About

aboutThe Art Underground is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which offers dance, theater, art and film programs to all ages in two locations; Historic Downtown Louisville (TAU) and the Arts Hub (HUB) just outside of Old Town Lafayette. TAU first began in 2007. Programming expands to Lafayette, CO in the summer of 2016, with the construction of a new art center. The new facility will house a theater, dance and art activity rooms. The grounds of the new facility will have features that also support the arts related activities of the organization.

Mission

The Art Underground is committed to growing a strong arts community by connecting and providing opportunities for diverse populations through a wide-range of engaging arts services.

TAU will accomplish this mission by:
1. Ensuring that underserved populations are provided opportunities to participate in programs and incubating cross-cultural understanding and communication exchange
2. Growing individual’s awareness, participation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts
3. Building a strong, thriving and spirited arts community

History

TAU first opened its doors in September 2007 because of a demonstrated desire and need for more arts offerings in East Boulder County. A 501 (C) 3 nonprofit status was sought in early 2007 and a board of directors was established to launch the new organization. Historic Downtown Louisville was selected as the site to run the activities of the company, because of its sense of community, the unique combination of coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops and the library that would be appealing to provide a full outing experience for TAU participants. The availability of a space with potential development that could provide for the needs of the organization well was found in this quaint historic downtown area. Now, nine years after first opening its doors, TAU/HUB is expanding into its own facility, located in Lafayette, CO.

Some things that make TAU unique are:

Arts Community

The exposure to several different art forms at TAU inspires a sense of community and appreciation for all of the arts. Walking down the TAU halls stimulates creative thinking while getting a view of dance classes, theater rehearsals and art classes going on at the same time. The bright atrium with its seating and tables is a space where parents and participants can interact or just experience the sights and sounds together. TAU is also fortunate to have several lower level neighbors with complimentary arts offerings. Dana V. Music, AfterBeat Drum School and ClayArts Pottery all reside in the lower level. Another street level neighbor, Juju Beads, adds to the possible arts related outlets that customers have nearby.

Quality Instructors

TAU has aligned with highly accomplished artists and performers to offer a full complement of classes. Our instructors range from acclaimed Broadway performers to credentialed visual arts teachers and experienced dance and film instructors.

Age Appropriate Instruction

TAU looks for exceptional instructors that are knowledgeable in their area of expertise, good at providing learning experiences for youth and have a good understanding of child development. This can be a difficult mix of qualities to find, but a primary goal of TAU is to maintain a staff with these qualities for working with the preschool through youth aged customers.

Curriculum Development

Ongoing curriculum evaluation and development insure that TAU will continually be renewed with a vibrant freshness, while building on the “gold standard” activities that work well.

Nurturing Creativity

audienceTAU offers opportunities for participants to be exposed to the work of a variety of artists to help expand their own creative thinking and development. TAU works to delicately nurture confidence in developing the artistic talents of students, knowing there is a sensitive balance of offering solid skill development techniques with openness to unique ways of acquiring skill and building creative development for individuals.

Real Audiences

TAU works to inspire kids, youth and adults to develop valuable creative and technical skills by offering opportunities to share their work with real world audiences. This allows students to feel the value that others have for their work.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Art Underground pledges not to discriminate against any employee, volunteer, program participant, or other, on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, affiliation or disability.