Aspen recognized with Governor’s Arts Award
Aspen was one of two Colorado cities to be recognized with a 2013 Governor’s Arts Award for its efforts to enhance the community and economy through strategic use of the arts. Pueblo also received the award.
“Congratulations to Aspen and Pueblo for their exceptional work in growing Colorado as a premier creative hub,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “These cities’ commitment to investing in arts, creative industries and educating on the importance of the arts expands both cultures and our economies. We also want to thank the businesses and the entire communities of Aspen and Pueblo for supporting local artists and arts organizations.”
Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland will attend a luncheon on April 12 at the close of the 2nd Annual Creative Industries Summit in Pueblo to receive the awards, which are original three-dimensional works by artist Michael Clapper of Denver. The artworks will hang in public locations in the respective cities, and a third work by Clapper will become part of the state’s public art collection.
Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, annually convenes a panel to review nominations. In selecting Aspen and Pueblo as the recipients, the review panel commended Aspen for its unparalleled long-term commitment to the arts and Pueblo for leveraging the arts to revitalize the community. The other nominated cities were Lone Tree, Broomfield and Colorado Springs.
‘Senior Symposium’ kicks off elderly care initiative
The Aspen Valley Foundation is launching a new initiative to meet the growing needs of Roaring Fork Valley seniors with its Senior Symposium on Friday at the Hotel Jerome. Titled, “Our Seniors: The Oldest Kids in Town,” the event will take place in remodeled ballroom at the Jerome from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free and open to all seniors, their families and caregivers.
Presentations by faculty members of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Division of Geriatric Medicine, will include cognitive impairment, depression, medications, and exercise. A complimentary continental breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception are provided. The Senior Symposium is sponsored by The Louis and Harold Price Foundation and held in cooperation with Pitkin County Senior Services.
Following welcoming remarks from Kris Marsh, president and CEO of the Aspen Valley Foundation, Marty Ames, director of Pitkin County Senior Services, will provide insights and the newest demographics about our local seniors. There will then be an update on the progress of the 148-unit Continuing Care Retirement Community planned to open in Basalt in the spring of 2016.
The Senior Symposium is part of an eight-year senior care initiative funded by a $1.5 million endowment from the Louis and Harold Price Foundation. It will include monthly educational lectures by geriatric specialists invited to the valley, among other programs.
To RSVP for Friday’s event, please call (970) 544-1298.
Library launches book club
Pitkin County Library is launching a non-fiction book club on the first Saturday of the month at 4:15 p.m., starting with a kick-off meeting on Feb. 2. Do you love to learn about people, places and ideas? Is it true that fact is often stranger than fiction? The group will offer a respectful environment to read about and explore new topics, share ideas, and enjoy conversation. Free and open to all. For more information, call Drew at 429-1920.