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Letter: The Gordon Cooper will thrive again

I would like to thank the Carbondale Trustees and all those that supported the CCAH/Dance Initiative proposal for the Gordon Cooper Library. There were great ideas for the use of the library and I hope, as a community, we find ways to make those ideas come to fruition. For CCAH, we are excited to have a presence in the downtown core, while still maintaining our space at Third Street.

This slight expansion is going to strengthen over 10 groups or businesses hoping to use the spring-loaded dance studios at the library, as well as bring SOL Theater and CCAH together under one roof at the Third Street Center. Our vision for the Third Street Arts Learning Center includes classes in various arts for young and old, free after-school art programs, life drawing and painting drop-in classes and potential space for artists to use.

As we look and dream of what can thrive in the old Gordon Cooper, the opportunities are endless. First, and foremost, providing a space for so many of our dancers to follow their passions will strengthen several dance businesses, as well as cultivate creative ideas and interactions between many arts disciplines. I must thank Peter Gilbert for his dedication to Dance Initiative. Together we envision spoken word interacting with dance, art gallery openings that include performance, rehearsal space for performers and musicians to hone their acts and an opportunity for artists to receive more visibility, and hopefully, sales in the new R2 Gallery.

We cannot be successful without the support of this wonderful, creative community that calls the Roaring Fork Valley home. We are alive and thriving in the Third Street Center so do stop by and visit. Our arms are open wide to creativity of all kinds.

Amy Kimberly

CCAH executive director

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