Jason Zacharias

It’s been a long, difficult year for those in the arts community, their friends and families. As many of you know, Gerry Riggs (former Director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS), local artist Timber Kerwin and, now, Jason Zacharias (pictured above) of OpticalReverb Art Hub have all recently taken their own lives.

We at KRCC wish to offer not only our condolences to all of their friends and families, but also to encourage anyone affected by these losses or having similar thoughts of suicide to seek help. As Bettina Swigger, Direcor of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, pointed out in this memorial blog post, there are many resources including the Suicide Prevention Network of the Pikes Peak Region, which you can call at: (719) 596-LIFE.

As Andrea Chalfin reported in May, El Paso County has one of the highest suicide rates in the country with an estimated 100 suicides per year. If nothing else, we all have a responsibility to watch for the signs in ourselves and others.

There will be a memorial service for Jason Zacharias this morning at 10 a.m. at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou, 103 Pawnee Ave in Manitou Springs. Donations to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region may be made HERE.

For those wishing to leave a memorial note for Jason and his family, you can do so on Facebook HERE.

 

One Response to Arts Community Mourns Another Loss to Suicide

  1. Sarah Hope says:

    I remember Matt and I bought one of the first pieces of art for our new house from Jason. A Marc Hubert piece. He was so enthusiastic, his energy was infectious. I was so impressed by his tireless efforts to weave art into the fabric of our community. His contribution will sustain itself, and grow. In that way he’ll live on. We will miss you Jason! -Sarah Hope and Matt Chmielarczyk

News

AP
February 6, 2016 | NPR · Peter Saunders, a British survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, was a prominent and outspoken critic of the Vatican, pushing for more measures to protect children and punish pedophilia.
 

February 6, 2016 | NPR · Pyongyang says it will be launching an “observation satellite,” but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. The launch had previously been scheduled between Feb. 8 and 25.
 

NPR
February 6, 2016 | NPR · Israel has made a deal to create an area at Judaism’s holiest site where women and men can pray together. But some say creating a government-supported egalitarian prayer space undermines unity.
 

Arts & Life

WireImage
February 6, 2016 | NPR · Game of Thrones may have killed off many major characters, but the manipulative, scheming Queen Cersei is still standing. We’ve invited Headey to play a game called “You win and you die.”
 

February 6, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn’t kept up.
 

AP
February 6, 2016 | NPR · Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
February 6, 2016 | NPR · With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbrara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.
 

Coldplay Music/YouTube
February 6, 2016 | NPR · These days, it’s pretty much impossible to miss a discussion on cultural appropriation. But we explore where we draw the line between what’s acceptable and what’s downright offensive.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 6, 2016 | NPR · The duo School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012. Alejandra Deheza didn’t know then that her bandmate and songwriting partner wouldn’t live to see its release.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab