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Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life.


Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to show students that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  


She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 


Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Aspen Words

Author Christopher McDougall’s best-seller “Born To Run” looked at what an obscure tribe of elite runners in Mexico could teach ultra-marathoners. He’s in town Tuesday to discuss what it's like to run with a donkey.

Wheeler Opera House

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

A new space at the Aspen Art Museum aims to help people of all ages learn about contemporary art.

Elizabeth Strunk is the school, youth and family programs manager at the Aspen Art Museum. She says the Learning Lab on the museum's main floor is designed to be welcoming and educational.


"What we want this space to be," she said, "is a place where everybody can gain the knowledge and learn about at least one exhibition in the museum."

Will Breman, a semi-finalist on NBC’s reality singing competition “The Voice,” visits Aspen Saturday to perform at the annual Ascendigo Blue Aspen, hosted by a local nonprofit that supports those with autism and their families.

He brings with him a message about reshaping expectations for those on the spectrum. 

Aspen Chapel Gallery

The Aspen Chapel Gallery is packed to the gills for the new exhibit “Passages,” which opens Wednesday.

Work from seventeen local artists is on display; the gallery normally only exhibits work from around ten.

Caito Foster Photography

Four professional poets hold writing workshops in area schools this week. The goal is to get students to see poetry -- and themselves -- in a new light. 

Colorado Mountain College

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events. 

Carbondale Arts

A new study from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Census says that Colorado tops the nation when it comes to attending arts and culture events, like plays, concerts and art exhibits. 

The State‐Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns study, conducted once every five years, looks at how many adults participate in a wide variety of arts activities in each state.

Nancy Lovendahl

Nancy Lovendahl and Scott Keating have been partners in work and life for... well, even they can’t agree on how long. 

"Being two artists married for 45 years," said Keating, "and working together all that time—"


"Well, it’s more like thirty years," said Lovendahl.

Marble Historical Society

This weekend, visiting academics discuss how the geology of Marble and the Crystal River Valley shaped the area’s history at the Marble Museum Winter Open House. Five professors and authors will lead talks on everything from the Ute Indian and Redstone coal eras, to the geology of the West Elk Mountains. 

Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Tuesdays series kicks off this week with a glimpse at historic photo collections.

The event, titled Aspen in Focus, takes a look at the work of photographers from the 1880s through today. 


Courtesy Wheeler Opera House

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Monday, the town of Snowmass Village looks at whether to allow CBD companies to sponsor the JAS Labor Day Experience event.

Snowmass Village and Snowmass Tourism’s agreement with Jazz Aspen Snowmass requires town approval of all sponsors and vendors. In the past, the town has nixed sponsorships by cannabis-related businesses.


Wheeler Opera House

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council approved a request from the Wheeler Opera House to formalize the venue’s focus on the environment.

The venue has already eliminated disposable straws and single-use plastics for both audiences and visiting artists, and has a robust composting and recycling program.  


Courtesy Wheeler Opera House

Restaurateur and performer Mead Metcalfe started singing and playing the piano at his fine-dining restaurant, the Crystal Palace, in 1960. From there, the Crystal Palace Review grew, with more performers and an eye for take-no-prisoners satire until its end in 2008.

Lucas Marquardt

Poet Ada Limón visits Aspen Monday as a part of the Winter Words series. Her 2018 collection “The Carrying” delves into both the personal and the political. 

Courtesy Skye Gallery Aspen

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

The new “Art Saves Lives” scholarship is meant to encourage creative projects that address mental health issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. The scholarship was divided four ways in its inaugural year.

Part of the funds will go toward artist Charles Morris, whose project brings screenings of “The Mask You Live In” to area libraries.

Basalt Public Arts Commission

Basalt town council is considering cutting the little-used “One Percent For The Arts” program. It was intended to help fund the town’s public art, but officials say it’s proven impractical. 

At a council meeting last week, town manager Ryan Mahoney said that the program, which requires one percent of the cost of constructing or remodeling town buildings go toward public art, was a good concept, in theory. 

Courtesy Bob Moore

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Andrea Wallace

Anderson Ranch director of photography and new media Andrea Wallace has been taking pictures of her son and his best friend for the past decade, as part of a project that looks at boyhood, friendship and the construction of gender.

Center for Disease Control

Garfield County is increasing efforts to get people vaccinated in the face of a hepatitis A outbreak in Colorado.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that typically affects drug users, people experiencing homelessness and men who are sexually active with other men. The risk of illness to the general public is low. It causes nausea and vomiting for weeks or even months. 


5Point Film Festival

5Point Aspen returns to the Wheeler Opera House this weekend with two nights of short films about outdoor adventurers of all shapes and sizes. The program includes a film about local Olympian Alex Ferreira that’s less about skiing into a halfpipe, and more about stepping into another culture.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Earlier this week, Red Brick Center for the Arts executive director Sarah Roy was in the long hallway of the gallery lighting the artwork for the 2020 Colorado Juried exhibit. She meticulously directed spotlights, moving one an inch higher, shifting others a bit to the left or right, on nearly forty different works from artists all over the state.

Michael Bonds / Aspen Chapel Gallery

Artwork from area high school students is up for “adoption” at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show "6 X 17" supports art departments at six local high schools: Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Glenwood Springs and Yampah Mountain.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about an officer-involved shooting that closed down I-70 on Saturday. 

In the early afternoon, the Glenwood Springs Police Department received reports of a man who robbed the El Azteca store in West Glenwood Springs. He was later identified as 43-year-old Eric Reynolds of New Castle.  Officers located Reynolds in a car on I-70 near New Castle and attempted to stop it, leading to a high-speed highway pursuit.

Garfield County

Health-care cooperative Peak Health Alliance holds two meetings in the area this week as part of a Garfield County effort to lower insurance premiums for residents.  

Nonprofit Peak Health Alliance, which got its start in Summit County, bargains with health insurance carriers on behalf of its members, which include individuals and businesses. 


The Art Base

Welcome to another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events. 

Aspen Art Museum

Soupskol, the competition where local restaurants dole out samples of soups and stews to the public, who then vote on their favorite, returns Friday. The event is coming in out of the cold -- it used to take place outside in downtown Aspen -- and is now at the So Cafe at the Aspen Art Museum.