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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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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5:00am

Thu October 9, 2014
Arts District

'Race' Helps History Colorado Start A Hard Conversation

One of many questions posed by the exhibit 'Race: Are We So Different?'
Carrie Saldo Arts District

Fuzzy Logic is a subset of quantum physics that dismisses binaries – black or white – and instead places a premium on the shades in between. Having devoted much of the past two decades to improving race relations that reasoning speaks to Harold Fields, host of the Second Tuesday Race Forum.

"There are social differences that become invisible and unknown to those who don't have to deal with it," Fields said.

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5:00am

Thu October 2, 2014
Arts District

Bronze 'Snowmastodon' Now Stands As A Monument To Colorado Fossil Find

Hayden and Lindsey Taylor investigated 'Snowmastodon' just moments after it was set in place.
Carrie Saldo, Arts District

Mere 10-year-olds are no match for the latest addition to the grounds at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Forged from 10,000 years of inspiration, Snowmastodon commemorates the largest accumulation of the bones of its actual ancestors, the American Mastodon.

"I thought it was pretty cool," said Hayden Taylor. "It's big, too," his twin sister, Lindsey added.

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5:00am

Sun September 28, 2014
Arts District

City And Symphony Agree, Public Input Needed On Boettcher's Future

Graphic rendering of the Semple Brown Design firm's proposal for the Colorado Symphony to reconfigure Boettcher Concert Hall.​
Semple Brown Design

Call it a classic landlord tenant dispute. The City of Denver and the Colorado Symphony Association don't see eye-to-eye on what to do with the aging Boettcher Concert Hall. They do concur it is time to open up the dialogue.

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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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