Resilience re·sil·ience — Noun: The ability to recover from or easily adjust to change.
2015 has been a banner year of success and growth for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Our theme? Resilience. No matter what happens, we happen. And we happen very well.
As growth occurs, a sense of “everything is changing” comes front and center. Change is a beautiful thing, but it is also something that takes patience and understanding.
So when everything is changing, what does one do? Keep dancing.
The kick ball change of life, the pirouette of dignity, the healing breath of forgiveness, the sigh of relief. They push through. They become resilient to change and in turn, it becomes the norm. It becomes the norm to wake up each day knowing the next day will be better; knowing that resilience is a teacher and at the end of the year, when the curtain comes down, the audience stands and vigorous applause fills up the space and the worry of each day is swept away. Why? In the face of change, those who are resilient have truly triumphed. It is so easy to live in our comfort zone, but remember, nothing grows there.
It is the resilient that I admire. It is those who saw the big picture, and kept painting. It is those who, no matter what they faced, accepted the challenge knowing that the prize at the end of the game was well worth fighting for. These people have the privilege of being in our arts family. And I have the privilege of knowing and working with all of them.
So much good has come of our resilience, and I am proud of our team of movers and shakers, of doers and dreamers, of innovative leaders and sharp thinkers, of loving personalities and fighting spirits. I’m so proud of those who did not surrender in the face of change, but instead welcomed it. 2015 was just that. Change. Growth. Opportunity. Beauty. Resilience. I couldn’t be more proud of our results.
A big Thank You to our fantastic art center family. It is because of each one of you, that we are where we are today.
Heartfelt thanks for a job well done to my dynamic board of directors: Wayne, Kate, Anäis, Stacey, Kate and Tessa. Thank you to our dedicated and above and beyond Summer of Music Committee, Chris, Mary, Dave, Judy, Chris, Raquel, Jack and Brent.
The largest and deepest heartfelt thanks to our incredible and talented office staff: Brie, Linda, Michele and Kristine.
Thank you to our extraordinary talented and dedicated education department heads: Maurine, Terry, Judy, Karen. Thank you to our professional artist and teaching staff: Liz, Noemi, Josefina, Jessica, Alyssa, Kay, Ashton, Brad, Bella, Laura, Emily, Katie, Vicki, Erin, Taryn, Judy and John, and to Charlie and Ryan for the many ways they go above and beyond for the Art Center.
Thank you to all of our students and parents.
Thank you to all of our spouses, significant others and family members.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and art center members.
Thank you to our donors and sponsors, big and small.
Thank you to the City of Glenwood Springs and to the Garfield County Commissioners.
And thank you to the valiant captains of this voyage, Alpine Bank, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Realty, KMTS, Western Slope Communications and Bighorn Toyota.
And thanks to you, our weekly readers, for your continued support and wonderful feedback.
2016 has so much promise.
Thank you for your love and support in 2015, the most monumental year in the history of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
Here’s to all of you, from all of us at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts as we wish you happy holidays and endless cheer!
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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