The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.

This year’s ski passes are decorated again in collaboration between the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Skiing Company.

Three information kiosks will be stationed at the Launchpad, The Third Street Center, and later at The Village Smithy today. More will be installed next year.


The stations will provide information about creative businesses and hotels, as well as local events. It’s part of an effort to promote Carbondale’s Creative District. It’s a state designation that helps fund and support creative economies.

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Heidi Zuckerman saw the value of going outside of the valley when she became the chief curator at Aspen Art Museum over a decade ago. At the time, the largest donation in the museum’s history was $75,000. Now, more than two dozen individuals have handed over at least $1 million, according to the Denver Post.

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Matt Miazgowicz is one of the actors in the play, “Rock the Presidents”. It’s a show designed to teach children up to middle school age about American presidents. All of them are named at least once. Miazgowicz spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about the show before it’s performed at the Wheeler Opera House Tuesday.

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The search for members of a governance council that will lead Carbondale’s Creative District is continuing this week.

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  Genna Moe has been a mainstay in the Roaring Fork Valley arts community for almost ten years. She ran children’s programs at the Aspen Art Museum. She worked at the Wheeler Opera House.

Rebecca Mirsky is the Development Director at Wilderness Workshop, and oversees the Artist in Wilderness Program. The program invites artists for a one-week residency in the Aspen area, where they create art inspired by the places that Wilderness Workshop is working to protect. Mirsky also discusses the organization's summer guided hike series, local lecture series, and volunteer opportunities.

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Colorado has the most creative people in the country, according to a nationwide study from the National Endowment for the arts. 65 percent of Coloradans “personally perform or create artworks,” according to the research.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is presenting his book, The Opposite of Woe: Life in Beer and Politics, this afternoon at Explore Booksellers in Aspen

This week at Anderson Ranch I talk to Jessica Cerise and Liz Ferrill to talk about the ArtWorks Store. The ArtWorks Store is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. Non-summer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.  

 The Aspen Art Museum held its annual ArtCrush fundraising event on Friday. The museum netted $2.5 million, and was exactly what was expected, according to Aspen Art Museum CEO Heidi Zuckerman. That number is the same compared to last year’s event.

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There’s a bridge in Rifle that runs over a stream. On the two main support columns are two very different visual elements. On one side, mud smeared everywhere — graffiti style. On the other side? Rifle’s latest piece of public art.

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explore. evolve. elevate. opens tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.


Ceramic artist Michael Bonds is featured in the show, as well as Molly Peacock. The exhibition also includes a retrospective on the work of Betty Weiss, who passed away in November.


Weiss had a studio in the Red Brick for almost two decades. Red Brick executive director Angie Callen told Aspen Public Radio in November the 90-year-old artist was an institution in the building.


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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

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The book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, is a strong point of motivation for Tony Lewis. It’s also a strong area of contention. Lewis found the book in his mother’s bathroom.

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The Aspen Institute announced its artists-in-residence yesterday. Opera singer Renée Fleming and sculptor Theaster Gates will come to Aspen this summer for the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as to participate in other Aspen Institute events nationally.

If you visit the town of Marble this summer, tucked into the woods right off the main road, you'll notice a flurry of marble dust, the roar of power tools, and over 60 artists working on marble sculptures. This is the MARBLE/Marble Symposium and Joshua Weiner, a professional sculptor, has been actively involved for 23 years.

Weiner discusses the culture of the organization and the easygoing nature of the symposiums, and how his time spent with the symposium has transformed his own work. 

Mark Browning is a sculptor and an active member of the MARBLE/Marble Symposium summer crew. He runs the kitchen during the summer workshops, but finds lots of time to interact with the symposium participants and work on his own sculptures. 

Browning shares his personal experiences with the symposium and the importance of the organization for the town of Marble and greater art communities. More information about the symposiums can be found at   

The MARBLE/Marble Symposium is a series of three week long sessions where sculptors of all ages and abilities come to the town of Marble to carve. Founder Madeline Weiner and Sculptor Dawn Record discuss the symposium, participants, and power of carving marble stone. 

Registration is now open for summer symposiums and tours are available for visitors. More information at