In 1942 the newly constructed Red Brick began as the home to Aspen's elementary, middle and high schools. As the number of students grew, the school district created a larger campus on Maroon Creek Road. By 1991 the school district had consolidated all classrooms to the Maroon Creek campus, and put the Red Brick up for sale. An organization knows as the Aspen Snowmass Council for the Arts, had the extraordinary vision and drive to petition for the City of Aspen to purchase the former schoolhouse and make it a home for the arts. By a slim margin of votes, citizens of Aspen in the August of 1992 election, agreed for the City to purchase the building with the stated intent of providing a long-term home for the arts, nonprofit organizations and other community uses.
The City of Aspen upholds the intent of the Red Brick Center for the Arts to be a vibrant community center by offering affordable rent to nonprofits and artists and creating venues and offerings for artistic engagement. The City of Aspen is committed to the Red Brick thriving as a shared space dedicated to enriching lives and the community.
Sarah’s tenure in the creative arts prior to joining the Red Brick Center for the Arts includes work in art galleries as well as arts education institutions. She supported all operations at the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, CO and helped build up the archival gallery collection of the late Jack Robinson in Memphis, TN. In the gallery capacity, Sarah enjoyed working with artists to bring exhibitions to life and building client relationships. While serving as Director of Operations at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, Sarah oversaw a range of areas including the residency program, new program research, Patton-Malot Gallery, Rothblum Gallery and the retail store. She curated exhibitions for the galleries and store that focused on showcasing experimental and innovative works. Sarah also spent a number of years as proprietor of an art consulting company, managing and procuring collections for private owners. Sarah believes in the essentialness of creativity in life and strives to create opportunities for engagement across all levels of experience. Sarah holds a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and an MFA from the College of Art & Design at Lesley University in Boston, MA.
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Kathy has worked with the City of Aspen’s Parks and Open Space Department since July 2017 and the Red Brick Arts Center since April 2018. Her diverse background, education, extensive training, computer skills, and sparkling personality make her a valuable resource to all. Kathy has over 22 years’ experience in administrative services and customer service. She is a long time local who lives in Basalt with her husband Scot and she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and spending time outdoors with her 3 adorable grandchildren.
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An Aspen native, John recently returned home after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Studio Art and minor in Art History. John enjoys working closely with the Resident Artists, supporting the gallery exhibitions and welcoming visitors to the Red Brick. Since an early age, John has been passionate about the arts and is excited to share it with others.
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