Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Each month, Aspen Public Radio highlights a different non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley with a new feature, "Non-Profit in the Spotlight". These organizations support our community through the promotion of arts, music, animal well-being, education, environmental stewardship, social support and more. Tune in every week for a new episode focusing on a different aspect of each organization throughout the month.

If you know, or are part of, a local non-profit organization that would like to be featured on Aspen Public Radio's "Non-Profit in the Spotlight", please contact Cornelia Carpenter at cornelia@aspenpublicradio.org or (970) 920-9000.

This program is intended to highlight organizations that have limited budgets and operate primarily in the Roaring Fork Valley and are licensed as 501(c)(3) organizations.

Jamie Cundiff is the Forest Programs Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). In 2012, For the Forest merged with ACES to create a powerful voice for more than just the trees of the Roaring Fork Valley, but also for those in Colorado and the West. Cundiff explains the actions ACES is taking to ensure the health of the forests in the valley, as well as large-scale projects designed to predict the future of forests and tree species based on different carbon out-puts in the coming decades.

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has been an advocate for environmental education for over 45 years. Arin Trook is the Education Director, and is in charge of the in-school ACES programs in schools between between Aspen and Rifle. Trook explains the importance of environmental education and his  goals for future expansion.

Chris Lane, the CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), shares the history, mission, sites, and summer programs of the non-profit organization. ACES manages 500 acres of land - some of which is located at Hallam Lake in Aspen, Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, Spring Creek up the Frying Pan, and the Catto Center at Toklat, located at the ghostown of Ashcroft. There are multiple kids camps, adult workshops, and tours going on everyday, making summer at ACES anything but boring. 

Learn more about ACES and ACES summer programs on visit their website: www.aspennature.org

The Carbondale Clay Center has been a central player in Carbondale's art community for 17 years. Still, like many non-profit organizations, there's a desire to expand, grow, and improve. Executive Director Jill Oberman, Ceramicist Alex Knipe, Founder Diane Keanie, and Board Advisor, Doug Casebeer, discuss the future of the clay center. 

To learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center, visit their website: www.carbondaleclay.org

In the art world, scoring a residency is a big deal. The Carbondale Clay Center accepts four artists every year to come work at their studios in Carbondale. Alex Knipe was a resident in 2006, and after taking some time to earn her MFA and study in Turkey on a Fulbright research grant, she finds herself back in Carbondale. Knipe discusses how the center's residency changed her life, professionally and creatively, and Executive Director, Jill Oberman, shares the importance of residencies for emerging artists. 

Learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center and their residency program on their website:  www.carbondaleclay.org

Jill Oberman, Executive Director, Alex Knipe, ceramicist and teacher, and Diane Keanie, Founding Director, all of the Carbondale Clay Center, discuss the importance of art. The Center is an important institution in the Carbondale art scene. The center offers classes, residencies, a gallery space, private lessons, and drop-in workshops for all ages and ability levels. The center is open to everyone and aims to help foster creativity and get people excited to get their hands dirty. 

Visit www.CarbondaleClay.org to learn more about the Carbondale Clay Center's programs and how you can get your hands muddy. 

Carbondale Clay Center has been a fixture in Carbondale's art community for 17 years. Founding Director, Diane Keanie, and Advisor to the Board of Directors, Doug Casebeer, share the history of the clay center and how the center has become an asset to the community. 

To learn more about the history and programs of the Carbondale Clay Center, visit their website: www.carbondaleclay.org.

In the last report on Aspen Journalism, a non-profit news organization, we speak with founder and director, Brent Gardner-Smith, local news editor, Andy Stone, and Board President, Tim McFlynn. Aspen Journalism's Advisory Board  is made up of prominent local news editors from around the Roaring Fork Valley. Their role is to keep Aspen Journalism involved with the community and make sure the reporting is in line with the organization's mission. We also discuss funding and the future of Aspen Journalism. 

Learn more about Aspen Journalism by visiting their website: www.aspenjournalism.org

When the Internet began its exponential growth from a seedling to a colossal network, the demand for daily, quick reads increased. Readers were consuming the amount of information coming over the Internet faster than journalists could write it. This resulted in the down-sizing of the industry, and some of the causalities were investigative journalists. That's where Aspen Journalism, a non -profit local news organization, comes in. A handful of locally acclaimed, freelance journalists cover key topics in the Roaring Fork Valley: Water, Land, Education, Economics and the Ski Industry. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith, and Advisory Board Member, Andy Stone, speak. 

Visit AspenJournalism.org to learn more about Aspen Journalism. 

Aspen Journalism might be young, only into its 4th year, but the non-profit organization has already established itself in the valley's media family. What sets Aspen Journalism apart from the daily newspapers, news channels and public radio stations is the dedication of time and resources into the stories produced. Founder and Director, Brent Gardner-Smith explains why the organization puts such an emphasis on in-depth reporting and the key topics the organization focuses on. Board President, Tim McFlynn, also contributes. 

Visit the Aspen Journalism website to learn more:

www.AspenJournalism.org

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