New Orleans knew it was coming, and they were getting ready. The National Weather Service had tracked Katrina like they had tracked weather systems since 1849. It was life on the coast. It was the tradeoff. But what they couldn’t track was the strength of the flawed levee system, and at 7:45 a.m., 10 years ago Saturday, it gave way, and we watched 85 percent of an American city flood to the eaves.
Today, in the historic chronicle of that day and the years since, we learned about the best decisions and the worst, the heroes and the scoundrels and a through line of rebirth that was all about the arts. People who lost everything tangible tamed their anger, regained their hope and took a stand with the easel, the camera and the music. Story after story spoke to rebuilding the individual spirit while rebuilding that legendary city.
Art Renews and Restores
At the Center for the Arts, we plan every event, every class, every educational program with a clear eye to building and maintaining a solid foundation for children and adults. Artistic expression is resilient and grows with every influence, every experience.
To maintain the level of excellence of our offerings and assure opportunity for everyone, we constantly raise operating capital through new avenues and traditional events.
The Winner and Still Champion
Our biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the most popular community events in town is right around the corner. On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 5-8 p.m., we invite you to our 16th annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.
We made a bet with ourselves. Last year’s event was our best yet, so we took a look at those results and the vintners, brewers, restaurateurs and silent auction donors that made it possible, and we are raising the bar.
We start by returning to the historic Hotel Colorado, and we have grown this crowd-pleaser so that it will encompass and transform the Taft, Devereux and Colorado rooms plus most of the lobby. Culinary and beverage stars from last year’s event will be returning with new hospitality pros joining them, plus our popular wine grab bag where for $20 you might walk off with a $100 bottle of the best.
Then there is our silent auction. Each year, this is a standout. We reach out to retailers, artists, jewelers, hotels, restaurants and our nationally recognized tourist adventure pros, and they never disappoint. Last year, Denver hotels and museums joined in, and they are back again this year, plus original art from nationally- and internationally-known artists.
Proceeds from this exciting evening help our organization serve more than 12,000 people annually, delivering cultural, artistic and educational programming at the Center for the Arts, and to our outreach partners: Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Middle School and the Glenwood Springs Library.
We are excited to bring this event back every year, but this year, we are over the moon! Mark your calendars for 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
Join the Crowd
August is membership month, and we’ve had a great response. Now is the perfect time to purchase a 12-month membership (Individual $30, Family $45 and Corporate $100). Not only do you save on class tuition, but you enjoy ticket discounts for our public events — like the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest! Member tickets are $35 each or two for $60. Nonmember pricing is $50 per ticket. Visit http://www.glenwoodarts.org or call 970-945-2414 to purchase your tickets. Become a member and save!
See you Oct. 17, and remember, it’s the most fun you can have and support year-round art programming all at the same time.
Art is not an adjunct to the life experience, it is the centerpiece. The arts tell our story. Like our amazing friends in New Orleans, we must keep telling that story wherever it takes us. Vous êtes tres magnifique, mes amis.
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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