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A vision achieved

Dear Editor:

Remember the elementary school over on East Hallam? I don’t, since I’ve only lived here three years, but I’ve met many people whose children attended grade school there ” or they did themselves!

About 12 years ago, the voters in this town decided to save this school building and turn it into a community resource. The result has been fantastic. The building, known as the Red Brick Center, now hous­es a branch of the ARC, with a variety of classes in the old gym area, and many of Aspen’s finest nonprofit organizations and 10 resident artists reside in the classrooms for reasonable rental rates. The Red Brick Council for the Arts is responsible for building management, but they also host monthly art shows for local artists and offer art classes for kids and adults.

The Red Brick Council for the Arts has been very busy these past few years, and if you take a walk down Hallam Street, you’ll see that the west end of the Red Brick Center has a new addition that’s just about finished. It’s an exciting, well­designed structure that says, “This town loves its community and the arts.”

Those of you who voted “YES” to save that old school building for a community resource and have supported the activities held there can now take a bow. Your vision has become a reality. I hope every­one will attend the dedication ceremony and our annual art auction on Saturday, June 30, at 1 p.m. You deserve the recog­nition and thanks.

Susan Olsen

Board vice president

Red Brick Council for the Arts

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