Bursts of Brilliance® Art Salons

Season One: Art Salons   -  June 2023 - June 2024, Fort Collins, Colorado

Season Sponsors: Dr. Peter Springberg; Carol Ann and Gary Hixon; Dr. Bev Donnelley and Bill West

Bursts of Brilliance® Art Salons, founded and hosted by author and arts advocate Teresa R. Funke, pay homage to the famous Saturday night salons hosted by Gertrude Stein in 1920s Paris, which regularly drew artists, writers, and composers such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Matisse, and Picasso. Salons are a centuries-old tradition of conversational gatherings centered around lively discussion and critical discourse.

Audience members are invited to be flies on the wall at this limited series of candid conversations as a rotating group of your brightest local stars—one each representing writing, visual arts, performing arts, and music—dig deep to uncover what is working for all types of artists today, what could be working better, and what has never worked at all in your town and beyond. We’ll aspire to strike a revolution in how the arts are experienced and valued in your community. In doing so, we hope these evenings spark “bursts of brilliance” in your audiences' minds and hearts regarding their own art and how to nurture and advance it through collaboration and cross-promotion opportunities across the arts spectrum.

These events are designed to be by invitation only and intended for audiences of professional artists; arts organizers and advocates; arts educators and service providers; and arts-based business owners.

To bring a Bursts of Brilliance® Art Salon or series of salons to your area, e-mail Teresa at: teresa@teresafunke.com