Aspen Art Museum to host ‘In Service’ program for veterans, first responders |

Aspen Art Museum to host ‘In Service’ program for veterans, first responders

Staff report

The Aspen Art Museum will host military veterans, first responders and their families on Saturday for “In Service: Art & Healing.” The biannual program promotes healing through contemporary art.

It will run from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. and is scheduled to include a guided tour of museum galleries, art-making activities, complimentary lunch at SO Café and a group hike.

Museum CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman calls the program “a key philosophy of AAM programming: namely, that art helps foster a more awakened state and has the power to change your perspective. We look at art and talk about art as a means to understand and be understood.”

“In Service” is part of a broader outreach initiative by the museum to reach a wide community. These efforts earned the Aspen Art Museum the 2017 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal — the highest honor for institutions in the U.S. that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Local outreach efforts are guided by the Access Community Advisory Council

“Art, like life, provides the chance to look again, start over, and begin anew,” Zuckerman said of the veterans’ program. “This natural connection to mindfulness and wellness is only heightened when supplemented by activities like art making, meditation and hiking.”

Saturday’s events are presented in collaboration with Challenge America. A representative of Huts for Vets will lead the afternoon group hike.