Colorado Creative Corridor Launches

The Colorado Creative Corridor offers visitors to the state an invitation to pair destinations through unique arts and cultural experiences. The Corridor takes visitors some 331 miles through five Creative District destinations, traveling through several different regions that tell the story of Colorado mountain culture. The rich arts communities of Carbondale, Salida, Crested Butte, Delta County/North Fork, and Ridgway combine to offer a collective experience of unique event programming and activities alongside mountain town eclecticism, outdoor recreation, and authentic Colorado flair. Downloadable itineraries, maps, and trip inspiration are located at Colorado.com.

Local Youth Poetry Submission Deadline

The Aspen Poets’ Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the furtherance of poetry in the Roaring Fork Valley, is seeking submissions from local students for possible inclusion in a forthcoming youth poetry anthology. The anthology, set to be published in August 2018 and distributed to all incoming middle and high school students, is supported by literary nonprofit Aspen Words and the Aspen Thrift Shop. Submissions are welcome from students living in and around the valley, from Aspen to Parachute. The deadline is May 31.

Young poets may submit up to three pieces for consideration by an editorial board. Works should be free of profanity and inappropriate language, and parents must approve their child’s submissions for publication. Poems must be emailed to both gfx@aspengfx.com and lisamaxz@aol.com to be considered. For questions, call 970.948.1855 or 970.379.2136.

Save the Date for “NU-TOPIA”

The community is invited to mark its calendars for “NU·TOPIA,” an original multi-media dance production created and directed by Loren Wilder. Wilder is a longtime valley resident and lighting designer with Aspen Dance Connection (ADC). “NU-TOPIA” features Colorado Ballet’s former lead dancers Amy Anderson and Greg Gonzales, University of Utah dancers, and local trapeze artists Jacque and Elyssa Edgerly. Performances will be held at the Wheeler Opera House on June 7-9 at 7:30 p.m., with an additional matinee show at 2:30 p.m. on June 9. Tickets are available at AspenShowTix.com (adults $25, students $15). “NU-TOPIA” is sponsored by Colorado Audio Visual and ADC, which is currently celebrating 40 years of bringing dance performances to the local community and reaching some 8,000 regional schoolchildren each year through educational dance programming.

Mountain Family Health Centers Recognized for Excellence

Mountain Family Health Centers recently announced recognition as a Gold Status Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) by the National Association of Community Health Centers. Becoming an ACE means that Mountain Family is working to make advocacy and patient engagement a priority. Mountain Family now has an Advocacy Task Force that meets monthly to discuss issues facing community health centers and the patients they serve, and also has 268 Advocates signed up with the Health Center Advocacy Network who regularly receive information on how to support the centers’ mission of serving more than 20,000 patients within the local service area. Mountain Family is also recognized as a Hispanic Advocacy Center of Excellence, one of only five Community Health Centers (CHCs) in the country to have this achieved such recognition.

Inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize Awarded

Fiction with impact: The new Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on our culture. On April 10, the inaugural winner was announced from a shortlist of five finalists: “Exit West” by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, about a young refugee couple. A ceremony was held at the Morgan Library in New York City. Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute, provides year-round literary and educational programming throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.