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Christina Brusig
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The Giveback of Giving

You are asked on a regular basis to give your time, your talent or your money to deserving enterprises. You think long and hard about what you can do. You think long and hard about the impact of your participation, and you try to make an informed, cost-effective decision.

Don’t get me wrong, we love the concept of impulse buying. But I want you to know exactly what happens to your generosity when it arrives at the doors of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

Support the Center

A fair question requires a fair answer, and I’m happy to give you the verifiable reasons why you should invest in your future and why we impact our community and the Roaring Fork Valley.

First, we are a 501 C3 nonprofit, and 100 percent of every dollar, after micro-managed expenses, is returned to the community.

We host the largest and most well-rounded educational programs in the valley with dance, visual arts, pottery and music classes for all ages and skill levels. We provide opportunities for residents from Aspen to Parachute to create and enjoy the arts.

We offer two of the most successful student programs available in the area, studying world culture and the arts. Each Wednesday, we provide a Home School program, and each Friday, the Fifth Day program for students who study Monday – Thursday in the RE-2 school district. Dance, art, pottery, music and cultural history are taught through the historical experience and artistic esthetic of different countries.

We collaborate with local schools, nonprofits and businesses to provide quality outreach programming. Our new Fine Arts Friday at Two Rivers Community School and Early Release Wednesday program through the Aspen Community Foundation at Glenwood Springs Middle School and Sopris and Glenwood Springs elementary schools allow us to reach a variety of students outside the Center. Painting Pages is every second Tuesday at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library with a free after-school story and art experience. The results have been quantifiable and impactful. We will return this fall with expanded programs for these and other organizations.

We have a vital and robust scholarship program that ensures that no child is excluded from the experience of learning and growing because of financial circumstances not of their doing.

We create jobs, employing talented local arts professionals to teach our expanding group of students, and we create a place for emerging and professional artists in our Local’s Choice Best Gallery. We sell the creative works of more than 50 local and internationally recognized artists in one of the area’s most popular gift shops.

We produce the second largest public event in the area with our annual Summer of Music concert series. Our astonishing, super-amped, over-the-moon Season Five just ended this Wednesday night with the biggest standing, dancing ovation yet! Ask anyone who saw SHEL, and you will exchange that kind of “I was at Woodstock” look. Brava!

The easiest way you can support the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is with your annual Individual, Family or Business membership for $30, $45 or $100. You receive class and event discounts and become an essential part of our art family. Go online at glenwoodarts.org or call us today at 970-945-2414. The Art Center wants you!

Art Vibrancy

If these aren’t reasons enough to consider a donation of money and/or volunteer time, I’m proud to remind you that SMU’s National Center for Arts Research named Glenwood Springs the No. 1 small city in the nation in its first-ever Arts Vibrancy Index, and the Art Center is a key part of that decision. It is the kind of validation that carries the weight of unbiased recognition based on hard numbers, not trending or campaigning.

Support the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Your investment in the arts is an investment in your community, and it all counts. The smallest pebble cast in the stream always, always changes the course of the river.

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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