“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, outreach programs, public art installations, 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, Kari Sea, Neil Stiles and myself. 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, Adult Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Break Dancing and competitive technical training that spanned all ages and skill levels. This year we offered nearly 40 quality dance classes, and the summer schedule is full to the brim with similar offerings.
We have an art department that could serve as the feeder fund for 10 art centers. Terry Muldoon, Noemi Kosmowski, Charlie Beyer, Liz Waters, Josefina Ghord 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 and the Afterschool Early Release Wednesday Program.
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 Michelangelo to find your vision in stone or marble, then you must have Judy Davis and Kay Cochran. 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 in the areas of hand building, sculpting and wheel throwing.
Jessica Kidd has brought her personal elegance and refined skills of turning metal into breathtaking originality and shares her gifts with students with varying degrees of experience. She has the ability to work with beginners and professional artists to take their work to the next level. Her classes and open studio sessions attract creatives from across the Roaring Fork Valley.
One of the reasons an art center thrives and becomes an essential part of the spirit and life of a community is its reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the best. Brad Vierheller, Karen Mills-Cochran and Ashton Taufer are just that. Their combined years of education, performance, original work and proven teaching skills have grown our class offerings and expanded our outreach programs to local schools. Piano, Guitar and Voice fill our in-house and outreach schedule with melodies that strike a note. Join us this Tuesday, May 12, as we “Sing into Spring” with our free community music concert at the Art Center with showings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
“Think less, feel more.” So say our newest champions at our newest location — the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Dance and Yoga Annex. Marcy Oliver, Cherlynn Wakehouse, Lucy Dysart and Victoria Powell have added a calm to our community that is unparalleled. From Yoga Foundations to Nidra, Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga and Restorative, our annex is filled with healing and opportunity.
Jennetta Howell Theatricals has partnered with the Center in bringing her year-round musical productions, drama and voice classes to the valley. We will be presenting “Bugsy Malone, Jr” May 29, 30 and 31 at the CMC New Space Theatre. Visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org to purchase your tickets today.
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. Our dancers are now able to take Injury Prevention and Conditioning classes to increase their athleticism and help prevent dance-based injuries.
THE DREAM TEAM
It takes all of these champions and my talented administrative team to support our budding and professional artists. Thanks to each of you for your devotion to the arts. What a great year it was. I look forward to our summer session and can only imagine the magnificence you will help our students discover.
For information on our upcoming summer session and creative summer camps, visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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