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

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 www.EnglishinAction.org.   

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 www.EnglishinAction.org 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 www.AlecSoth.com to see Soth's work, and visit www.AndersonRanch.org 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 www.reas.com to see more examples of Casey Reas' work, and www.andersonranch.org to learn more about summer workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission used a nuclear bomb 8,000' below the ground in Rulison, Colorado, to crack a fracture zone to release natural gas. Thirty-five years later, a small Texas energy company applied to drill wells in the area. Chelsea Brundige, board trustee of the Public Counsel of the Rockies, and Tim McFlynn, founder and board chair of Public Counsel, discuss the case and outcome. 

If you're a serious artist, or want to be, you're probably familiar with artist-in-residence programs. It's an important step in an artist's career according to Doug Casebeer, the Associate Director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Casebeer played a major role in developing the residency program in 1985, when it was founded. Julia Galloway is a ceramic artist and was a resident at the Ranch almost two decades ago.

 Chances are, you've never heard of Public Counsel of the Rockies...until now. This little organization is based out of the Benedict Building in Aspen, and has no staff, but is a heavy hitter when it comes to making big changes on issues of public interest. Tim McFlynn is the founder and board chair of Public Counsel. He shares the organization's history and his inspiration for creating it. Chelsea Brundige is a trustee on the board of Public Counsel, and runs the Counsel's Smart Water Program. She also joins the conversation. 

On Saturday, August 1st, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center will host its 35th annual Art Auction and community picnic. Becky Murray is a member of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Board of Trustees and is the head of the Development Department, and Hailey Walsh is the Special Events Assistant. They discuss the history and details of the event. 

Renee Solari is the Program Manager for Education Services at SunPower, a solar company that designs and manufactures high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and solar panels out of California. The company has a mission to provide tools and promote education to students around the country. Energetics Education, based in Carbondale, is a recipient of donated solar panels from SunPower. These panels are used by high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley to design and build solar-powered cars, or Solar Rollers. 

Sylvie Rosenthal is a woodworker, welder, and artist who is pioneering the field of sculpture and furniture design for women. She's teaching a two-week long workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this summer and takes us behind the scenes into the studio and her artistic process. 

To see more of Sylvie Rosenthal's work, visit her website at www.SylvieRosenthal.com. And visit www.AndersonRanch.org to learn more about this summer's workshops. 

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education.

Visit www.EnergeticsEd.org to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.   

  Telling a story through photographs...that's the objective of the Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The workshop is co-taught by James Estrin, The New York Times Senior Staff Photographer, and Ed Kashi, photojournalist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, TIME, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. 

Estrin and Kashi discuss their workshop at the Ranch, the developments they've seen in the field of photographer, and their careers. 

Noah Davis is the Executive Director of Energetics Education, a non-profit organization that brings energy education to high school students through the Solar Rollers program. High school teams comprising of six students sign up to participate in Solar Rollers. The teams are given a solar-powered car kit which they must design and build, and eventually race against other teams. The third annual race was held in the Big Horn Toyota parking lot in Glenwood Springs in May 2015. 

This week at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director, and Andrea Wallace, the Artistic Director of Photography and New Media and the Director of the Workshop Program, discuss the Ranch's Scholarship and Partnership Program. The Ranch partners with over 60 colleges and universities around the country to bring undergraduate and graduate art students to the Snowmass Village arts center. And, the Ranch has a scholarship program for all students to help cover the costs for summer workshops and kids camps. 

Energetics Education is a young non-profit organization based in Carbondale that works to bring energy education programs into high schools. Established in 2014, the organization has one program - Solar Rollers - that gives solar car kits to high schoolers and hosts a competitive race for the school teams in the spring.   

Noah Davis is the executive director of Energetics Education and shares his personal history in energy and education, and what inspired him to start the organization.

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