Art Scene – January 27

The Art of Appreciation

 Tonight is our 3rd Annual Appreciation Gala, and I warmly welcome you to join us this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at our home, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We are located at 601 E. 6th Street in Glenwood Springs Colorado. This evening, we will be honoring the sincere commitment of our staff, donors, volunteers and sponsors. We will be giving awards of appreciation and celebrating the unique gifts of each individual that makes our art community vibrant. And to top it off, the live sounds of Vid Weatherwax and the delicious cuisine of Cherie Pape will compliment the evening. This event is free to the public. Come celebrate the Art Center, and learn about our plans for 2017. We look so forward to seeing you!

This evening is all about living our mission. Our Mission is to Provide Opportunities to Create and Enjoy the Arts

 How We Do It… By offering the most well-rounded and progressive artistic programming and community events on the Western Slope of Colorado. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is a special place filled with creativity, laughter and collaboration. We recently helped Glenwood Springs win the “Most Vibrant Art Community in the Country” in the national study by Southern Methodist University on vibrant art communities around the nation.

We are a valuable cultural community asset, providing opportunities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the artistic aspects of life in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our top-notch education programs, coupled with our juried annual art exhibitions and production of over 25 events per year put us on the map as a leader in social change and an economic driver for our special community. At the end of the day, everything we do helps to develop citizens that understand and appreciate the arts. Our reach is wide as we hold inclusive decision making a priority when planning our classes, events and exhibits. We exist to serve our community and that is exactly what we do.

Closely following our mission, is our vision.

Our Vision is to Meet Community Needs with Art as the Answer

 Why It Matters To Us… We exist to meet the needs of our growing and changing community. We believe that art in all of its forms enhances life, inspires people and ultimately helps to develop the potential of our community. When community members, schools or businesses present a need, we are there to offer a creative solution.

When the RE-2 School District switched from a five day school week to a four day school week, we provided an essential service to working parents by offering a full “5th Day” of culture based artistic enrichment programming.

When the Summer of Jazz Series came to an end, we didn’t skip a beat. We created the Summer of Music Series, now in its 7th season, it has become Glenwood Springs favorite community celebration.

Our Impact in 2016:

  • 28,000 People served in 2016
  • 14,000 Attendees enjoyed the Summer of Music Series
  • 9,340 People experienced one of our collaborative events
  • 3,200 People visited our Art Center
  • 800 Students educated through our vast outreach programs
  • 300 Students educated through programs at the Center
  • 90 Businesses sponsored our various initiatives
  • 120 Artists exhibited in our Gallery
  • 65 Artists exhibited in our Gift Shop
  • 45 New collaborative partners were added
  • 40 Scholarships were issued to help families in need

We have accomplished so much together, and hope you join us to celebrate the amazing year we had in 2016!

We hope to see you tonight at 6:30

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

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