THE year was 1971. In Boulder, the hand-made, down-to-earth, flower-power sensibilities of the late 1960s were lingering as pop culture began evolving into the disco-driven conspicuousness of the 1970s.
In the fall of that year, a group of hungry artists joined forces for self-survival and wound up preserving that piece of pop cultural history which has remained part of the identity and fabric of Boulder to this day.
The Boulder Art & Crafts Cooperative is celebrating its 40th anniversary as an iconic Boulder business which has successfully sustained its late60s-early 70s business model into the new millennium.
Potter Thea Tenenbaum, one of the original artists in the coop, retells its beginnings:
Once upon a time, there were 75 artists who were having a difficult time finding an outlet to sell their creations, a place where they would have control and power without being at the whim of a third party.
These were the days when people power was everywhere, when everything seemed possible, and a handful of enthusiasm and desire were all that was needed to change the world.