Cornelia Carpenter

Development Associate

Cornelia was born and raised in Aspen and is happy to be home after attending the University of Denver, where she earned degrees in Geography and Studio Art. Since graduating in 2011, she has illustrated several local children’s books, made maps around the world, and continues to draw and paint. In the summer of 2011, Cornelia was a Development intern at The Aspen Institute, and returned to work for The Aspen Ideas Festival in the summer of 2012.

Prior to joining the Aspen Public Radio team in 2013, she was a cross-country ski instructor and sales associate at the Aspen Cross-Country Center. In addition to her role as the Development Associate, Cornelia has taken on the Non-Profit in the Spotlight and Audio Canvas segments.

Aspen Public Radio is an integral part of Cornelia’s life – from waking up to local news and Morning Edition, to cooking dinner with Terry Gross, she's almost always tuned in. Cornelia’s other interests include traveling, hiking, skiing, exploring the wild wild west, and hanging out with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Ways To Connect

Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo are the co-founders of the Aspen Poets' Society. Celebrating its 9th year anniversary this month, the organization was formed after Zimet, who was doing marketing for the former Zele Cafe in Aspen, had the idea of bringing live poetry readings to the cafe after a series of successful evening events with music. 

Zimet and Nuzzo share the history of the organization and the power of poetry. The Aspen Poets' Society hosts live poetry readings every month at Victoria's Cafe in Aspen. To learn more about the organization and their events, visit or (970) 379-2136. 

English in Action Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the challenges facing the organization, as well as her goals for the future. English in Action has a waiting list with almost 100 individuals waiting for tutors - the organization will host a fall volunteer tutor drive in hopes of recruiting almost 80 new tutors.

Learn more about the fall recruitment HERE, and find out more information about English in Action at   

Julie Goldstein is the Board Chair of English in Action. She joined the organization in 2009 when she became a volunteer tutor. She shares her personal experiences in education and as a tutor, and examines the changing trends of immigrant communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Visit to learn more about how you can become a volunteer tutor. 

In the 1980's, an increasing number of immigrants - predominantly from Mexico and Central America - became a vital part of the Roaring Fork Valley. Some of these new immigrants struggled to learn English and in some cases, cultural divides developed.

English in Action was created in 1994 when the Basalt Regional Library launched its Adult Literacy Program - committed to fostering a diverse community. In 2008, the initiative became a fully independent non-profit organization known today as English in Action.  

Executive Director Lara Beaulieu discusses the organization's history and importance in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, discusses the upcoming fall programs and workshops at the arts center, as well as Ranch's upcoming 50th anniversary.  

The Ranch will offer two workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in October; one focused in ceramics, the other in photography. Learn more about these destination workshops HERE.  

  Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel of the Rockies - he humbly refers to the organization as more of a "non-profit in the candlelight". And he has good reason for that - the organization is small, elusive, and tends to fly under most of our radars. But, he says it's time to bring more awareness to the public interest firm and its work. Chelsea Brundige, board trustee and head of the Counsel's Smart Water Program, says that they hope the younger generation of professionals and activities will continue this work. 

Alec Soth is a renowned photographer who lives in Minnesota and traveled to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center to speak at the Summer Lecture Series. He discusses his work, his vulnerability as a photographer, and what inspires him. 

Visit to see Soth's work, and visit to learn more about the Ranch's Summer Lecture Series. 

In 2006, Public Counsel began the process of challenging the 1963 Colorado Oil & Gas Act, that allowed the owner of a property's underground mineral rights to pump and dispose of groundwater to access the gas, with no permit, despite the protests of the surface owner.

On today's episode, Casey Reas, an artist and educator who is pioneering the field of visual design. He's teaching a week-long code and digital fabrication summer workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Reas discusses his workshop and how he blends computer programming and the visual arts. 

Visit to see more examples of Casey Reas' work, and to learn more about summer workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.