Arts & Culture Desk

Aspen Public Radio, the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier public media organization, announces the creation of the Arts and Culture Desk, expanding APR’s arts coverage on both radio and digital platforms. Creation of the new Arts and Culture Desk is a part of APR’s ongoing strategic plan to better meet the needs of our audience in the 21st century.

Arts have been at the center of the Aspen Idea for 60 years and play a tremendous role in the civic and cultural life of the Roaring Fork Valley, and through the creation of the Arts and Culture Desk, APR is now positioned to expand and deepen its coverage of the arts. Reports from the desk will highlight the importance and relevance of arts, artists and arts organizations from all media and make the arts more accessible to our audience.

"The Arts and Culture Desk at Aspen Public Radio is supported by the Stefan Edlis & Gael Neeson Foundation supporting arts, communication, and outreach."

Aspen Snowmass

The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.

 

The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.

 

The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.

 

Powers Art Center: Contemporary Museum In A Cow Pasture

Aug 13, 2014
Marci Krivonen

While everyone’s eyes have been on the opening of the Aspen Art Museum, another local art center opened this summer. The Powers Art Center near Carbondale features the work of just one artist, Jasper Johns, an influential and highly recognized pop artist. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the building that houses Johns’ works is artwork, itself.

Carbondale Works To Become A "Creative District"

Jul 15, 2014
Marci Krivonen

Colorado is working on growing its “creative industry,” and a Roaring Fork Valley community is part of the effort. Last month Carbondale was selected to be a candidate for a Creative District program. It highlights towns where the arts is the focus. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Elise Thatcher

The Wanderlust yoga festival wrapped up in Snowmass Village on Sunday, with everything from conventional classes to rafting and biking. There was a newer kind of yoga, too. APR's Elise Thatcher went to check out what’s being called suspension yoga. 

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen Art Museum is arguably one of the most anticipated new structures in town.  When it opens later this summer it will be with a days-long celebration of contemporary art, Aspen and of the building itself.  Some say it's the most important building in Aspen in a century, while others call it a monstrosity.  Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, the space will be public.  Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen took a tour.

damnationfilm.com

  What happens when an outdoor clothing company makes a film? Fish, dams, and a conservation message are front and center. The movie is titled DamNation, and shows in Carbondale this weekend at the Five Point Film Festival. It’ll be the first showing in Colorado.

Featured Poets

Apr 15, 2014
Roger Adams

  Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.  From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.  Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words. 

Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings.  One of the highlights of these monthly live poetry readings is a featured poet; sometimes local poets other times poets visiting to read their work.

Speaking Through Paint

Nov 5, 2013
Wyly Community Art Center

The artworks of a newly discovered artist go on display tomorrow (11/6/2013) at the Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt.  The 25 works by Winifred Carol Wyman are an explosion of luxuriant color.  The paintings depict figures that alternate between ferocious and serene postures, all done with dauntless brushstrokes of thick heavy paint.  The work commands a viewer’s attention.  Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

“Winifred is a very unique artist.  She’s completely self-taught.”

Painting the Soul

Jun 20, 2013
Roger Adams

For the past few days an elderly man has been painting a series of small and large watercolors of the Roaring Fork River and scenes of the valley.  The paintings include a number that were first sketched in a small airplane as it circled around the Maroon Bells and above Independence Pass.  The painter is Don Nice and tomorrow in Basalt a showing of his work will go up in the Ann Korologos Gallery.  Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams spoke with Nice about his work and prepared this report.

Elise Thatcher

It’s coming down to the wire for the new Aspen Music Festival and School. Workers are cranking on finishing up construction and landscaping for the sixty-five million dollar project. It’s supposed to be mostly done by this Friday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher toured the new digs last week has this report.

Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He carefully tip-toes his way across fresh dirt, pipelines and around a pond...finally he stops and points toward three striking buildings that overlook the water.