Cornelia Carpenter

Administrative & Development Assistant

Cornelia was raised in Aspen and is happy to be home after attending the University of Denver, where she earned Bachelor degrees in both Geography and Studio Art. Since graduation, she has illustrated several children’s books and maps, and continues to draw and paint in her favorite medium, watercolor. Cornelia was a Development intern at The Aspen Institute in the summer of 2011 and returned to assist with major events at the Institute in the summer of 2012. During the winter season, she can be found cross-country skiing and working in her studio.

Aspen Public Radio has been an integral part of Cornelia’s life – from waking up to Morning Edition and local news in the valley to cooking dinner while tuned into Fresh Air. She enjoys listening to Car Talk, Science Friday, Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me, and too many others to count. Cornelia’s other interests include traveling, hiking, exploring the Wild West, and hanging out with exotic animals. Some of her memorable animal interactions include kissing a giraffe, holding a flying fox bat, and getting stung by a stingray.

Ways To Connect

There are two traveling pre-schools in the Roaring Fork Valley -- in the form of short buses. El Busesito is the name for each of these buses. They currently provide 3-hours of pre-school time for 90 children in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Early childhood education is one the goals for the Valley Settlement Project, a project focused on incorporating and encouraging immigrant and low-income communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. The project is run by The Manaus Fund. 

The Manaus Fund's Valley Settlement Project is comprised of three main focuses: early childhood education, after school programs and adult education. This week, we meet Marisol, a parent mentor whose life has changed since her involvement with the Valley Settlement Project. The parent mentor program is one of many parts of the adult education focus, including english classes, computer enhancement programs and GED prep-courses. George Stranahan, founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of The Valley Settlement Project, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of The Valley Settlement Project are also featured in this episode.

The Valley Settlement Project is going into its second year, and is Carbondale's Manaus Fund's greatest project to date. The project is broken into three parts: early childhood education, after school programs and adult educational classes, which include a parent mentor program, english and GED-prep classes and computer skill workshops. George Stranahan, Founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of the Valley Settlement Project, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of the Valley Settlement Project are featured in this episode.

For more on The Manaus Fund: http://www.manausfund.org/

"Never do for others what they can do for themselves". This is the underlying philosophy of The Manaus Fund and its founder, George Stranahan. The Manaus Fund operates out of Carbondale's Third Street Center and addresses localized social issues by investing in non-profit organizations and projects in the Roaring Fork Valley. Social entrepreneurship, investment and community involvement are the core values of The Manaus Fund and are essential to the Fund's latest endeavor: The Valley Settlement Project. George Stranahan, Founder of The Manaus Fund and Senior Advisor of the Valley Settlement Project, Ellen Freedman, Executive Director of The Manaus Fund, and Morgan Jacober, Project Director of the Valley Settlement Project are featured in this episode.

For more on The Manaus Fund: http://www.manausfund.org/

From the first week of June to Labor Day, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is full of working artists, children's workshops, firing kilns, busy cafe kitchen staff, artist lectures, and a variety of other events on and off the campus (to touch on a few). Anderson Ranch's campus closes down for the first week of September, but the season doesn't stop there. Three more works of intensive workshops and artists-in-residence keep the autumn busy. Nancy Wilhelms, the Executive Director of Anderson Ranch, sat down to explain what exactly happens when the busy weeks of summer come to a close. 

More information on Anderson Ranch can be found here

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