Board president of the Red Brick addresses its tenants

Oct 2, 2017

Credit Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The board president of the Red Brick Council for the Arts, which manages the arts center on Hallam Street, sent a letter to its tenants Monday. It detailed why they’ve received little information regarding suspected embezzlement by the council’s former executive director.

 

The letter comes just days after it was revealed that former executive director Angie Callen is being investigated for allegedly stealing upwards of $150,000 from the arts council. In the letter, board president Jackie Kasabach said the council has a new interim director, Sarah Roy. Callen left her post in June.

Kasabach also informed Red Brick tenants that they will face a 2 percent increase in rent starting next month. She acknowledged tenants’ frustrations about the lack of information from the council when the alleged theft was discovered this past summer. Kasabach said, because of the ongoing investigation, the nonprofit’s board will remain tight-lipped for the “indefinite” future.

 

The funds allegedly misappropriated represent rent, taxpayer money and government grants. The City of Aspen owns the arts center.