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Cat Palmer


In a normal year, local musician Shea Freedom can be found tearing up the stage at Belly Up in Aspen or performing for passersby on main street in Carbondale, but when the pandemic hit, his gigs were cancelled. 

As protests and social justice movements spread across the country, that forced free time gave Freedom a moment to reflect on what he was seeing and he used his creativity as a way to process everything. 

Week In The Arts: July 13-19, 2020

Jul 12, 2020
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

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

Week In The Arts: July 6-12, 2020

Jul 5, 2020

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

Courtesy Vaudeville Revue

After shutting down all productions due to COVID-19, Glenwood Springs's Vaudeville Revue is returning to the stage with a new variety show—a production they're aptly calling the "COVID Revue." The troupe said the goal is to bring some light—and laughter—to the current situation.

Week In The Arts: June 29-July 5, 2020

Jun 29, 2020
Tamara Susa/Snowmass Village



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

Aspen Ideas Virtual—And Free—Festival Launches Sunday

Jun 26, 2020
Courtesy Aspen Ideas

Aspen Ideas enters its 16th year this week (Sunday, June 28 through Thursday, July 2) with some major changes to this year's event; the festival will be held entirely online due to COVID-19, and all live content will be free for virtual audiences. 

Caito Foster


Pueden encontrar la versión en español aqui.

When Iliana Rentería Bernal moved to the Roaring Fork Valley almost three years ago, dreams of the stage were just that.  

Courtesy The Aspen Chapel Gallery


The Aspen Chapel Gallery's upcoming exhibition, "Art From the Heart," (June 24 through July 12) benefits local artists and organizations helping in the Roaring Fork Valley’s COVID-19 response. The Aspen Chapel Gallery’s co-director Tom Ward said the impetus behind the exhibition was simple.

Week In The Arts: June 22-28, 2020

Jun 21, 2020
Courtesy Jazz Aspen Snowmass

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

Courtesy Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Registration for Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Summer Series is now open; this week, the Snowmass Village art facility announced its 7-week series of Q-and-A's and conversations, which will be held over Zoom due to COVID-19. 

Courtesy of the National Immigration Forum

Ali Noorani is a guest speaker at English in Action's annual fundraiser (June 18, 6 p.m.), which is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Noorani is executive director of the National Immigrant Forum and author of the book “There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice And Meet The Challenge of Immigration.” On his podcast, “Only in America,” he interviews people across the political and ideological spectrum about key issues surrounding the immigration debate.

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.

Theatre Aspen Shines A Spotlight On Local COVID-19 Heroes

Jun 11, 2020
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.

Week In The Arts: June 8-14, 2020

Jun 7, 2020
Courtesy the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

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

Courtesy Roaring Fork Valley School District


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. 

Week in the Arts: June 1-7, 2020

May 31, 2020
Courtesy Skye Gallery

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.

Aspen Words Goes Virtual For Summer Programming

May 28, 2020
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.).

Week In The Arts: May 25-31, 2020

May 24, 2020
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.

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. 

Aspen Film Streams ShortsFest Winners Online

May 21, 2020
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.

Week In The Arts: May 18-24, 2020

May 18, 2020
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.

Week In The Arts: May 11-17, 2020

May 11, 2020
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.

The Art Base Opens First Virtual Exhibit

May 11, 2020
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.

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.

Roaring Fork Valley Art Centers Launch Online Classes

Apr 28, 2020
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 The Arts Campus at Willits



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.