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Art Scene

Christina Brusig
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NEW BEGINNINGS

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” I feel very confident that if George Bernard Shaw was still with us, he’d be the first one through the door on Feb. 1, when our new Art Center Annex at 309 14th St. in Glenwood Springs officially opens.

Lucy Dysart launches our new roster of Annex classes with vinyasa yoga from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Vinyasa yoga is synchronized to the breath and is often called flow yoga because of the smooth way the poses run together. The class will begin with vinyasa and end with restorative yoga. Vinyasa is literally translated from Sanskrit as meaning “connection.” We want you there on Feb. 1, so we’re making that first yoga class just $5.

Call us at 970-945-2414 for details on all of the dance, yoga and acting classes at the Annex.

VIBRANT

Pulsing with creative energy and resonating with unique artistic perspective, the Center for the Arts has been the convergence for self-expression, community and collaboration since inception. So when Southern Methodist University’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 is the kind of validation that carries the weight of unbiased recognition.

NCAR’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community and to be the leading provider of evidence-based insights that enable arts and cultural leaders to overcome challenges and increase impact. When they say “evidence-based,” it is music to our ears. Decisions based on fact and not emotion, campaigning or trends have a profound and lasting impact.

Here’s what they said:

“Glenwood Springs, CO, is a small community nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a vibrant arts and culture scene that encompasses visual arts, dance, fine art, theatre, classical and popular music, arts classes, and outdoor entertainment. The largest juried art show in the state has been held there for over half a century. Every discipline is represented by medium-sized organizations. Large marble and metal sculptures are ‘planted’ throughout town, and the vibrant music scene attracts young musicians. Glenwood Springs is ranked #2 in Arts Dollars and either #2 or #3 on every Arts Dollar measure. It is also second in the country on arts, culture and entertainment employees, 8th on federal arts grants, 9th on arts organizations and 10th on independent artist per capital.

“There is no single definition of what makes a city’s arts scene vibrant. Vibrancy showcases different strengths depending on the character of a place and the people who live there. Communities that value arts and culture invest in it, and those investments are reflected in the number of arts providers, the arts dollars, and the level of government support available.”

We congratulate all of our art partners in Pitkin and Garfield counties in this shared distinction, and we know that our artistic futures continue to glitter with promise.

There is no possible way we could be at the top of a national cultural designation without you. Everyone who takes one of our classes, attends a Summer of Music concert, dance performance or art exhibit or donates time and money to our every effort is part of that recognition. We thank you.

Congratulations to us all!

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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