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Christina Brusig
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THE CREATIVE CONTRACT

The artist, the audience, the complete moment. We have always worked for that moment, and tonight you will see original dance at its best.

Our award-winning competitive dance program artists will showcase all 23 original pieces they will be performing at the Showstopper national competition in Anaheim this summer. Join us tonight at the Center for the Arts and see why they have become our best ambassadors of excellence. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the showcase starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 with all proceeds going toward competition costs.

THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music has been bringing the best of jazz, R&B and rock to the area and keeping the tradition of free concerts in the park alive. Nothing matches the feeling of community like coming together and letting ourselves be swept up in the sights and sounds of outstanding musical artistry.

The Summer of Music begins Wednesday, June 24, at Two Rivers Park when the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project opens our fifth season with a sound like no other. These international jazz legends take contemporary jazz to a new level, and it’s the only way to start another amazing season of the second largest community event in the area.

The support of the community from individuals to corporations has been consistent from year to year, helping us raise the annual $100,000 by the time the first band strikes its first note. We are heading into the home stretch, and we’re almost there with just $20,000 left to go. Give us a call at 970-945-2414. No matter the size of the individual or corporate donation, you help us keep the spirit alive and the music playing.

THE EVENTS

Our talented production partner, Jennetta Howell, keeps bringing great performances with great kids to the valley, and this next one is brilliant.

It’s “Bugsy Malone, Jr.,” a hilarious take off on the 1920’s musical with 23 talented local students giving it their all. This wonderful production runs at 7 p.m. on May 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. on May 31 at the CMC Spring Valley New Space Theatre. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now at http://www.glenwoodarts.org or call us at 970-945-2414. Adults cost $10, and students cost $7.

This week, an interesting thing happened. A large steel magpie took flight. That’s when the city brought in a small crane and began the move of our public art pieces to their new locations. During the week of May 25, we will be installing the work of this year’s selected artists, the result of our annual call to artists. We will also be relocating some of the existing works to new locations. We invite you to take a walk around town and enjoy the remarkable talent of sculptors who help make our city one of the most vibrant art communities in the country.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild has been an essential part of our community for more 55 years. Like any great cultural asset, they are always changing and growing. We are delighted to be the new home for their annual exhibits beginning with the Guild’s Spring Show opening June 6 and continuing through the month. The Guild made the Center possible when those original founders knew they must create a place where each member of the community could go to discover, learn and grow their own vision.

THE ANNIVERSARY

One year ago this month, I turned a page in my life and charted a new course. I became the executive director of the Art Center. This was a study in relative time. Time seemed to move at record speed, but then we know that is always the result of ideas emerging and taking shape. It is the nature of life. It is the nature of art.

This week I had an unbelievable experience, but not unexpected, because it was about art and the nature of art. I was honored to be part of the judging team for the 26th Annual Kid’s Fine Arts Week at Glenwood Springs High School. The scope of the work was unlimited, expressed in every medium with a perception and vision beyond their years. Thank you to each artist and each teacher for letting me see the future of art.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.


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