Art Scene: You’re the top

Christina Brusig

Cole, meet Abbie. When the legendary composer Cole Porter created the character of Reno Sweeney as one of the anchors of his shipboard musical, “Anything Goes,” it was 1934 and it was a Broadway smash. Fast-forward to 2016 when Glenwood Springs High School’s production scored a smash hit of its own, and it’s still getting attention.

Congratulations to Abbie Cheney who is a 2016 Bobby G Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Named for Broadway touring pioneer Robert Garner, participating Colorado private and public high school musical theatre programs are judged by a group of professional theatre experts. Winners at the Buell Theatre awards ceremony in Denver will travel to New York in June to represent Colorado at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Break a leg, Abbie!

Leading With Emotional Intelligence

I’m delighted to invite you to join Acting City Manager Drew Gorgey and me as we share impactful leadership tips from the Harvard Business Review series. This free seminar begins at 3:00 today in the Glenwood Springs City Council Chambers.

The term Emotional Intelligence was first coined in the 1990’s and it took almost a decade for Rutgers psychologist Daniel Goleman to establish its importance in business leadership. In 1998, in what has become one of HBR’s most enduring articles, “What Makes a Leader,” he stated unequivocally:

“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but without emotional intelligence, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but that person still won’t make a great leader.” See you at 3:00!

Keep The Beat Alive

Enjoy sponsoring one of Glenwood Springs largest community events (second only to Strawberry Days!) and make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Summer of Music Series. Visit our website at to donate online or call us at 945-2414.

Banner recognition and major sponsorship for business banner presence at all 6 shows this summer is available until 5:00 June 1. There’s still time to create the prefect sponsorship package for you or your company. Call me and let’s harmonize!

Attention Dancers

At 4:30 today and Wednesday, May 25th, we will be holding auditions for our competitive dance company. No preparation is required. Dancers will be taught a group choreography and then will be judged on technique, stage presence and overall talent. Come on by the Center for the Arts and see what happens!

Summer Starts Here

We had another wonderfully successful season of Art Center and school outreach programs and the reason was simple – outstanding teachers and they are why we are so excited about the lineup of classes that we have designed with you in mind.

The Center is offering dance, art, pottery and music classes plus family yoga classes that will create a unique opportunity to share the experience with your family and learn the art of relaxation and inner peace. Rounding out the summer is the 2-month Hawaiian Island Summer Camp taking kids on a journey, one island at a time, to experience the culture, art, history, food and dance of each island. Enroll at or call 945-2414.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees…I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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