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Editor’s picks: Summit Countys best bets for the weekend

The National Center for Arts Research ranked Breckenridge No. 4 in its Arts Vibrancy Index for 2016.
Liam Doran |

Gabbing about all the great bands coming to town or a festival I’m excited about is nothing new for this column.

I think we can all agree that creating a vibrant arts community is a top priority not only because we as locals reap the benefits ourselves, but also because it just adds to the list of reasons people flock to our town like moths to a campfire. An arts vibrancy report released by the National Center for Arts Research reaffirms that we are on the right track when it comes to arts and culture in the county, placing Breckenridge at No. 4 in the Top 20 vibrant medium and small communities in the U.S. This is the same ranking the town received in 2015.

Robb Woulfe, of Breckenridge Creative Arts, was quick to note that this exciting distinction reflects not only the good work happening in Breckenridge, but also neighboring towns. Silverthorne has put arts and culture as a top priority in its plans for a new downtown district, and a ground-breaking celebration this Saturday for the new performing arts center is a true testament to its focus on that mission.

“Most everyone appreciates the intrinsic benefits of the arts — both in their beauty and how they inspire and connect us,” said Karlie McLaughlin with the Breckenridge Music Festival.

The economy is propelled by much more than just skiing and riding these days, as reflected by our shrinking off-seasons and high congestion of summer traffic. It’s the end of April, and just yesterday was the first time I thought, “Where is everyone?” while driving through Breckenridge.

There are so many organizations and creative people in Summit County who have contributed this ranking and have been working for years to elevate the arts.

“Certainly the report is about arts and culture, but it’s so much deeper than that,” Woulfe said. “When you start looking at all the culinary artists and the writers and the healing-art practitioners, you really do have this vibrant community of self-expression.”

Check out the full story on the report on Page A14.


Summit Music and Arts recently announced the winners of the 2016 Young Composers Competition. On Thursday, April 28, the community is invited to attend a concert that will showcase the original music created by the young musicians. Twenty students will present their work at the Summit Middle School auditorium in Frisco, and the concert is an opportunity for the community to show their support of these talented writers. Check out Saturday’s edition of the Summit Daily for a full story.

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