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Art Base head reflects after first year

Patrick Fort
Aspen Public Radio

  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.

Last summer, she needed to change things up. She wanted to get back to her roots in the visual art.

“I had been working in Aspen for the last eight years and loved it — learned a ton,” said Moe. “But, in many ways, the places I’d worked had been well established.”


She wanted to be able to put her own spin on something. One day, she found a job posting for the position of executive director at what was once called the Wyly Art Center.


“I knew that I wanted it, but I knew it was going to be a big job,” she said. “I was like, ‘I better think about this first.’


Genna Moe grew up in Berkeley California. She went to the University of Washington to study art. There she interned at the university hospital’s curatorial department — a place that chose art for the hospital to improve patient’s stays.


That connection between art and how it affects people, she said, was the main draw for the position at the Art Base.


Since she was hired as executive director in September of 2015, she’s done some big things, including overseeing a name change from the Wyly Art Center, to the Art Base.

“I’m really proud of the whole team, the board, the staff,” she said. “I’m really proud of everything we’ve been able to do.”

Patrick Fort grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, nurturing a love for ice hockey and deli sandwiches. After moving to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado to study music, Patrick discovered his love for journalism. In 2013, Patrick created and hosted the award-winning radio program Colorado Stories, a news program that covered CU and the surrounding community. An avid mountain and road cyclist, Patrick also referees youth ice hockey. He loves '60s pop bands and and trying new recipes ranging from milk-braised carnitas to flourless cakes.
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