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 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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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

The Uncanny Tale Of PTC No. 6, Kit Carson's Carousel

PTC No. 6, rejected and then scorned, was eventually embraced in Kit Carson County.
Maura Walz

At 109-years old, it is the only of its kind in the country; still, few outside of those living in this rural county seat have heard of Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel No. 6.

It’s simply called “the carousel” by most Burlington, Colorado residents.

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5:00am

Thu July 31, 2014
Arts District

Not The Heroine, She's The Author: Teen Knows YA Market

Author Maya Bode in her "book nook," for writing and reading. It was formerly a closet in her parents basement.
Carrie Saldo

While many kids her age are busy dodging their summer reading assignments, 14-year-old Maya Bode has just wrapped up her second book. Writing her second book, that is.

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6:00am

Thu July 24, 2014
Arts District

Culturally Curious? Meet Cross-Cultured

A member holds up their Cross Cultured pass en route to an event at the Denver Art Museum.
Go Play Denver, via Twitter

Like many 20-somethings, Cory Montrevil is reluctant to commit to a long-term relationship. A new program, named Cross-Cultured, links young, short on cash, socially-active people, such as Montrevil, with 10 potential cultural partners and 30 events, all at a steep discount.

All that has him willing to take a chance - on the arts.

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