About Us

The Plein Air Fesival in Aspen is organized by The Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen’s community arts center. We are a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) designation who focuses on building and strengthening community by creating an inspiring home for local organizations and the arts.

The 2016 Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen benefits our arts education and outreach programming, which consists of affordable art classes, workshops, social art experience, exhibitions, and more for everyone in the community. This is the second year of our exclusive hosting of a Plein Air Festival in Aspen, and we are excited to celebrate the wonderful Plein Air Artists who live and find inspiration in Colorado!

More about The Red Brick

For over 40 years, The Red Brick has been supporting local art by providing affordable art programs for children and adults. All of our programs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and monthly gallery openings are funded entirely by individual donations, community giving and foundation grants.  With a commitment to providing affordable and attainable options for artistic education and experiences to the whole community, our success lies in the financial contributions, volunteerism, and attendance of our supporters.

The Red Brick began as the Aspen/Snowmass Council for the arts in 1973, with the mission of lobbying the City of Aspen for additional arts funding.  Once that mission was successful, the Council continued its work to promote the arts through a membership program of artists and arts organizations.


In the late 1990’s, the Board of the Council began working with the City to convert the vacant Red Brick Schoolhouse (pictured) into a community center for the arts.  Due to the City funding required to obtain and renovate the building, the proposal was put on a voter ballot and passed.  By three votes.  With such a close margin, the opponents and proponents came together to work on an agreement that developed into what you now know as the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

What was once the Aspen/Snowmass Council for the Arts has evolved into the non-profit organization who presents educational opportunities, programs, and experiences in the arts while serving as the stewards and managers of The Red Brick Center, and together we are The Red Brick!