Tucker Szymkowicz – Executive Director
Lia Cristadoro – Watershed Education Program Director
Pam Lifton-Zoline – Clute Science Fiction Library Program Director
Dr. Britt Bunyard – Telluride Mushroom Festival Program Director
Ashley Smith – Development Support and Telluride Mushroom Festival Co-Operations Manager
Madeline Gonzalez Allen – Climate and Culture Consultant, UN Mountain Partnership Summit, TI Indigenous Programs
Art Goodtimes – Talking Gourds Program Co-Director
Dr. Galaxy Stardancer – Talking Gourds Program Administrator
Emma Youngquist – Talking Gourds Program Co-Director
Rosemerry Trommer – Talking Gourds Advisory Committee
Dr. Dan Collins – Chief Investigator SCAPE
Richard Lowenberg – Special Projects Director, Mountain InfoZone Program
Evan Iverson – Interim Director of Science and Research
Former Institute president and long-time trustee, Art helps run the Telluride Mushroom Festival as advisor to the director and poet-in-residence (1981-present). Currently he is involved as director of three Institute initiatives: the Talking Gourds poetry program, which includes a monthly Poetry Club, an annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival, and the national Fischer Prize for poetry; the Ute Reconciliation program, which includes the annual Indigenous Peoples Day and cultural outreach to the Western Slope’s dispossessed owners, the Ute Nation; and the Fen Advisory project — to continue a longitudinal study by Colorado State University’s Dr. David Cooper in the Prospect Basin fens within the Telluride ski area. Former poetry editor for Twin Peaks, Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth, Mountain Gazette, and other zines, he currently is poetry editor for Fungi magazine and the on-line Sage Green Journal. He served as the first Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-12). His latest poetry books are As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007) and Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013). He performs his poetry widely in the region.
Devoted to helping others explore their creative potential, Rosemerry is the co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast on creative process (with Christie Aschwanden), co-director of Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club (with Art Goodtimes) and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change (with Sherry Richert Belul). She also directed the Telluride Writers Guild for ten years.
She teaches and performs poetry for addiction recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats, teachers and more. Past clients include Camp Coca Cola, Craig Hospital, Business & Professional Women, Deepak Chopra, Think 360, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Desert Dharma, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride Literary Burlesque and Colorado Mesa State University.
She performs as a storyteller, including shows in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, at the Taos Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Her TEDx talk explores changing our outdated metaphors.
She believes in the power of practice and has been writing a poem a day since 2006. Her daily poems can be found at https://ahundredfallingveils.com/. Favorite themes in her poems include parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, science, thriving/failure and daily life.
Richard was a founding Programs Director of the Telluride Institute from 1984-96, and led its InfoZone project (the first rural Internet PoP (1992) and wireless community WAN (1995).
He was thereafter Executive Director of the Davis Community Network for ten years, while also being Adjunct Professor of Technoculture Studies, and Artist in Bioregional Residence at UC Davis, 1996-2006.
Richard’s writings have been widely published and artworks have been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum, San Francisco MoMA, NTT Tokyo and the Venice Biennale. In the 1970s he established and led a number of NASA-Arts Collaborations and has continued to be involved in arts/sciences/society initiatives over more than 50 years.
In a renewed working relationship, Richard is now Special Projects Director, Telluride Institute, establishing and leading the Mountain InfoZone Program.
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