Art Scene: To listen, to help, to inspire, to love. |

Art Scene: To listen, to help, to inspire, to love.

I’m starting to really understand what my purpose is as the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

It’s so much more than I could have ever imagined when I signed on in June 2014. I thought it would be about running the show, navigating the coolest art boat in town through unknown waters, making the best decisions to grow our nonprofit enterprise and, simply, to press on no matter what. But that was just the mechanics of it.

It became much, much more. It is about “being” with you. It is about believing in you and helping you believe in yourself.It is about responding to community needs with art as the answer.

It is about giving you a place to play out your dream ideas, to ignite your spark through classes and events and to exhibit your creations. It’s about not skipping a beat, staying on top of the latest trends and delivering individual opportunities you couldn’t get anywhere else. Bottom line, this way of being comes down to our core value: kindness.

In a world that can challenge that basic necessity, you can look to me and to all of us at the Art Center to help you find the hope you are seeking.

This week, my purpose became very personal. Georgi Aibner, brilliant teacher, passionate friend to all and wonderful mother to my childhood friends, passed away on the 9th of November.

She was an incredible human being, and I am a better person for having known her and her talented children.

Georgi believed in the power of each individual and their infinite potential. As a certified teacher and leader in bringing Destination ImagiNation to the Roaring Fork Valley, she worked to prepare Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

A dear friend of Georgi’s called to share some thoughts with me.

She said “A stranger could look at her Facebook and know who she was. She believed in service, she supported people with cancer, veterans, early childhood education, Native Americans and the global family. She was a person of faith and love. Georgi would have been astonished at recent events and would certainly have quoted one of her favorites, Maya Angelou:

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

We will host the celebration of Georgi Aibner’s life at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs.

The Power of Art

Georgi loved artists and their art, and she loved the Unique Boutique and the coming together, the energy and the goodwill it created.

We’ll be thinking about that gentle and generous spirit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 19, when 16 talented artisans bring their incredible creations to the Center for the Arts.

Here’s to you, Georgi, dear friend.

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

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