Art Scene: A month of music and membership |

Art Scene: A month of music and membership

Christina Brusig
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After convincing us who was boss, January and February quietly packed up and returned to the home office while March arrived with much talk about lions and lambs.

There is always a little bit of madness that arrives with March not the least of which is a time when, suddenly, screaming uncontrollably in celebration, sitting motionlessly in front of a television for hours and wearing the bright colors of a college we haven’t visited in many years overtake our sensibilities. That would be March Madness, the most popular sporting tournament in America. Going back as far as 1908, the basic component is all about team.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is all about team — our team of artists, our team of students, our team of parents and our team of board members, sponsors and supporters. There is something exclusively unique about the world of art — there is not an isolating moment, it is simply not possible. When you are dealing with personal creativity in the classroom, on the competitive stage or in the community outreach environment of after-school and corporate enrichment programs or seeking out community issues where art is the answer, it is all about emotion and self-expression, our common denominator.

We are a proud nonprofit. We constantly work to raise the money needed to continue bringing the best art opportunities to our community. We budget smart and keep discovering new grant and funding sources to finance all programs, exhibits and public events. We hit the total button and there it is — zero profit. Then we begin again. When you support us, you know that every penny goes right back to the community and strengthens the spirit and inner life of our town.

Membership Month

We are mad for March when we give you the easiest way to support the artistic heart of our town. Purchase an annual Individual Memberships/$30, a Family Membership/$45 and a Corporate Membership/$100 and receive discounts on classes for you, your family and your employees plus reduced ticket prices for events. Go online at or drop by and be part of a good thing. Plus, you’ll receive a terrific Noemi Kosmowski print in the bargain that is definitely a peach of a deal.

The Beat Goes On

There is one word that halts the moment and silences the proceedings and that is “cutbacks.”

We are extremely grateful to Garfield Country for its ongoing support of one of the most popular events in the area — the Summer of Music — but this year we are working to make up the difference in the county’s participation. We came up with an idea that is a winner — the Summer of Music Benefit. This fundraiser will take place on three consecutive Wednesday nights — March 9, 16 and 23 — with our favorite producing partner, Glenwood Vaudeville Review. Doors open at 6:30 and at 7, and you will have a knockout night with some of the best music.

First up this coming Wednesday is the amazing Frank Martin Duo. Here’s what critics have to say: “Frank Martin and Aaron Taylor bring Americana to life: the heart of country, the fire of bluegrass, the spirit of folk, the passion of blues, the twists of jazz. Martin is one the valley’s favorite songwriters, singers and multi-instrumentalists. His vocals rise to gospel heights, and his electric and acoustic guitar and mandolin playing cross genres with fire and finesse. He has played many years in the Roaring Fork Valley with bands including Sneaker, The Sirens and All the Pretty Horses and with the Symphony in the Valley for its annual Swing Show. They are currently recording an album of Martin’s originals at Cool Brick Studio.” So don’t be late and help us keep one of the best community events rocking on.

A Keen Collaboration

When Benjamin Franklin created the first free public library in 1778, I’m sure there was a Sue Schnitzer somewhere in the house to make sure everyone had the best learning experience available. They certainly share the same sense of humor.

Sue is the manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library and our most valued collaborator. This Saturday night at the Center for the Arts, we invite you to a free concert with Utah’s legendary Sundance Trio. Sue says it all. “We want to connect our communities to a world of possibilities. This concert is in keeping with our mission and our values. We are pleased to partner with the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts to bring a renowned classical trio to town for a performance that is free and open to the public.” Doors open at 6:30 and the show will be from 7-9. See you there.”

“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

— Mattie Stepanek

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at

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