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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.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado is investing millions of dollars in the arts throughout the state. The money supports film, public art programs and the state’s creative district program, which tries to help rural economies grow through the arts. In the Roaring Fork Valley, municipalities are figuring out ways to incorporate public art, and make their towns a great place to support artists. In just the past month, the relationship between the arts and government has evolved.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Tonight, Aspen City Council will hear from the Parks Department about how to handle new public art pieces and the installation process.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

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.

Public art is becoming more popular in communities throughout the country. And in the next two weeks, more than a dozen pieces are going up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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. 

Carbondale Installs New Public Art This Week

Jun 2, 2014
Carbondale Public Arts Commission

Carbondale will get several new pieces of public art this week. The sculptures from around the country will dot busy intersections and sidewalks. It’s the 12th year of the Art Around Town exhibition and, once erected, the sculptures stay in place for a full year. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Sue Edelstein, a member of the Town-appointed Public Arts Commission. She says 60 artists submitted work and thirteen pieces were chosen.