Arts community comes together for unprecedented event in Summit County |

Arts community comes together for unprecedented event in Summit County

It’s no secret that Sandy Greenhut, self-proclaimed Queen of the Arts, has been fighting for not only the arts community, but also the towns and ski resorts of Summit County to work together rather than compete with each other. And she’s not crazy. It’s been done before; about two decades ago, ski areas promoted winter as “Ski the Summit” and even sold passes to all four resorts.

But since then, Greenhut has seen Summit County towns, ski areas and arts organizations tend to fragment with more of an individualistic mentality than a countywide focus. Greenhut started Arts for the Summit, a monthly meeting with 23 nonprofit art organizations that produces a calendar of daily art events called Arts Alert, which tries not to schedule activities on the same evenings.

Now, she’s taking her cause even further with Fall for the Arts, a countywide weekend event Sept. 9-11, full of free music, history tours, art presentations, kids’ workshops, theater and more.

For example, the Breckenridge Festival of Film will show a movie, the Summit Historical Society will captain pontoon boat tours, the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee will lead a bike ride, Summit Public Radio will sponsor a hike up to its tower (complete with a live musician performing on top of the mountain), the Silverthorne Pavilion will host square dancing, the Silverthorne Recreation Center will hang art pieces, and the National Repertory Orchestra will bring in chamber music groups and simulcast opera.

Every town and ski resort will host at least one event, and restaurants and lodging companies will participate in special deals.

“Every organization has just come forward,” Greenhut said. “Every group has come up with something original … you name it; it’s on there, (though) it’s still a work in progress.”

Greenhut has applied for grants to support Fall for the Arts, and organizations are donating time, resources and programming. In fact, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is donating all of its proceeds from this Wednesday’s presentation of “Boeing, Boeing” to help pay for advertising related to Fall for the Arts. If the theater sells out, Arts for the Summit will raise $1,200.

“Boeing, Boeing” has garnered great success during its run so far. Adapted from Camoletti’s French farce, the Tony Award-winning comedy shows what can happen when a Parisian playboy, who’s engaged to three women, gets caught. For awhile, he kept the secret because plane schedules were slow enough to do so. But when the airline industry upgrades to faster Boeing jet planes and all three women arrive in Paris on the same day, the playboy must think fast to keep up his lusty luck.

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