Aspen design conference seeking volunteer assistance |

Aspen design conference seeking volunteer assistance

Aspen Times Staff Report

Volunteers are now being recruited to help with planning and producing the 49th annual International Design Conference in Aspen, to be held June 16-19.

Volunteers are needed before and during the conference. In exchange for working 15 hours or more, volunteers will earn a complimentary pass to the four-day conference.

Since 1951, people from all over the world have gathered in Aspen each spring for the IDCA to explore and discuss design principles common to all disciplines. This year’s conference theme is “” and will investigate the new digital landscape, what it is today and what it may be in the future.

Roaring Fork Valley residents may attend the conference at special discounted rates. In addition to the complimentary pass for volunteers, year-round residents can attend for $250, part-time residents may attend for $500 and a transferable “office pass” is available to local businesses for $375. The full conference registration fee is $750.

Children, ages 5 to 12, are invited to participate in “Design of Art and Technology,” a unique program at the conference on June 17-19. Staff from World Art Explorers of Denver will be on site to inspire children to create art with a high-tech influence. The cost is $125 and space is still available.

Free and open to the public is the IDCA Film Program, part of the Wheeler Opera House Community Series. Six films will tell of people whose lives are defined in the context of the cyber world. Showings at the Wheeler will be June 17, 18 and 19, beginning at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Ranging from paranoid thrillers to intimate personal stories, the films include popular hits such as “The Net,” “The Matrix,” “Desk Set” and “Total Recall.”

Future conferences will include “Spirit of Design,” scheduled for June 14-17, 2000 and “50 Years of Talking Design,” June 13-16, 2001.

For more information, check the IDCA web site at or contact IDCA at or 925-2257.

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