Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 4

Apr 21, 2014

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

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 3

Apr 14, 2014

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. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 2

Apr 7, 2014

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

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Journalism, Part 1

Mar 31, 2014

Three years ago, longtime Aspen local and well-known journalist, Brent Gardner-Smith, looked at the news landscape in the valley and determined it was lacking in investigative stories.   With that in mind, he launched Aspen Journalism. The model of a non-profit news organization in the Roaring Fork Valley was something Gardner-Smith envisioned in grad school, and established after an internship with Pro Publica, one of the nation's largest independent news agencies. Board President Tim McFlynn also contributes in the first part of Aspen Public Radio's Non-Proift in the Spotlight

Visit AspenJournalism.org to learn more, read stories and meet the team. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 4

Mar 24, 2014

Chris Tribble, founder and director of Carbondale's True Media Foundation, discusses the future of media and how his foundation is working to educate students in new technology while encouraging the art of good storytelling though video media. In April, students in the after-school program, BeHeard!, are going to film and broadcast a live panel discussing the effects of legal marijuana and its impact on teenagers. This production is in collaboration with Youth Zone. Dana Marlatt, board secretary and administrator of True Media, and Patricia Petit-Blair, a student filmmaker with BeHeard!, also share details about the live broadcast. 

Learn more about the True Media Foundation

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 3

Mar 17, 2014

Terra Martellaro is a former student of True Media Foundation's after-school program, BeHeard!. She recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a focus on filmmaking. She shares her favorite memories and projects from the BeHeard! program, and how the skills taught in the program have helped her in the professional world of film media. Her journey of filmmaking has taken her from the Aspen Institute's late Environment Forum to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. True Media Foundation founder and director, Chris Tribble, also joins. 

Learn more about the True Media Foundation and the BeHeard! program. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 2

Mar 10, 2014

The True Media Foundation's mission is to teach teenagers how to make video media with positive social messaging. High school students from Basalt to Silt can sign-up for the Foundation's  after-school program, BeHeard! where they learn how to work with cameras and audio equipment. Students also learn how to plan, write and organize their own documentary films, focused on topics of interest in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: True Media Foundation, Part 1

Mar 3, 2014

 The True Media Foundation is based in Carbondale and is dedicated to teaching teenagers how to make media with social value. Chris Tribble, founder and director of True Media, shares the history of the organization and how it evolved from a successful video "mini-series" to a non-profit organization. Dana Marlatt, secretary of the board and an administrator for the foundation, also shares in the first part of a series on the True Media Foundation. 

Learn more about the True Media Foundation

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 4

Feb 24, 2014

In an effort to increase awareness and promote further academic understanding and research on global climate change, the Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) has teamed up with Colorado Mountain College to create an online database titled From the Horses Mouth. This resource is geared toward high school and undergraduate science classes. The database contains video and research from workshops and conferences hosted by AGCI. The subjects range from butterflies to atmospheric chemistry. 

Elise Osenga, a Research Associate for AGCI, and James Arnott, AGCI's Program Director, discuss the new database, its importance in the scientific community, and ways AGCI is looking forward and preparing for the uncertain future of climate change. 

Visit From the Horses Mouth or learn more about AGCI

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 3

Feb 17, 2014

Due to climate change being a global issue, organizations like the Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) need to have feelers all over the country. In 2013, AGCI opened an office in Washington D.C. where Program Director, James Arnott is now based. Arnott discusses AGCI's role in the nation's capital and John Katzenberger, AGCI's co-founder and director, explains the positive steps being made in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Learn more about AGCI by visiting their website

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 2

Feb 10, 2014

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) embraces The Aspen Idea, the Paepcke's vision of bringing the world's great thinkers in the arts and sciences to Aspen, a neutral location, where they can escape their daily routines while communing with nature. In this setting, new conversations and ideas emerge, providing important new tools for the advancement of science. 

John Katzenberger, co-founder and director of AGCI, explains why this idea works and how it is implemented in the workshops AGCI hosts throughout the year with the world's top scientists. James Arnott, AGCI Program Director, and Elise Osenga, Research Associate for AGCI, also contribute. 

To learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute, visit their website

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 1

Feb 3, 2014

    

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) is a small non-profit organization based out of Basalt. Despite their size, AGCI packs a punch in the science community and has a goal to protect the natural well-being of the Roaring Fork Valley and the of the Earth as a whole.  

John Katzenberger, co-founder and Director of AGCI, and James Arnott, Program Director of AGCI, share the organization's history and mission to "further the scientific understanding of Earth's systems and global environmental change through interdisciplinary scientific workshops, educational programs, and publications and videos about global change science".

Visit www.agci.org to learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 4

Jan 27, 2014

Kathy Klug, Adam Frisch, Lori Pevny, Robin Smith, Matt Hamilton and Oliver Sharpe…names you’ve likely heard in the Roaring Fork Valley. These six local “celebrities” will face off in the Aspen Youth Center's Spell What?! spelling contest on February 6th at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.

 

Keith Berglund, Executive Director of the  

Aspen Youth Center, and Oliver Sharpe, reining Spell What?! champion and 2014 competitor discuss the event. Learn more about Spell What?! HERE.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 3

Jan 20, 2014

Jace Conflenti, an Aspen local and recent graduate of Aspen High School, spent time at the Aspen Youth Center while in middle and high school. He is now in his first year at the University of Colorado and works as a staff member during his summer and winter breaks from school. Conflenti shares stories of his time at AYC, both as a kid and now, as a staff member.  Executive Director Keith Berglund also joins in this episode of Non-Profit in the Spotlight. To learn more about the Aspen Youth Center, visit their website

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 2

Jan 13, 2014

Located in the Aspen Recreation Center, the Aspen Youth Center has provided over 5,000 children a place to call their own. The non-profit has open doors to all children in grades 4 - 12 during after school hours and school vacations. Maureen Sharaf, President of the AYC Board of Directors, and Keith Berglund, Executive Director, discuss the center's challenges and the overall importance of the center for the Aspen community. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Youth Center, Part 1

Jan 6, 2014

The Aspen Youth Center is a big part of childhood in Aspen, almost every child in the Aspen School District, dating as far back as the 1980's, has had some encounter with the youth center. Longtime board-member and Aspen local, Sue Smedstad, shares the history of the youth center and the different forms the center has taken since it was first conceptualized in the 1960's. Aspen Youth Center Executive Director, Keith Berglund, also joins.

To learn more about the Aspen Youth Center, visit their website.   

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 4

Dec 23, 2013

Rodney Jacobs, President, and Margorie DeLuca, board member, of Wheeler Associates discuss the importance of the Wheeler Associates to the Wheeler Opera House. The Wheeler Associates is a membership-based organization and membership dollars go into funding projects to maintain and improve the Wheeler Opera House, including the new seats featured in the 2013 renovation. 

Learn more about The Wheeler Associates.

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 3

Dec 16, 2013

On December 21st, the Wheeler Associates and the Wheeler Opera House will co-present a performance by Burt Bacharach. Josh Berhman, Aspen local and an active board member for the Wheeler Associates, a non-profit organization, discusses the event, which will commemorate the Associate's 30th anniversary and celebrate the re-opening of the newly renovated Wheeler Opera House.  

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 2

Dec 9, 2013

Bob Murray, a founding member of the Wheeler Associates, discusses the history of the non-profit and the early projects the Associates worked on with the Wheeler Opera House. On December 21, 2013, the historic Wheeler Opera House will re-open after undergoing renovations to the balcony and an upgraded digital film projector. Murray shares his memories of the opening night in 1984 after a similar type of renovation to the opera house. 

Visit the Wheeler Associates website to learn more. 

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Wheeler Associates, Part 1

Dec 2, 2013

Whether you have lived in the Valley for months or years, chances are, you know the Wheeler Opera House. The iconic performance space opened in 1889. After surviving Aspen's quiet years, a damaging fire and several restorations, the stage of the opera house continues to serve up musical and theatrical performances. The opera house is now owned and operated by the City of Aspen, but members of the non-profit Wheeler Associates, work to keep the opera house a community resources. The associates bring a variety of entertainment at affordable prices to benefit the community. This week, board-member Josh Berhman discusses past and future productions and shows brought in by the Wheeler Associates.

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