Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and, over time, has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, operas, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen (Aspen Laugh Festival, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, and Shining Mountains Film Festival), celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting. The Wheeler Opera House is owned and operated by The City of Aspen. It’s a great time for the Wheeler—the house is the envy of theaters big and small around the world.
The Wheeler Arts Grant program is a part of The City of Aspen whose overarching program supports arts and community nonprofit organizations through annual grants and in-kind contributions totaling close to $1 million. This year, approximately $400,000 in cash funds and $15,000 of in-kind support will be distributed to nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Of the total grant amount, $100,000 comes directly from the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax fund. The remaining amount is generated from Wheeler revenue sources, such as fees and lease space rent. The Wheeler is proud to support the arts in Aspen and looks forward to the many contributions of these arts groups throughout the year.
Now in 2019, the Wheeler continues its legacy of growth and community with the summer’s free series, Sunset Sessions; On the Rise, which features up-and-coming national and local artists; Shining Mountains Film Festival, which honors Native American history and culture; and Aspen Mountain Film Festival, five days of celebrating diverse mountain culture through film. And that’s all before a jam-packed winter series kicks off! Visit the Wheeler Opera House website (wheeleroperahouse.com) to stay up-to-date with all the events happening at the Wheeler.
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