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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.

Carbondale Arts

Carbondale’s 48th Mountain Fair starts Friday.  The festival, which includes art vendors and live music, also aims to emphasize diversity and inclusion.  


Mountain Fair’s theme this year is “Rainbow Connection.”  Nonprofit Carbondale Arts organizes the three-day festival, and partnered with three LGBTQ advocacy groups: AspenOUT, Gay For Good and One Colorado. 


Featuring David Brooks, executive director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at The Aspen Institute, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and author of The Second Mountain in conversation with Dan Porterfield, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute.

Featuring Alice Waters, executive chef, founder and owner of Chez Panisse in conversation with Corby Kummer, executive director of the Food & Society Program at The Aspen Institute and editor in chief of IDEAS: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute. 

Red Brick Center For The Arts

Three local artists come together for a mixed media show opening tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. “Odyssey Collective” celebrates artistic collaboration.  

John Cohorst, Chris Erickson and Andrew Roberts-Gray have worked in close proximity at SAW Studios in Carbondale for the last few years. They’ve shared ideas about art and techniques as well as science fiction and film. 



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

Marci Krivonen

We-Cycle’s bike share system is already in Aspen and Basalt.  Now, it wants to expand to Carbondale. At a work session last week, the town took a step toward making that happen.  


Carbondale granted We-Cycle’s request to include a $30,000 placeholder in their 2020 draft budget.  We-Cycle asked for the placeholder to help it raise the rest of the money needed to place its bikes throughout the town. 


Eleanor Bennett

Walk in the Catto Center at Toklat in the Castle Creek valley near Aspen, and you’ll see colorful weavings lining every wall and stacked in tall piles in every corner.  Artist-in-residence Elena Gonzales Ruiz has been bringing her traditional textiles from Mexico to Toklat for the past thirty years. 

Craig Kopp will join Aspen Public Radio next month to serve as managing editor. Kopp is an award-winning media professional with 45 years of experience in radio, television and print.



He comes to the Roaring Fork Valley from Tampa, FL., where he served as general manager at community radio station WMNF. Kopp also taught podcasting at the University of South Florida’s Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.


Aspen Art Museum

This year, the Roaring Fork Valley celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus design school.  Wednesday, locals have the chance to hear from the architect of a new museum in Weimar, Germany, where the Bauhaus was born. 


The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is a minimalist concrete structure that embodies the Bauhaus principles of simple, functional design.  


The Arts Campus At Willits

Basalt has approved almost a million dollars to go toward construction of The Contemporary, a new performing arts venue in Willits. 

The money comes from a real-estate transfer tax on sales in Willits. Last week, council freed up those funds for The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, to use in building the new venue. 


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

Monday is the deadline for seniors and disabled veterans in Colorado to apply for a property tax exemption.

Fifty percent of the first $200,000 of a home’s value is exempt from property tax for anyone over the age of 65 in Colorado, as long as they’ve lived in the home for at least ten years.


Rescue personnel are working to retrieve the body of a man who fell to his death on a Colorado peak.

The Aspen Daily News reports the 61-year-old climber fell about 200 feet (61 meters) Wednesday on South Maroon Peak in the Elk Mountains near Aspen.



The Aspen Institute

Herbert Bayer of the Bauhaus school of design worked in multiple fields, including painting, graphic design and architecture.  A new exhibit looks at how his versatility helped him design the campus of the Aspen Institute. 

The exhibition, called "A Total Work of Art: Bauhaus-Bayer-Aspen,” looks at the work Bayer did both during and after his time at the Bauhaus, and how that influenced the campus.

A Roaring Fork Valley local brings her movie about real-life vampires home this week. Naomi McDougall-Jones wants to break the mold when it comes to promoting indie films. 

McDougall-Jones wrote and stars in the film “Bite Me.” It’s a love story between a vampire and an IRS agent.  



Tuesday, Aspen Words and the Pitkin County Library host a discussion about mass incarceration and criminal justice reform. It’s the culmination of a community read of “An American Marriage,” which won this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize. 

The novel explores the criminal justice system through the eyes of an African-American man whose relationships are upended when he’s jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. 


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

Monday, Explore Booksellers in Aspen hosts a discussion between Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, and Teddy Warria. They will speak about the Mandela legacy and how today's young people can address social issues. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Explore.


Morning newscast for Friday, July 5, 2019. 

Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

The Powers Art Center outside of Carbondale offers deep dives into the work of just a few artists.  The museum is celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer with new collections.   

Isabel Butler / Anderson Ranch

Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby visited Anderson Ranch Arts Center last week.  In her large-scale paintings, she captures scenes of multiple cultures coming together. She received a Macarthur Genius Grant in 2017 for breaking new ground in portraying the immigrant experience in her art.

the artist

Two new exhibits open at the Aspen Art Museum Wednesday. 

Artist Rashid Johnson is best known for work that includes collage, painting and sculpture.  His solo exhibition, “The Hikers,” also has a new element of performance, a choreographed dance, along with his existing visual work. 


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

One year ago, on June 3, 2018, the Lake Christine fire started at the Basalt shooting range. It eventually burned over 12,000 acres, forced thousands of residents to evacuate and destroyed three homes.  Fire officials say, now, it’s time for homeowners to take action before another fire.

Ross Kribbs

Joshua Johnson and the 1A team visited Aspen Public Radio's lawn party at the Red Brick Center for the Arts last week.  

Host Johnson and the show's executive producer, Rupert Allman, took questions from Aspen Public Radio reporter Christin Kay about what goes on behind the scenes of 1A and about the show's mission to include the voices and stories of its listeners.  


Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies.

Grizzly bears are protected as a threatened species outside Alaska. An estimated 1,900 bears live in portions of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington state.


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

Sean MacEntee

High-speed internet service is like water in a pipe, and in some parts of the Roaring Fork Valley, internet speeds are more of a slow drip than a steady flow.  Pitkin County is working to change that. On Monday, new, high-speed internet service becomes available in some harder-to-reach places. 

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In resort communities, the pressure to be, or, at least appear, happy can make some people less likely to talk about feeling depressed or lonely.  Therapist and author Lori Gottlieb encourages people to be honest about the fact that life’s not perfect.

Her new book “Maybe You Should Talk To Someone” details her experiences working with four of her patients.

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

The Aspen Ideas Health conference has a new series of discussions that focus on local issues.

It kicks off with a look at the Roaring Fork Valley’s affordable housing crisis and its potential impacts on residents’ health.  


The other two discussions will explore the emotional toll of climate change and how to support the mental health of first responders.


Aspen Words

Tayari Jones won the Aspen Words literary prize earlier this year for her novel “An American Marriage.” She speaks in Aspen Tuesday as a part of the weeklong writing conference Summer Words.  

“An American Marriage” is about an African-American man whose relationships are upended when he’s jailed for a crime he didn’t commit.  The novel delves into an unjust criminal justice system and racism.