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Aspen Art Museum needs to get real

Dear Editor:

Both Andy Stone and John Colson have recently written very lucid and clear columns in The Aspen Times on why public land should not be sold to the Aspen Art Museum.

I was a member of the Art Museum for 20 years, but gave up my membership because I could no longer relate to their exhibitions and felt the museum had abandoned our community. Interesting that I as an artist have chosen not to be a member of the AAM for several years now, but they kept sending me information as though I am. Had to finally call and ask them to cease and desist. I figure they include former members on their list in order to inflate their stats.

A couple of other points: People wonder why performing groups using the old youth center can’t just take over the current museum space if it were vacated. It is my understanding that the city will not allow consistent performance-related events to be held there: A) because of parking concerns, and B) the space is in a riparian zone. Also, where is the guarantee that the big new museum will have a dedicated “black box” space to accommodate resident performers and other civic groups? How much concern will the private funders of a $23 million building dedicated to contemporary art have for meeting the needs of various resident groups that currently use the old youth center? Get real.

Susan Mauntel


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