The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is a unique institution, offering world-class programming in a small, isolated, rural community. The museum is in a position where it can address the opportunities and challenges that our surrounding communities in a hundred-mile radius face through art education. The goals of increasing geographic reach and community service are essential moral fibers of the museum’s conviction that art matters in shaping an equitable, flourishing society.
Programs for K–12 Students and Teachers
Building on the AAM’s School Programs, AAM Educators travel to Eagle County, Garfield RE2, Delta County, and Lake County School Districts to provide teachers with professional development, which augments skills that can be used throughout the year.
Programs for Spanish Speaking Families
In 2015, the AAM developed Arte en Español, a community-driven initiative bringing art education and appreciation to Spanish-speakers of the Roaring Fork Valley in collaboration with the radio station La Tricolor 107.1. These quarterly events at the AAM provide free food, art making, and cultural experiences such as concerts, spoken word, and more, all entirely in Spanish. To reach families that perhaps cannot travel to the museum, La Tricolor and the AAM collaborate to provide on-air art education lessons through the segment Arte en el Aire. These radio programs have a reach of thousands of Spanish-speaking listeners from Aspen to Rifle, and suggest new ways to find and make art in our everyday lives.
Community Partner Programs in Rural Communities
The AAM increases cross-community collaborations, civic engagement, and community connectedness across Western Colorado through partnership programs with local non-profit arts and cultural organizations. One such program is “Art Lunch,” a free program featuring art appreciation for adults, art-making for children, a pop-up art show, a hosted lunch, and a paid field trip to the AAM. Art Lunch can be offered as a stand-alone event or modified to support an existing program at the organization. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.