget to make room on your smartphones for more memories. 

BCAH is on a constant mission to continue their vision to create a more “vibrant, engaging and inclusive community”