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Gerdenich leaves arts council

Aspen Times Staff Report

Linda Gerdenich, executive director of the Aspen Snowmass Council for the Arts, has resigned her post, effective today.

“The time has come for me to pursue other endeavors,” Gerdenich said in a press release issued by the council. “I have thoroughly enjoyed moving the Arts Council forward as a viable part of the Aspen cultural community.”

Gerdenich recently completed her third summer with the ASCA and has lent her “considerable skill” in public relations to the council for the past 2 1/2 years, according to the release. During her tenure, Gerdenich initiated the weekly program, “Aspen/Snowmass Art Scene” on GrassRoots TV; “All About The Arts,” a weekly column in the Aspen Daily News; and “Standing Room Only,” a weekly KAJX Public Radio program.

Coming to the council from Indianapolis, Gerdenich served most recently as volunteer services manager at The Children’s Museum. Concurrently, she was director of marketing for the Oakwood Corp. and adjunct professor in human resource management in nonprofit organizations for Indiana-Purdue University.

With a background in dance, Gerdenich was instrumental in bringing together city of Aspen officials and local arts leaders to continue a summer dance festival in Aspen last year after the demise of DanceAspen.

She has experience as a performing artist, choreographer and dance teacher.

“Linda’s been a great asset for the council and will be missed most deeply by the Red Brick artists and arts organization tenants who have come to love her caring and sincere advocacy,” said Janet Garwood, ASCA board president. “We wish her well in all of her future endeavors.”


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