Carrie Saldo

Arts & Culture Reporter

A native of Stamford, VT, I call(ed) the Berkshires of western Massachusetts my home. The Berkshires are a culturally rich area -- I’m talking pass the butter and heavy cream -- rich.

Degrees in English and Theatre from Manhattanville College (thanks mom) have been useful when I need to look good on paper. Toss in life-long dance lessons and two failed attempts at guitar mastery (sorry, dad) and you’ve got the broad brush strokes of how I landed here in Colorado.

I am the arts and culture maven for KUNC, RMPBS, and KUVO, which means I have a business card that folds out. The nuts and bolts of the gig go like this: host the weekly arts magazine television show, Arts District on RMPBS. Report on all things arts and culture for NPR member stations KUNC and KUVO.

Colorado’s arts and cultural scene is robust and diverse, at least that’s what Google tells me, and I suspect that’s the reason the bosses at all three organizations saw fit to craft this Transmedia position.  

Before I packed up my stuff, drugged my cat, and said “Westward, ho!” I was the host, writer, and a producer of Connecting Point, WGBY-Springfield’s nightly magazine program. While there, I busted out my backpack and video equipment to report on some serious stuff, the impact of the 2010 earthquake on a small village in Haiti, and some seriously fun stuff, the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail.

Nitty gritty: More than a decade of journalism experience, first for something called a daily newspaper and then on the airwaves of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Shout outs from: the Associated Press and the Edward R. Murrow foundation.

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5:00am

Thu November 20, 2014
Arts District

Denver Beards And Neckties, All From Your Local Neighborhood Vending Machine

Neighbor Supply vends a variety of locally made products
Carrie Saldo Arts District

Condoms, burritos, and neckties now have something in common, you can score one from a vending machine. The latter of the three, one Denverites' attempt to garner attention for locally made products, albeit in an unconventional setting.

Avant-garde inside and out, Neighbor Supply shakes up both the typical products and the look of a vending machine – be prepared to lighten your wallet with a wooden-faced vendor that deals out local, largely handmade artisanal goods.

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5:00am

Fri November 7, 2014
Arts District

For Some Veterans, Art Speaks When Words Fail

Ted Engelmann has spent his years since serving in Vietnam travelling to war and conflict zones. In this image, a soldier in Baghdad holds his father's Zippo lighter. A gift from one soldier to another.
Ted Engelmann, Vietnam Veteran

Wayne Williams and Adam Nilson are war Veterans. Even on United States soil, there are days when they feel far from at home. By creating art, they have found an unlikely way to settle in. They think it can help others too.

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5:00am

Thu October 30, 2014
Arts District

History Was Impetus, But It's Future Work That Drives Judy Chicago

One of Judy Chicago's latest works, part of her 'Heads Up' series.
Carrie Saldo, Arts District

Judy Chicago has long trumpeted the significant achievements of her gender. Often regarded as the mother of the feminist art movement, she – at 75 – is far more interested in work she's yet to conceive than her past labors.

"I've had a real battle," Chicago said reflecting on her career. "I've had reviews that are so awful the earth is supposed to open up and you are supposed to get into it, dig yourself underneath the ground, and never appear again."

That she refused to bury herself and continues to create new work inspired Denver's Red Line gallery to take a different approach to celebrating Chicago's career, five-decades in the making.

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5:00am

Thu October 23, 2014
Arts District

Dance Company Wants 'Edge' To Move Conversations About Race

Members of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in performance.
Courtesy Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson believes society is flanking a pivotal moment in race relations. The artistic director of one of Denver's most venerated dance companies said it is time to choose what happens beyond that brink.

"I have a tremendous excitement inside that says we're a part of something on the edge," Parker Robinson said during a rehearsal break. "That can be tilted either way. And I'm about being ready to tilt it in a way of upward movement."

That ascent takes the form of an evening of works titled On the Edge, three dances that commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.

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1:03pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Arts District

Bas Blue Aims To Build Resiliency With 'Lest We Forget'

Bas Bleu

"I think theatre is to 'hold the mirror up,' as Shakespeare says…" opined Bas Bleu Theatre Company founding artistic director Wendy Ishi. She invoked the Bard, forming an analogy between world events in current day Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq and what happened in World War II.

It's those dark realities of cruelty and injustice from yesterday and today that Bas Bleu is hoping to confront in a series of events they're calling Lest We Forget: A Weekend of Remembrances and Resiliency.

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