Art Scene |

Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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There is nothing like creative chaos. When the Center is running at its artistic max, it’s a singing, painting, handbuilding, dancing, silversmithing phenomenon, and I know we are doing our job. We are freeing the mind and the spirit.

We are dedicated to our mission of making art available to everyone, and we constantly seek feedback to make sure we are on track. The through line of this feedback is consistent: Keep developing more classes and programs, keep improving the quality, and keep expanding the outreach into every part of the community. To do that, we must be clear-eyed about the business of art.


Last year, we introduced our Step Up Program, inviting individuals and corporations to become partners in producing our high-profile exhibits, classes and public programs for residents and visitors in the Roaring Fork Valley. We had a strong response that helped us deliver our successful Home School and 5th Day programs, after-school art and enrichment programs to area schools, corporate events to enhance employee benefits and keep our scholarship fund vital so no student is denied their art experience just because of economic circumstances.

Success was followed by increased demand, which meant we needed to analyze the way we operate and to develop a new fundraising strategy — one that would be driven by an independent and time-saving outside source with art-specific expertise to pinpoint grant and funding sources, taking the Center to the next level. We found that expert in Foundation Search.

We are inviting you or your corporation to Step Up and help us reach our goal of $10,000 to contract for this essential service. Please call me at 970-945-2414, and we can discuss a customized sponsorship that will include advertising to the audience you want to reach and that will support your defined values for charitable giving.

When SMU’s National Center for Arts Research named Glenwood Springs the No. 1 small city in the nation in their first-ever Arts Vibrancy Index, it validated the feedback we receive from the community and fueled our passion to keep finding ways to keep strengthening the culture of our town. This designation immediately took us to the head of the line in our artistic credibility, and Foundation Search is the next logical step to identify the strongest sources to contact. We are excited to make this a reality, and we need your help to make it happen.

We are extremely proud of our track record, and that pride makes us confident to say we are not asking for a gift, we are asking for an investment. A partnership. Unlike the volatility of most investment products, this one guarantees a steady return.


Tonight is the night when Bugsy Malone and his gang hit the stage with comedy, music and the talent of 22 super talented local students. This wonderful production, directed by our talented colleague Jennetta Howell, premiers tonight at 7 p.m. and runs again at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the CMC Spring Valley New Space Theatre. Visit or call us at 970-945-2414 for tickets. Adult tickets cost $10, and students tickets cost $7.


We still have room in the wide variety of classes and camps we are offering starting June 8. Visit our website, or call us at 970-945-2414 and register for the art, pottery, dance and music classes we have designed for every level of experience and talent.

Here’s to an artful summer!

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


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