Aspen Ideas Festival block party set for Sunday
ASPEN – A block party will be held on Sunday in connection with the Aspen Ideas Festival. Instead of taking up all or part of a city block, the free event will be held at Rio Grande Park.Organizers describe the event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, as a family-oriented activity for people of all ages. It will showcase speakers following a specific thought, a DJ, food and beverage vendors and a “trade show for ideas” with interactive booths, exhibits and special presentations.Roaring Fork Leadership, in conjunction with the Aspen Ideas Festival, is coordinating the event. Speakers lined up for the Aspen Ideas Festival Block Party include:• Julie Taymor and Laura Zabel, “Art Matters,” 10 a.m.Taymor has been hailed as one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the arts today. She is a Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director whose work includes Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and its all-time highest grossing show, “The Lion King.” Her films include “Titus,” “Frida” and “Across the Universe.”Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic-development organization for artists in the upper Midwest and beyond. One of Springboard’s newest initiatives is Community Supported Art, which connects artists directly with patrons through a three-month farm-share program. It has been replicated in more than 30 communities nationwide. • James P. Steyer, “Raising the 21st Century Child,” 11:30 a.m.Steyer is author of “Talking Back to Facebook,” a timely look at how digital media are affecting the social, emotional and cognitive development of children. Steyer is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for kids and media. He is a founding board member of the Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization supporting programs and policies that work to ensure that America’s young people grow up healthy, properly educated and well-prepared for the work force. He is also a consulting professor at Stanford University.• Lauren Bush and Michael Holthouse, “Jobs and the Economy,” 1:15 p.m.Bush is CEO, creative director and co-founder of FEED Projects and serves as the chairwoman of the board for the FEED Foundation. In 2004, she became an honorary spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Programme. As honorary spokeswoman, Bush has traveled to eight countries around the world, visiting World Food Programme operations, and helped start the Universities Fighting Hunger Campaign in the U.S. For years, Bush was a fashion model, appearing on the covers of such publications as W, Australian Vogue, Glamour, Town & Country and Tatler.Holthouse is an Inc. magazine entrepreneur of the year. His family foundation, The Holthouse Foundation for Kids, focuses proactively on at-risk youth. His philanthropic venture is called Prepared 4 Life, which prepares middle-school youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential after-school programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. His newest venture is Lemonade Day, a communitywide education event teaching youth how to start, own and operate their own businesses.Also at the park on Sunday, city of Aspen officials will conduct a dedication ceremony at 12:30 p.m. for the expanded John Denver Sanctuary, where a wetlands habitat has been created. Several speakers are lined up, including Annie Denver, former wife of singer-songwriter John Denver, an Aspen resident who died in a plane crash off the California coast in October 1997.Obermeyer Asset Management is providing financial support for the event. Steeplechase Construction is supplying large “idea blocks” on which kids will be encouraged to sketch ideas.For more information, call 970-544-7931.
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