Every year Aspen City Council establishes 10 top goals that it wants to accomplish over the course of the year. The "Definitely Aspen" campaign was dedicated to one of the 2012-2013 goals, which was in essence an exploration of small town character. For the goal we created a website called www.definitelyaspen.com. That site is not live anymore but everything that was there is now on this page.
The goal primarily seeks to engage citizens and visitors in innovative and fun ways to explore small town character -- what it means to them and the various ways to express, share and celebrate it.
This is not an exercise meant to define small town character as one thing. It is a celebration of what Aspen is, which is definitely many things all at once. It's an opportunity to have fun, share your ideas, potentially see Aspen through the eyes of guests and your fellow residents and serve as a means to explore creative avenues for expressing the variety of feelings we all have for this place.
The end result of this goal is not pre-defined. This is not meant to create policy, although that is possible. The "Definitely Aspen" campaign and associated activities are meant to be an evolving and participatory exercise in community. To that end, the City of Aspen is interested in hearing your ideas on what you would like to see happen in Aspen that may communicate, evoke or enhance small town character, whatever that means to you. Some ideas we would like to pursue include picking out a novel about small towns and reading it as a community and holding various book clubs, a block party, a monologue festival with people sharing their favorite Aspen stories, photo exhibits, a day in the life essays and more. There is no limit so please share your thoughts. Check out our Journal page on this site to learn about the Aspen traveling journal. And please, use the Contact page to tell us your ideas, host an event or offer feedback.
Thanks for taking part in DeFINitEly Aspen, in a town we think is really FINE.
On Sunday, March 24th from midnight to 11:59 p.m. we asked people to document a moment of their life in Aspen. We asked for essays, photos, songs, videos, art or any other way to capture a snippet of time over that 24 hour period that exemplifies a particular moment or day in Aspen. Below are the entries we received.