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Kirsten Dobroth

Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture Reporter

"I have six years of professional experience as a journalist in Vail, Colorado—both as a freelance writer, and as the Digital Editor for Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine where I oversaw overall digital strategy and vastly increased site traffic."

"During my two years with the magazine, I contributed all digital content to the site, and served in an assistant editor capacity within our small office; I've been a fact-checker, assisted with issue development, pitched ideas for different departments, developed photography assignment lists, and have attended events on behalf of the magazine."

The Arts & Culture Desk is generously supported by the Edlis Neeson Foundation.

Courtesy Opera Gallery Aspen


This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual exhibits and events around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Town of Carbondale

Earlier this week, Carbondale officials launched a campaign encouraging residents to wear face coverings in public due to COVID-19. 

Courtesy Aspen Art Museum

Project presentations for the conclusion of Aspen Art Museum’s Artist Fellowship will be held virtually on Thursday, with the program's four artist fellows presenting their work online.

Courtesy Aspen Film

 

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

Courtesy The Art Base


    

With COVID-19 cancelling in-person classes and exhibits, Basalt’s Art Base is finding ways to bring people into its gallery virtually, and get art out into the community.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Get Glenwood Going Grant (G4) Applications Available 

Friday, May 15 – The City of Glenwood Springs, Downtown Development Authority and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Foundation are announcing the Get Glenwood Going Grant for business relief. The G4 program was created to provide rent, utility or mortgage interest relief for businesses. Businesses within the city limits of Glenwood Springs can qualify for up to $4,000. 

Courtesy ACES/Samantha Stovall


 Bird watchers worldwide say they're hearing more birds lately. That's partly true; according to ornithologists, less ambient noise due to COVID-19 shutdowns means that local songbirds don't have to compete with things like traffic and airplanes. When they're chirping outside your window, it's not that there's more of them, but you can hear them more clearly.

Courtesy Aspen Film

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on arts and entertainment schedules across the world; the Roaring Fork Valley is no exception. Neither is Aspen Film, which had to stream its annual ShortsFest due to the virus. During ShortsFest, the organization typically runs Making Movies Matter, an in-class program that connects filmmakers to local students. 

Courtesy Thunder River Theatre Company

Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company is streaming Thurday's annual ExtravaGala! online due to COVID-19. Stand-up comedy, dance numbers and a call-in from Broadway star Beth Malone are all on the playbill. The event's organizers say that despite some of the challenges of bringing the annual variety show to life online, theatre in any form is important right now.

Pitkin County

The Pitkin County Board of Public Health voted Tuesday to ease some of the current stay-at-home rules as part of the county's Roadmap to Reopening. The plan has been developed with input from the Medical Advisory Team of Aspen Valley Hospital. On Saturday, May 9, Pitkin County residents can expect to see some of the stay-at-home restrictions dialed back as the county begins to fall in line with the state's Safer-at-Home policies.

Sue Sharpe

Colorado is slowly lifting restrictions on retailers, salons and other businesses. It's part of the state's transition from Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home, a move that Governor Jared Polis said is meant to help the state enter a more sustainable, long-term phase of social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Glenwood Springs Opens Tennis and Pickleball Courts, Skate and Whitewater Parks

The City of Glenwood Springs has opened public tennis and pickleball courts, the skate park and the whitewater park under Safer-at-Home guidelines. The city said those facilities will be closed if people do not adhere to specific regulations, which can be found here.

Courtesy The Arts Campus at Willits


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

Courtesy of the Town of Carbondale


The First Friday of the month in Carbondale is typically one big party; traffic is detoured around downtown, and crowds filter in and out of shops and galleries on Main Street. You might even see a flash mob pop up in the midst of it all. Carbondale’s First Friday celebrations have been paused due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped organizers and revelers from celebrating virtually.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Roaring Fork Valley art centers, galleries and museums are offering ways to tap into creativity at home. Carbondale Arts, the Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen Art Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center have launched virtual classes, how-to videos and even downloadable coloring pages as part of their pandemic programming. 

Courtesy Red Brick Center for the Arts

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

Courtesy Hannah Horn

Hannah Horn is a community-based advocate for Response, a Pitkin County nonprofit that provides free, bilingual support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. On Thursday, April 16, Horn was on-call for the organization’s crisis hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

Glenwood Springs Extends Public Building Closure and Face Mask Requirement, Reinstates Bus and Airport Services

Friday, May 1 - Glenwood Spring's city council voted unanimously today to require face coverings be worn in public; that order is now set to expire on June 4. City Manager Debra Figueroa also extended to closure of public buildings within the city until May 27.

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With performing arts venues shut down due to coronavirus and stay-at-home orders, The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, has been curating virtual and live performances.

How have you been spending your time while you're stuck at home? What's made you feel less stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic? In between virtual meetings and working remotely, we asked that same question of the Aspen Public Radio team. Here's our reading, listening, and viewing list to get you through this next phase of social distancing.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County Asks Businesses To Complete Social Distancing Plan

Saturday, April 25 - In order to reopen on May 4th, 2020, businesses and agencies in Garfield County should determine if they are high, medium, or low risk, and complete and submit the “Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan.”

Leah Aegerter

When health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and ski resorts across the state in mid-March, Leah Aegerter suddenly found herself in a similar place as most everyone else in Colorado—at home.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Eagle County Asking State For Partial Relief From Stay-At-Home Orders

Saturday, April 18 - Eagle County is seeking exemptions from certain portions of Colorado's stay-at-home orders. If approved, it would allow Eagle County Public Health and Environment limited flexibility to start implementing plans to slowly reopen the community.

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