“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita F. Pierson, nationally recognized educator.
I can sit in my office and spin marvelous scenarios about classes, out reach programs, public art installation, gallery exhibits and public dance performances and it would certainly be a majestic moment but only a day dream if it were not for my staff of champions.
The week of May 11 signals the end of our Fall/Spring class series and I would like to thank my friends and colleagues at your art center, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Annex, for their experience, passion and commitment that made it possible to deliver the largest number of top-quality classes to the most young people and adults throughout the valley since opening our doors.
Maurine Taufer heads our vibrant dance department with an incredible team that includes Laura Bahr, Dana Peterson, Katie Deyoe, Amanda Chenoweth and Neil Stiles. This troupe of all stars came to us with astonishing credentials – university program designers, professional dance company experience, years of training, years of performance and original choreography design. They brought all of their talent and innovation and delivered what amounted to the complete roster of dance. Take a look: Pre-Ballet, Pre-Ballet and Tap, Beginner Ballet, Beginner Tap and Jazz, Intermediate Jazz, Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary, Beginning/ Intermediate Modern, Senior Dance Company, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Adult Ballet, Advanced Pointe, Intermediate/Advanced Tap, Intermediate/Advance Hip Hop, Kids Breakdancing and Hip Hop.
We have an art department that could serve as the feeder fund for ten art centers. Terry Muldoon, Noemi Kosmowski, Charlie Beyer, Liz Waters, Josefina Gordl and Amy Levenson delivered an array of mixed media, oil, acrylic and drawing at the Center, the Glenwood Springs library with Painting Pages and the Two River Community School early release program. (Completed with classes).
When you can succeed in convincing a community that’s it’s not just a chosen few who could ever bring inert clay to life and that you don’t have to be Michelango (check spelling) to find your vision in stone or marble, then you must have Judy Davis and Kay Cochran on board. Judy has been the head of our pottery department for many artistic and productive years. Kay, a former Disney miniaturist, recently joined us and between these two astonishing artists, we offer top-tier classes for children and adults. (add classes)
Jessica Kidd has brought her personal elegance and refined skills of turning molton metal into breathtaking originality and shares her gifts with students who arrive with little experience to professional artists who guidance to take their work to the next level. (add what would fill this out.)
One of the reasons an art center thrives and becomes an essential part of the spirit and life of a community is their reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the best. Brad Vierheller, Karen Carlson and Ashton Taufer are just that. Their combined years of education, performance, original work and proven teaching skills have grown our class offering and expanded our outreach programs to local schools. (name classes and outreach)
“Think less, feel more.” So say our newest champions at our newest location – the Glenwood Center for the Arts Dance and Yoga Annex. Marcy Oliver, Cherlynn Wakehouse, Lucy Dysart and Valerie Powell have added a calm to our community that is unparalleled. (classes on separate sheet with schedule on my desk).
Jennetta Howell Theatricals has partnered with the Center in bringing her year ‘round musical productions, drama and voice classes to the valley.
John and Judy Norton’s rich background of Tai Chi, strength through balance and inner peace through meditation has added an incredible new element from ancient arts to our class offerings.