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 September 18, 2014
Arts District

Dairy Center 'Flood' Exhibit Presents Photos Both Stark, Therapeutic

'Submerged' captured the flood waters raging in Evergreen.
Andrew Beckham

Marking a year post-flood in Colorado, The Dairy Center for the Arts is exhibiting 33 black-and-white and color photographs captured by photographers who live and work on the Front Range. In FLOOD: A Thousand Year Event, unmitigated contrasts are presented: Destruction and rebirth; restoration after loss; calamity and, oddly, the center's Curator of Visual Art and Education, Mary Horrocks notes, beauty.

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6:00am

Mon September 15, 2014
Arts District

What's An Art Car? In Short, Creativity Fueled Fun

"Phoenix the Dragon" released puffs of smoke and towered over parade spectators.
Carrie Saldo Arts District

Nearly 80 art cars, some rumbling loudly and one flicking flames aloft, cruised through Trinidad Saturday, transforming the quiet community into a sculpture gallery on wheels.

Take a look through the slideshow and you'll see vehicles from as far away as Boston participated in the second annual “ArtoCade," which was launched by resident Rodney Wood on behalf of the city's tourism board.

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5:00am

Thu September 11, 2014
Arts District

With Ken Burns' 'Roosevelts,' Watch A Little Or Watch A Lot

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington, DC, June 12, 1919.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY

They were a family that dominated early 20th century politics, occupying the halls of power in New York, the Navy and ultimately the White House – more than once. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, could very well be the (latest) reason you drag yourself into work bleary-eyed.

When Ken Burns' latest debuts in all its seven-part, 14-hour glory, PBS will also be testing audiences' appetite for binge-watching; making the entire series available for streaming after the first episode airs.

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5:00am

Thu August 21, 2014
Arts District

Oscar-Winner Steve McQueen On ‘Truth’ In Art

Director Steve McQueen speaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass.
Emily Chaplin C2 Photography

More than the sum of his film work – most notably the critically acclaimed Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave – the British-born Steve McQueen is also a distinguished visual artist. His works include sculpture, photography and video art.

McQueen’s approach shuns simplicity, challenging people to think deeply about race, ethnicity, and the nature of human conflict.

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6:18am

Thu August 14, 2014
Arts District

With New Home Open, Aspen Art Museum Focuses On The Art

The new Aspen Art Museum.
Dave Bowden

Aspen has been home to a contemporary art museum for 35 years. Now, after seven years of controversy over design and size, the Aspen Art Museum is open in its new $45 million home.

Officials say it’s finally all about the art.

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