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Literacy grants announced

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is awarding more than $48,000 in grants this year to 29 recipients in the communities where Swift Communications, which owns The Aspen Times, conducts business.

More than 240 applications were received. Grants are provided to selected programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as to programs focusing in the arts, languages and sciences.

Three nonprofit organizations in the Aspen area will receive funding. Those are:

Aspen Elementary School — $1,594.55.

Science in Schools at Crystal River Elementary School, Basalt — $2,250.

Fat City Farmers, Basalt — $2,500.

Red Brick names new executive director

Angie Marasco Callen has been named executive director of the Red Brick Council for the Arts. She succeeds Debra Muzikar, who resigned from the organization after eight years of service.

The Red Brick Council for the Arts is a community arts organization that provides arts education and experiences to school-age children and adults. The council also manages the Red Brick Center for the Arts, home to eight nonprofit organizations and 15 artists in residence.

Callen, a native of the Pittsburgh area, attended Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 2003 with a degree in civil engineering.

Callen was instated as the executive director on May 1. A newlywed, she makes her home in Emma, along with husband Jim.


Meeting set for new justice program

A community informational meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. on May 30 at 428 Rio Grande Place in the Rio Grand Room (behind the courthouse, across from the jail lobby) to discuss the establishment of a program for criminal offenders who suffer from mental illnesses.

The meeting comes after the Pitkin County Court, the district attorney, Probation, mental-health providers, the Public Defender’s Office and law enforcement formed a task force that has been meeting to explore the best ways to address, treat and stabilize offenders with mental-health problems in Pitkin County.

The task force is in the process of finalizing a treatment-based model and will be seeking applications soon from mental-health providers for participation in designing and implementing the program.

Members of the task force will attend the meeting and will provide additional information about the extent of such a program and how it can be implemented. The task force is seeking input from the community and from various mental-health providers in order to successfully establish this program.

For more details, call Stephanie Hall at 970-384-3005.