?2021 Summer Season?
Ah, give us a moment. Plans for another wonderful series in the Holiday Park just kinda got the rug pulled out from under them. Rats! We've lost the venue. The Holiday HOA rescinded its permission to use the park. HOAs doing stereotypical HOA things, probably fear-based after talking to their lawyer. So sad, but this is the world we live in, right? (And yes, they had seen the 10+ pages of glowing testimonials and another dozen last-minute letters of support; they knew that we had 0 instances of Covid transmission last year; and we'd guaranteed we'd put a rider for them on a liability insurance policy. What more could we do?)
Sooo from this new position of sitting flat on our tushes on this beautiful earth (again), we're re-thinking (again). Did anyone say "adaptability" is the word of the year??? Here's what we know so far:
"Re-Weaving Our Social Fabric" 2021 theme
Mark your calendar: For the Solstice: Sat. June 19, 7-8:30 pm "Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff" music, movement, and art-making with Creativity Alive at Flagstaff Mountain's Sunrise Amphitheater
Confirmed: "Falling Up" series of Flash dances to be held in Lafayette, where the primary gesture is reaching out to help each other up. Wanna be involved? Contact Merlyn Connect@CreativityAlive.org.
In the Works: Enlivening Boulder Civic Center, Downtown, and other areas with Creativity Alive. Flash dances, concerts, art-making... Inspiring Creativity & Building Community. Wanna be involved? Contact Merlyn Connect@CreativityAlive.org.
Psst: We're birthing this new website. Not everthing is in place, but oh what new life we have.
If something's not here, see our old website: or email Connect@CreativityAlive.org
Cultivating your creativity
Founder of Creativity Alive, Merlyn Holmes is available for one-on-one or very small group Creative Living Embodied Arts Training (CLEAT) sessions with individuals who wish to find their way back into, or more deeply into, their creative flow as a way of navigating these times we are in.
Photos of Merlyn Holmes by David Silver at Contemplative Movement practice and our 2019 Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff event.
Music, Dance & Art in the Park
with Creativity Alive
Listen, dance, relax, watch the clouds, see friends (?!?), make art, photography/video always welcome, breathe into generous, safe, physical distances to keep each other and our beloved community exquisitely safe. Let's nourish ourselves deeply while the weather is good.
Next UP in September
Sept. 19 (rain date Sept 20) | Come dance to Brazilian Vibrations with Francisco Marques on guitar and vocals and Raoul Rossiter on percussion, both from Ginga, | 4:30-6 pm
Sept. 26 (rain date Sept 27) | Global Flutes, Lutes & Motion | David Kansuke Wheeler (shakuhachi), Michael DeLalla (guitars, voice), and Merlyn Holmes (dance, ngoni) will perform pieces from Africa, Asia, Europe, the US and more. | 5-6:30 pm | There will be optional participatory elements. If you like, listen to one of our favs Kothbiro, and prepare to sing along (bring masks). Also bring drums/percussion to use with another piece if you like, in addition to everything below.
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Tuesday, Sept 29 (rain date Oct 1) - James Marienthal CD-release concert for "Speak to the Sky." James Marienthal on Native American flutes. Tom Wasinger on guitars and percussion, Arwen Ek on vocals, and a special dance performance by Merlyn Holmes. Donations of $15 or more includes a CD. | 5:30-6:30 pm
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October (more to come, and we'll confirm afternoon times once we can see the weather forecast)
Oct. 3 (rain date Oct 4) | Jesse Manno, multi-instrumentalist and dance accompanist extraordinaire, is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program and co-founder/director of the Rocky Mountain region's busiest Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble Sherefe. He has been improvising, composing and performing music professionally since 1982 and has fulfilled over 200 commissions for original scores. Come and out and dance! We'll have various tools and techniques to help with keeping the necessary >6-feet physical distances during this pandemic. Bring your masks as well though. | 4-5:30 pm
New! Thursday, Oct 8 (rain date Oct 9) Ken Bernstein CD-release concert for "Passage," Ken's first kirtan album. Ken's original concert, slated for March 13, was one of the first COVID-19 cancellations. We can't let him go into the winter without honoring him and celebrating this accomplishment. Ken will play songs from his new CD and other new material he has written both in English and Sanskrit that reflect his journey through some challenging times. Special dance performance by Merlyn Holmes and Hyla Viorst. Donations of $15 or more will get a CD. | 5:30-6:30 pm
Oct. 10 (rain date Oct 11) | Music & Movement Meditation - Noah Rouse Wilson IV and Scott Bears on delruba, ngoni, guitar, oud, and vocals and Merlyn in the dance, 4-5:30 pm
Oct. 17 | Season Finale! "Bows, Strings, Picks & Hits" with Brian Mullins & James Hoskins on erhu, cello, cajon, gadulka, drums, bird calls, and a fine miscellany of other, wondrous instruments, Merlyn in the dance & maybe ngoni, and Lisa Michot on paint brush | 4-5:30 pm
Halloween? Oct 31 What do you think? Shall we have a masked ball? A music and dance parade? Weather watch is on... Ideas & volunteers welcome. Contact Merlyn >>
Info for all events:
Holiday Park: 14th St. x Yaupon Ave. in Boulder, CO
Suggested donations: $15-$30
Your generosity is soo appreciated. As you can well imagine, we've taken quite a hit this year and had to cancel all our classes, workshops, performances, events and festivals through the end of the year. While these few gatherings in the parks while the weather is good are designed to provide nourishment to all of us to help us sustain through the "pandemic winter," they also need to provide some kind of living for us / help put food on the table. To keep Creativity Alive afloat and able to continue offering things like these, we have our Mmmwhahsome musicians to pay, and the founder, dancer and creative spirit behind all these offerings, Merlyn Holmes to support. Consider what value these are to you during these times, what a treat they are, and please give accordingly - at each event OR at any time:
Paypal.me/merlynholmes >> - to avoid fees being deducted, please avoid ticking "services" box
Cash at the event
Checks to Creativity Alive
But don't let money stop you! Join us and donate what you can.
Volunteer! Creativity Alive thrives on the strengths of its community. Please volunteer and join us to keep creativity alive. Contact Merlyn >>
Please pee prior: No bathrooms available
Bring: Picnic blankets/chairs/yoga mats, water, umbrellas, long scarves, art supplies - and your creative self! Feel free to bring a picnic or pick up food from Proto's Pizza or Bacco Trattoria, local favs just down the street.
To keep every member of our beloved community safe
Prior to each event, please do a full wellness check and confirm you can adhere to our Safety Agreement.
We'll provide a thermometer and hand sanitizer on site for your use.
Masks required for any distances under 6 feet with those outside your intimate circle. Luxuriate in spaciousness.
Dance to Brazilian Vibrations - Sept. 19
Global Flutes, Lutes & Motion
David Kansuke Wheeler, Merlyn Holmes, Michael DeLalla - Sept 26
James Marienthal CD Release - Sept 29
Jesse Manno - Dance accompaniest - Oct 3
Ken Bernstein CD Release - Oct 8
Noah Rouse Wilson IV & Scott Bears
- Music & Movement Meditation - Oct 10
Brian Mullins & James Hoskins - Oct 17
This series concluded Oct 17, 2020 but oh what medicine it was. Stay tuned for what's next. We'll find the ways to continue connecting and sharing the things we love, in ways that are safe for our beloved community.
Hey, friends and kindred spirits! We are getting together to do the things we love to do: making music and movement and art outdoors, safely, on beautiful summer evenings and fall afternoons in Boulder. Would you like to join us and feed your soul?!? Let's co-create the ways we can gather safely and beautifully through this pandemic. See the following new offerings...
-- Merlyn Holmes, James Hoskins, Noah Rouse Wilson IV, Brian Mullins, Mark Miller, David Kansuke Wheeler, Bill McCrossen, Scott Bears, Michael DeLalla, Franciso Marques, Raoul Rossiter and other members and friends of Creativity Alive's "Mmmwhah! Ensemble"
Music, Dance, Art in the Park
with Creativity Alive 2020