"Guns in the Hands of Artists" Art Exhibit



As part of the week-long examination of violence in this country, the Aspen Ideas Festival is proud to present Guns In The Hands of Artists, a community-based social-activist artistic project. Decommissioned guns taken off the streets of New Orleans were distributed to over thirty internationally known artists to use as the raw materials in creating works of art addressing the issue of guns in our society. The exhibition fosters a conversation about guns in our society by bringing the discussion into the realm of art; without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue. (Photo: Taperuler Gun by Luis Cruz Azaceta, courtesy Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.) Read more about the exhibit.

Spotlight Health Previews

Check out Aspen Public Radio's multi-part series focused on issues that we’ll cover at Spotlight Health. Episode 2 features Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and Tom Rando (photo), director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at the Stanford School of Medicine. The two talk about what living longer can mean both emotionally and logistically. Register for Spotlight Health.


Get Involved!

Developed with Booz Allen Hamilton, the Aspen Ideas Award crowd-sourcing space has become a place of admiration, collaboration, and innovation. Check out the Award portal and vote and comment here through June 1. The live events — where five finalists will pitch their ideas to a Festival audience — will take place for Spotlight Health, Festival 1 and Festival 2. Read more about the Award on the AIF blog.


Listen to Ideas Year Round

This week on the Aspen Ideas To Go podcast we hear from author Phil Klay, whose book Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award. His collection of short stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan asks readers to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven are themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival. Subscribe here.