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Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life.

 

Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to show students that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  

 

She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Ways to Connect

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The Aspen Ideas Festival starts Thursday, and there is new art on the campus of the Aspen Institute. Slogans like “End the draft!” and “Vote yes for peace!” are stamped in giant letters on Vietnam-era protest posters in the Paepcke Gallery.

Aspen Words

Mohsin Hamid is the author of the bestselling novel "Exit West," which follows a young couple who flees an unnamed war-torn country and tries to resettle in a new home. Earlier this year, the book won Aspen Words’ first literary prize. Hamid will discuss his work Tuesday evening in Aspen for Aspen Words’ Summer Words.

 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Heritage Fire culinary festival was Saturday in Snowmass Village. The event featured whole-animal cookery over open fires. There’s also a larger purpose: To spread education about local farmers and sustainably raised meat. Arts and culture reporter Christin Kay took a trip from farm to table, or, in this case, farm to fire pit.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Aspen Words

Author Heather Harpham’s memoir “Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After” is about her infant daughter’s life-threatening illness.  Harpham speaks Monday night on an Aspen Words’ Summer Words panel.

Food and Wine

It’s glitz and glamour this weekend in Aspen for the annual Food and Wine Classic... but, as one visiting restaurateur has seen, many workers in the industry are just one unexpected crisis away from having unpaid hospital bills pile up or from being evicted.

Heritage Fire returns to Snowmass Village on Saturday.  The culinary festival features cooking whole animals over open flames. The focus is also on locally raised meat and produce.

Anderson Ranch

Artist Esteban de Valle is giving a talk at Anderson Ranch Thursday called “Makin’ It.” It’s about fulfilling the dream of becoming a full-time artist, which hasn’t been without its challenges for him.  

Aspen Words

Francisco Cantu is Aspen Words’ Writer-in-Residence this month.  Tuesday evening, he’ll discuss his bestselling memoir “The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border.”

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

 

 

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE hosts an evening of storytelling Wednesday at Rock Bottom Ranch. "Fire in the Belly: Stories of CHANGE" is centered on moments of personal transition.

The Wheeler Opera House kicks off its summer season with the show "NU-TOPIA: Tour the Mystery!" It uses dance, a light show and the music of The Beatles to spread a message of love. It’s also part of a new effort by the Wheeler to showcase productions headed up by locals.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Carbondale, Salida, Crested Butte, Paonia and Ridgway are all certified creative districts here on Colorado’s Western Slope. This means they’ve been recognized by the state as having a concentration of arts organizations and a plethora of cultural opportunities. They’ve joined forces with the Colorado Tourism Office to comprise the new Colorado Creative Corridor.  

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd comes to the Belly Up this weekend on his "Storm Boy" tour. Rudd says he's found energy from his global audiences throughout his 16-year career.  

Town of Carbondale

Thursday is Carbondale’s “Art Around Town” walking tour. Residents can view 14 new, public art pieces and meet the artists.

Timothy Schenk / The artist and Hauser & Wirth

A new exhibit opens on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum on Thursday.  

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley.  This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Alt-country musician Nicki Bluhm plays the Belly Up on Monday. Her new album, "To Rise You Gotta Fall," chronicles personal and artistic growth.  

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The Snowmass Arts Advisory Board is working on a new public art piece to honor Snowmass’ 50th anniversary.

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