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Aspen Colorado Arts and Humanities Guide

David Evarts

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Far more than just a ski town, Aspen, Colorado takes part as a cultural leader for the nation. It shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise, with so many talented artists, musicians, directors and producers making their home in the community on a full and part time basis. Some may not realize the extent to which Aspen is involved in cultural activities though, and so we’re going to have a look at some of the ways in which Aspen distinguishes itself.

Beginning with the Aspen Art Museum, we find an institution presenting the latest, most significant change in international art. With such a clear sight on the pulse of the entire world, the AAM is in a unique position to offer up the very best to its visitors. You’ll find a full schedule of events and expositions for this non-collecting museum throughout the year, including benefits for the arts, domestic and international causes. Free admission is sometimes offered, courtesy of one of the local businesses. You’ll find Aspen’s patron love of the arts makes the Aspen Art Museum a very special place for residents and visitors alike.

The Aspen Center For Environmental Studies is another trend setting entity, in that it encourages the exploration of this world while teaching locals and visitors (some of which come from great distances for the experience, ) about both the local mountain flora and fauna, but our roll in it all as well. You’ll find nature hikes and talks on ecosystems, daily snowshoe walks, the chance to learn mountaineering survival techniques, and to learn how nature manages to survive in the harsh winter realities. There are even downhill skiing tours! A treat for the entire family, The ACES and its 25 acre nature center are proud to be a part of the Aspen cultural scene.

The Aspen Institute, an international non-profit organization, exists to foster enlightened leadership as well as encouraging open-minded dialogues. You’ll find their schedule includes a highly eclectic set of guests and subjects important to the world today. Their Aspen Health Forum, which is a medical science conference facilitating opportunities to learn about the future of medicine and exchange ideas with Nobel Prize winners, health policy experts. Leaders in business, politics, journalism and philanthropy join together at the Aspen Institute to enact change. You’ll find conferences on foreign and domestic policy, seminars with leading minds who discuss key figures in our world. Overall, this is a thinking person’s dream.

The Wheeler Opera House is amongst Colorado’s most prestigious live performance venues. Legendary artists past and present have played the Wheeler Opera House for over one hundred years! A wide variety of programs and artists ensures that you’ll find something there for most every taste. You’ll find acts such as John Prine and Mannheim Steamroller booked on the same stage as comedy duets. The Wheeler also has a cinema providing a venue for art-house film, classics, first-run films and other unusual and seldom found quality entertainment. A part of the cultural heritage of the Aspen community, they Wheeler gladly opens its doors to visitors as well.

As you can see, Aspen is a whole lot more than just a world-class ski resort town. Next time you visit, make sure to allow time to discover the cultural aspects of this extraordinary world leader.

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