Art show was a hit |

Art show was a hit

Dear Editor:

A huge thanks to all who made the 2011 “ArtStart: the Kid’s Show” such a success.

This past Thursday evening, more than 700 students and parents joined us at the Red Brick Center for the Arts to show support for art in education. ArtStart is a collaborative effort between the Red Brick Council for the Arts, the valley’s home-schoolers and schools from the Aspen, Snowmass, and Woody Creek areas.

Thank you to our sponsors who support and believe in our goal: Alpine Bank, the Aspen Thrift Shop, and Bob Nix. Thank you to our event sponsors: Dominos Pizza, Tasters Pizza, and Paradise Bakery for filling our tummy’s with tasty morsels. Thanks to Heidi Curatolo and her Suzuki Violinists – you made the reception extra special with your wonderful performance. To the school art teachers Carole Stewart, Rae Lampe, Hillary Forsythe and Paula Ponto: Thank you for all the hard work you do throughout the year and for making the art ready for this event.

To the team of volunteers who installed and will take down the exhibition, we could not do this without you. And to all the parents who attended the ArtStart reception, thank you for showing your support for the kids and for the arts.

A major goal of the Red Brick Council is to promote art in education. A recent study from the Colorado on the Arts Council found that students who participated in arts related activities performed markedly better on academic achievement tests. In today’s world where so much emphasis is placed on the “score,” we should not overlook the important role that art plays in a child’s development.

Don’t forget to thank your art teachers for providing the caring, nurturing and mentoring that enhances the quality of our children’s lives.

Debra Muzikar

Executive director, Red Brick Council for the Arts

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