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Christina Brusig
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Valleywide Elevator Ride

Ever wonder what it would be like to step into an elevator and, in the course of the brief ride, tell your fellow passengers all about your organization, its mission, far-reaching community impact and how you deliver the goods?

That is exactly what happened last night when KDNK, the most listened-to radio station in the valley, invited nine outstanding nonprofits to participate in their elevator ride and share our stories with their huge radio audience.

Each of us spoke about our passion for our organization, how we serve the community, meet and exceed their expectations and how we couldn’t do any of it without the generous support of their listeners and the Roaring Fork Valley.

I’d like to tell you what I told the KDNK listening audience:

“My name is Christina Brusig, and I’m proud and humbled to lead the award-winning, nationally acclaimed Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We are an organization of such depth and magnitude that we are able to design and deliver the largest and most well-rounded, multi-genre artistic programming on the Western Slope.

“Our reach is growing, as we are spreading the love of art around our community. Arts and culture build community, and community is the reason we operate. So let’s talk about community and life for one moment.

“In our day-to-day lives as residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, we experience beauty in its highest form; it’s all around us. But we also experience stress. We work hard, sometimes too hard. I often hear people say, ‘Can’t I just catch a break? I need something good to happen to me!’

“Well, friends, you are officially invited to be part of something good. Something worth celebrating, something that restores that missing piece of us that is often long gone by the end of the day.

“It’s art. Art at and produced by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Art is something good, and it’s waiting to leave its impression on you.

“We are the largest arts organization in the Roaring Fork Valley. We focus on three areas of expertise with our primary focus being arts education, closely followed by the production of high-quality community events and art exhibits in our gallery and around Glenwood Springs.

“Your donations make all the difference by supporting more than 60 in-house art, pottery, dance and music classes for children and adults.

“Six collaborative outreach programs at the Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Middle School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School and Sopris Elementary School, as well as our large in-house world and culture programs for Home School students and students in the Re-2 School District.

“50 scholarships every year to families in need.

“Large event audiences of more than 17,000 every year.

“Create jobs for artists, support staff, event workers and program and teacher assistants.

“Your donations will help support the many efforts of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. In addition to contributing to our much-needed operating overhead, your donation will help keep alive great community initiatives, like the Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park and our Two Rivers Outdoor Art and Sculpture Project. We maintain the designation as the ‘Most Vibrant Art Community in the Country’ because you help us continually raise the bar of artistic excellence that is our standard.

“Whether you register for a class, make a donation or become an event sponsor, you will change the life of one artist, one event, one exhibit or one child at a time.

“Thank you, KDNK, on behalf of every nonprofit representative that is here tonight for letting us share the valuable and essential work that we do for the Roaring Fork Valley.”

It’s all good.

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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