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Aspen’s Arts Heart

Dear Editor:

The perfectly balanced triangle found a magical backdrop for the convergence of mind, body and spirit, the Aspen Idea then astonishingly ahead of its time in its simple but perfect ambition in the post-war world.

Art is at the heart of modern Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, and what helps give this place its utterly unique appeal, and upon which we can believe that Aspen’s future will remain vital and vibrant into the next generation.

The Paepkes would surely smile on the potential new milestone of an architecturally exciting new museum in Aspen’s evolution.

At such a pivotal moment for our community and beyond, I believe that Aspen would be wise to embrace the Art Museum’s ability to move forward in a measured but steady plan to build a downtown Aspen facility, which can only help cement our reputation as a one-of-a-kind destination in the entire world.

Say yes on 1 and try to imagine Aspen in twenty years. Aspen’s Arts Heart is indeed at the heart of the matter.

Every stakeholder in this community has benefited from the work of its many not for profit arts organizations, regardless of their personal preference or lack thereof for any individual art form. A downtown arts museum can only help move the community forward.

Personally, I hope to see it, and we’ll send a fine band over to help celebrate the occasion, should this exciting vision prevail!

Shigeru Ban, shoo bee doo wop hop and bop, yeah! Aspen is just different. Let’s keep it that way!

Jim Horowitz

Founder, President/CEO

Jazz Aspen Snowmass


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