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Perfecting The Arts

Aspen is as much a haven for the Arts as it is for its outdoor pursuits– and we’re world famous for it. From our humble beginnings, bringing nature and inspiration together was always the idea–The Aspen Idea.


That idea of nurturing the mind, body and spirit has led to the genesis of a remarkable Arts & Culture community that features internationally acclaimed gatherings like the Aspen Ideas Festival, JAS Aspen Snowmass and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, innovators like the Aspen Institute and Aspen Art Museum, and home to a robust performing arts scene, arts openings and lectures by talented individuals both local and international.

Few places on Earth are blessed with the remarkable combination of world-renowned natural beauty, arts and culture like you’ll find in Aspen. Once you’re here, you’ll get the idea.



In the late 1940s, Aspen’s modern day founders, Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke, had a vision to make Aspen a destination for those seeking renewal of their mind, body and spirit. This “Aspen Idea” was the driving force behind the creation of the Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival & School, and still fuels the internal energy of our mighty mountain town to this day.

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