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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.

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.

Alan Nahigian

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

Alleghany Meadows

A new artists’ workspace opens up in Carbondale this week. TheDigs is a sister project to the Studio for Arts and Works, or SAW. The name comes from the building’s former use as offices for an excavation company.

Aspen Film

At the 28th annual Academy Screenings, which run Saturday through Tuesday, Aspen audiences can catch films likely to be Oscar contenders this year.

The festival opens Saturday with “Bombshell,” starring Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie as news anchors who came forward about sexual harassment by Fox News creator Roger Ailes.

While that hit theatres in December, Aspen Film’s executive and artistic director Susan Wrubel says Academy Screenings offers an early look at a number of other films. 

Aspen Art Museum

Art meets mindfulness at the Aspen Art Museum this weekend when Roaring Fork Insight leads an event that uses contemporary art as a jumping-off point for meditation. 

Lisa Goddard founded the organization, which works to bring mindfulness practices to the community. 

City of Aspen

Lots of people may be setting resolutions as they look forward to a new year. For those who also need a little help moving on from the past, the City of Aspen hosts a new “Let It Go” bonfire Tuesday night.

Community members are invited to write down old resolutions or unmet goals and drop them off at locations around town, including the Red Brick Center for the Arts, the Wheeler Opera House and City Hall. 

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

Nick Ketpura

On a busy day at the Aspen Art Museum, a line of people stand outside the ten-by-ten foot stainless steel cube that houses “Where The Lights In My Heart Go,” by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Kusama’s Infinity Rooms use mirrors and pinholes of light to create the illusion of an expansive, immersive space.


The Art Base

Aspen Institute curator Lissa Ballinger will now also help choose exhibitions for the Art Base in Basalt.

Ballinger has worked in the art world for 20 years and spearheaded the Roaring Fork Valley’s celebration of the Bauhaus in 2019. 

Carbondale Arts

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or RFTA, has been nominated for a state arts award for its work on Carbondale’s Rio Grande ARTWay.

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts selected RFTA as one of 12 nominees for this year’s Business for the Arts Award.


For those struggling with grief or mental health issues like depression, the holiday season can be particularly difficult. Jill Davis is a peer specialist with Mind Springs Health, which offers counseling services on the Western Slope.  

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.


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A non-releasable golden eagle from Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Del Norte, Colorado, has taken up residence at its new home at Hallam Lake. The eagle was found with a broken wing approximately 30 miles from Great Sand Dunes National Park in November 2018.

Local band Let Them Roar performs two special winter solstice shows Friday and Saturday at Steve's Guitars in Carbondale.

They’ll play what they’re calling “a continuous soundscape,” immersed in complete darkness.

Julia Hedman teaches skiing by day and designs jewelry by night.  Her work gets its debut at Aspen’s Harvey Preston Gallery on Wednesday.  

In her line “Julia Marie,” Hedman focuses on shapes and materials inspired by nature. She says she wants her work to stand in contrast to mass-produced items.