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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 Thunder River Theatre Company

 

Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company concludes its 2019-20 season with a performance of the one-woman play "The Pink Unicorn," which premiers virtually Friday, June 12 and is available for online viewing until June 27.

Courtesy of Theatre Aspen

 

The details of Theatre Aspen’s 2020 summer season are still being worked out due to COVID-19. Taking center stage, however, are essential workers and local leaders who have served the community during the pandemic.

Courtesy Eric Allen/Carbondale Arts

Carbondale’s Mountain Fair typically draws hundreds of spectators, vendors, artisans, artists and musicians to Sopris Park each summer. Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, organizers say they're bringing this festivities into individual neighborhoods for this year's event, planned for July 24-26.

John Bennett

This weekend, protesters gathered throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to call attention to systematic racism and police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. 

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Memorial Day after police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pinned him to the ground and kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. 

In Aspen on Saturday, hundreds of local protesters marched through the rainy streets in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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

Tammy Terwelp / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Food Stamp Requests Up Substantially

Thursday, June 11 - Requests for food assistance in Pitkin County went up dramatically during the pandemic. Applications for the food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were up 638% during the month of April.

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COVID-19 has impacted everyone, but not everyone is experiencing the pandemic in the same way. That’s the idea behind Roaring Fork Schools’ roundtable discussion called “Sharing Stories: Life During a Pandemic.” Each event is hosted in English and Spanish, and features students, faculty and parents sharing their own stories of what this time at home has meant for them. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Glenwood Springs Extends Public Face Covering Rules, Announces Reopenings of Parks and Playgrounds

Friday, June 5 - The Glenwood Springs City Council today voted to extend its public facemask ordinance. The public health order will remain in effect until state and/or CDC guidelines change, or a vaccine becomes available to the public. The city's Parks and Recreation department also announced that it would be reopening playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities, but with social distancing guidelines and a maximum of 10 people at playgrounds, and 25 people at sports courts and fields. Spectators are also discouraged at pick-up sport events. More information about current public health orders can be found on the city's website.

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

Courtesy Andy Stone and Linda Lafferty


Andy Stone and Linda Lafferty's co-authored novel “Light in the Shadows” marks the first time the husband and wife have shared the same byline. In some ways, though, a joint undertaking was perhaps inevitable for the husband-and-wife team.

Courtesy Aspen Words

Aspen Words is going online with part of its Summer Words Writers Conference & Literary Festival due to COVID-19. The literary organization kicks off its June programming virtually with a writing workshop hosted by the literary organization’s executive director Adrienne Brodeur. The discussion focuses on the ins and outs of writing about real people (Thursday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.).

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Reopening Plan Includes Industry-Specific Dates

Thursday, May 28 - Phase two of Pitkin County’s reopening plan includes a step-by-step schedule with reopening dates for different industries. County officials say reopenings come with strict regulations and health guidelines. The planned dates could change if the county sees indications that the presence of COVID-19 is increasing. 

Photo Courtesy the Vancouver International Film Festival

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

Tammy Terwelp / Aspen Public Radio

State Officials Encourage Residents To Celebrate Memorial Day With Safety In Mind

Friday, May 22 - Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, public health officials are asking Coloradans to keep the following in mind to slow and limit transmission of COVID-19. 

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

As the world collectively navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aspen Historical Society is asking Roaring Fork Valley residents what living through this time has meant for them. The organization has undertaken a collection called Quarantine Stories: Recording History—a project in partnership with Aspen Public Radio—as part of its efforts to capture and archive the local ripple effects of the pandemic. 

Courtesy Aspen Film

Audiences who missed this year's Shortsfest from Aspen Film can tune in over Memorial Day weekened to catch the festival winners. Films will be available via a single online streaming platform, and viewers can catch all nine short films in one sitting, or watch in segments.

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.

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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. 

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 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.

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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.

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