On My Own Time (OMOT) celebrates and encourages the creative talents of the workforce by showcasing what employees do outside the office.

New in 2013!
CBCA’s biennial OMOT program is back and better than ever.  In addition to our popular visual arts OMOT, we’re now offering a one-night only, juried Talent Showcase of performing, film, and literary arts.

Visual Arts OMOT – Participation by Company
CBCA facilitates juried employee art exhibitions at participating companies.  Employees and their families enter their original artwork made on their own time.  CBCA juries each individual company show through a panel of arts professionals.  The winners of the individual shows go on to compete in the multi-company exhibition in downtown Denver to recognize the best artwork from the individual company shows. Works are accepted from company employees and their family members. Awards are given  in the categories of:

  • Digital Media
  • Fine Art
  • Fine Craft
  • Photography
  • Professional
  • Sculpture
  • Young Artist (12 & Under and 13 & Over)

Important Dates – Visual Arts OMOT:

  • February 15, 2013 – Company Participation Form Due
  • February 15 – May 14, 2013 – Individual Company Shows
  • May 15 – June 5, 2013 – Multi-Company Show at Republic Plaza

Learn more about the Visual Arts OMOT program here.


Performing, Film, and Literary Arts OMOT – Participation by Individual or Group:

Individuals or groups enter their submissions, which will be created on their own time, to be considered for participation in the OMOT Talent Showcase.  CBCA will convene a panel of arts professionals to jury the submissions into the Talent Showcase in these categories:

  • Music (all genres)
  • Dance (all genres)
  • Theatre (all genres)
  • Film (all genres)
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Youth (12 & Under and 13 & Over) may also participate in any category

Submission Fees:
*Limit of 1 entry/individual or group

  • Individual CBCA Member – $15
  • Group CBCA Member – $30
  • Individual Non-CBCA Member – $25
  • Group Non-CBCA Member – $50

Important Dates:

  • April 5, 2013 – Deadline for submissions

Learn more about the Performing Arts and Film OMOT here.  Learn more about the Literary Arts OMOT here.

2012 Government Agency On My Own Time Art Exhibit
In 2012, CBCA partnered with Arts & Venues DenverColorado Creative Industries, and General Services Administration to feature original artwork created by City of Denver, State of Colorado, and Colorado-based government employees on their own free time in five categories: Digital Media, Fine Art, Fine Craft, Photography, and Sculpture.  Each agency art exhibit occurred in October 2012 and was juried by a distinguished panel of arts professionals chosen by CBCA.

The winning entries from each agency show will be displayed in the Multi-Agency OMOT Employee Art Exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol Building in the Basement Rotunda as well as Lt. Governor Joe Garcia’s office thru May 13, 2013.  The citizens of Colorado will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite entry for the People’s Choice Award through the duration of the Multi-Agency Exhibit via CBCA’s Facebook  page.   A public reception for the Multi-Agency Exhibit will take place January 29, 2013.

Multi-Agency On My Own Time Reception
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
4:00-6:00 pm
Colorado State Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
Complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres
*You must enter the building by 5 pm

Click on year to view past OMOT programs: 2009, 2011.