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

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.

Enrique Martinez Celaya has been coming to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center for over a decade. He is an established contemporary artist and a board member of the Ranch. Martinez Celaya discusses his work, inspirations, and challenges.

He will be leading a multi-year advanced workshop for serious artists looking to expand and improve their portfolios, and recently published a new book on his reflections and experiences at the ranch, On Art and Mindfulness

Elizabeth Ferrill is the new artistic director of painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. She discusses her goals in her new position, as well as her personal work and inspiration. Ferrill recently did a study of fences along the U.S. / Mexico border. 

Mike Simmons, Chairman of the Aspen Science Center board, and Jackie Francis, Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center, share their vision for the future of the center. The organization hopes to build a science museum where visitors (both locals and tourists) can explore, interact, and discover. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center and their summer programs at

Audio Canvas is a weekly audio tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director, Nancy Wilhelms, shares the center's history and mission to bridge art, education, and inspiration. The Ranch will host a myriad of events this summer including a conversation series, workshops, kids camps, guest faculty lectures, and lunchtime Auctionettes. 

Learn more about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and their upcoming events at

This summer the Aspen Science Center is offering a new program in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Science of Music is a four-part series of lectures and demonstrations. Alan Fletcher, President of the Aspen Music Festival and a board member of the science center, is leading the project. He gives listeners a sneak-peak into this exciting new series.   

Mike Simmons is the Chairman of the Aspen Science Center Board. He explains why hands-on experiments are the best way to educate and inspire people who are interested in science and learning about the world around them. Joining Simmons is Jackie Francis, the center's Executive Director. This week, we discuss the center's multitude of summer events for all ages and interests. 

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 In 1990, the Aspen Science Center was created as a horticultural project at the Aspen Community School. First known as The Verena Project, the idea soon blossomed into a larger, science-focused non-profit organization. George Stranahan is a co-founder and board member of the center, and shares the history and evolution of the organization. 

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Improving access to dental healthcare for communities between Aspen and Parachute is no small feat. So it's safe to say that the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance has plenty of work ahead of them. Among with their strategies and goals are some challenges. Cristina Gair, Executive Director of the Dental Alliance, and Kelly Keeffe, the Regional Oral Health Consultant for the Dental Alliance, discuss the challenges and future of the organization. 

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Executive Director of the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA), Cristina Gair, and Regional Oral Health Consultant, Kelly Keeffe, discuss the Smiles for Seniors program. The organization works with local dental hygienists to bring affordable preventative oral exams to senior centers in the Roaring Fork Valley. Gair and Keeffe also discuss the socioeconomics of tooth decay rates, and how the valley parallels the national trends.