Bettina Swigger Exit Interview

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It’s always hard to keep ‘em down on the farm, and, sadly, the Pikes Peak Region will lose another great friend to the arts this week as Bettina Swigger, the first Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, departs to become the Executive Director of Festival Mosaic in San Luis Obispo, California. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Swigger attended Colorado College, co-founded the amazing underground venue The High Life House with her partner, Aaron Retka, and worked as the Manager of the Summer Arts Festival at Colorado College before joining COPPeR.

We grabbed Bettina for one last interview to get her perspective on where the arts have come, where they’re going and what we can do to keep people like her in the community.

(For more about the current state of the arts in the Pikes Peak Region, be sure to tune in to Western Skies this Sunday at 11 a.m. on KRCC.)

 

2 Responses to Exit Interview With Bettina Swigger

  1. kay johnson says:

    Really smart and articulate. Hope there is someone like her in the wings to step into her shoes!

  2. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Thank you for your energetic presence and contributions to our community. You’ll be a great success in California. Just remember there is no rule against returning!

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