Art Scene: On becoming a democratic country |

Art Scene: On becoming a democratic country

Every four years we participate in a process, a process of governance that began in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. But that was just the starting point. Next came the ratification of the Constitution by the states in 1788 and George Washington taking office in 1789. But we weren’t there yet.

According to Harry Rubenstein of the American History Museum, “the symbolic birth of our system of government didn’t come until September 19, 1796, when Washington, deciding not to seek a third term, published his farewell address, marking one of the first peaceful transfers of power in American history and cementing the country’s status as a stable, democratic state.

“Stepping down is unique. It’s a powerful statement about George Washington and American democracy.”

This week, we took the final step to completing that unique process and every emotion, every measure of reason was put to the test.

When the results were in, a new set of emotions burst forth, and there seemed to be no middle ground, no resting place. But at the end of the day, we do not wage a social war on each other, we cannot afford to. What we can do is continue to be activists.

We cannot fear that word. We are activists when we maintain our governing values and insist on fair and equal treatment for all.

We are activists when we maintain our schools, our communities and our relationships. We are activists when we seek common ground.

Remember Susan B. Anthony and everyone who worked tirelessly for all of us against unrelenting odds. We can do no less.

Art Renews, Restores

The Center for the Arts has always been a nexus of the community. We connect people with ideas, we design delivery systems for expression through classes, workshops and public events but most of all, we honor each and every individual for who they are and the road they travel.

We are an essential haven, now more than ever.

Share Some Joy

The Unique Boutique has been a key part of the holiday celebration for over 10 years, and we are delighted that it will now be a part of the Center for the Arts. This beautiful event will be from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, with 16 talented artisans presenting an incredible array of pottery, fine art, jewelry, soaps and foods. For more information, call Cyn Cyr at 970-404-1880. Park at the lot between the Hot Springs Lodge and Hotel Colorado and walk to the center.


Remember our submission deadline of Nov. 18 to be part of our fabulous annual holiday gift show. Visit, complete the application and send, along with pictures of your work, to You will be notified soon after the jury process is completed.

Reach Deep. Reach Out. Reach for New Ground.

My dear friend, author Kimberly Chenoweth, sent this to all her friends on Nov. 9, and I send it on to you.

“We feel what we feel. For many of us, this morning there is anxiety, with waves of shock and grief. For others, jubilation. We’re at our healthiest when we can be present with whatever is rising. … It shapes our return to wholeness.

“I found this in one of Irish poet John O’Donohue’s poems, and it feels like it is an invitation to each of us and to all of us as a nation. ‘Though your destination is not clear, you can trust the promise of this opening.’”

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

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