International Jazz Day Celebration

The Glenwood Springs Arts Council is celebrating International Jazz Day online. Visit our page to watch special performance by local musicians and paintings of jazz musicians by Dean Bowlby.


Our Mission

Creating visibility, support and opportunity for the arts in our community. Learn more.


A Look Back at 2019

The Glenwood Springs Arts Council has a rich tradition of arts education and celebration in the Glenwood Springs community since 1982. Over the years, the Council has touched many lives from youngsters creating art, music and dance, to those of all ages who have attended a concert, festival, art show or class.

As 2019 closed we proudly and fondly recalled the successes of the past year and the part many of you played in those events- International Jazz Day, A Woman’s Touch Art show and Culinary Arts Fest. It was a wonderful year that involved our community in celebrating the arts.

Now 2020 has brought so many unexpected changes for us all. And now that we can’t gather and see you in person we hold you and your families in our hearts and wish you all health and safety during this time. And for those of you who do need to be out in the workplace looking after our health, our safety, our food supply, we especially think of you and thank you.

We look forward to a time when we can be together again although we know that gatherings may first be limited to small groups. But meanwhile we have planned online events to keep artists and lovers of art stimulated and happy. Check out International Jazz Day and you’ll be delightfully surprised at what you’ll find there.

Our board is accountable and committed to its mission, with a vision for growing its programs each new year. Please join us in support of the arts in our community.

Become a member! Members receive the opportunity to purchase tickets at 10% off and advance notice of all events. Your membership helps to bring more events to our area including support for our brand new scholarship program!

GSAC Debt Free

Thanks to the efforts of supporters and the Board of Directors, the Glenwood Springs Arts Council has made good on its debts and is focused on the future. See Post Independent story.

PBS Premieres “International Jazz Day from Australia”

Watch this Friday, April 24

A new PBS special brings viewers an inside look at the 2019 All-Star Global Concert from Melbourne, Australia. Featuring incredible performances by jazz masters from nearly a dozen countries, including UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, Joey DeFrancesco, Kurt Elling, Ledisi, Jane Monheit, James Morrison, Antonio Sánchez, Somi, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright and many more, under the musical direction of John Beasley. Presented each year on PBS, this star-studded concert features more than two dozen world-renowned artists in an unforgettable evening of music at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

Watch the trailer for:  International Jazz Day from Australia

Shakespeare & Jazz

“Thou hast nor youth nor age,

But, as it were, an after-dinner’s sleep,

Dreaming on both.”

This quote taken from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure captures the appropriate sentiment for April 23rd, his birth and death day.

William Shakespeare used the time of his own COVID-19, the Bubonic Plague, to create Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear. It seems apparent that the closing of the theatres gave him more time to write !

As we approach International Jazz Day on April 30th, there is cause to celebrate Shakespeare’s involvement with Jazz. It has been said that the most effective way to read his poetry or plays, is to approach it as one would approach listening to extemporaneous jazz—get into the flow and sense the theme.

Whether Shakespeare is celebrated as a jazz great, a poet, playwright, or wordsmith, one cannot deny his staying power. Thank you for still being with us, Will. 456 years is nothing to sneeze into your elbow at !

Art Scholarship

This scholarship is available to residents of Garfield County ages 5  to 18 for up to $200 per year.

We offer scholarships for 50% of the cost of the class/program.

If approved scholarship will be paid directly to the school or program.

Download the Art Scholarship Application PDF

Helping Hands for Vulnerable People

Outreach for volunteer helpers and for some people who can use our assistance. HHVP is not an organization.  It is a project initiated by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, which is a nonprofit organization here in GWS.  See: Helping Hands for Vulnerable People