VOICES welcomes new Executive Director MinTze Wu

MinTze Wu
Gem Moore

VOICES, a local non-profit arts organization whose mission is to amplify often silenced voices in the Roaring Fork Valley through the arts, welcomes MinTze Wu as its new Executive Director.

“MinTze is an incredible artist with a genuine love for arts and crafts, but she’s also a professional with a passion for making things happen,” said Iliana Rentería, Chair of the Board of Directors of VOICES. “I look forward to watching her thrive in this new role and the fantastic and positive impact her leadership will have on VOICES.”

Wu, a resident of Carbondale since 2018, is a nonprofit violinist and arts leader. She is the founder of the Sounds of Lyons Music Festival and BenFeng Music Productions, where she served as producer and artistic director of several landmark productions including Death of the pugilist, under, Kreutzer, Xu Zhimo and his transfigured nightand the latest being a groundbreaking production of Benjamin Britten’s opera The turn of the screw in the fall of 2022.

Her artistic involvement in the Roaring Fork Valley includes Concertmaster of the Aspen Choral Society, Curator of the Garden Music Series, Contributor of Dance Initiatives & DanceAspen, and Ensemble Artist of VOICES’ recent Women’s Voices Theater Project. . swamps and the little mobile theater last summer THE ARTery.

Through participation in various projects with VOICES, the organization’s officials said, Wu gained a deep understanding of VOICES’ work in the community.

She recalled her introduction to VOICES as “one with openness, curiosity and honesty. It is a safe space held and maintained to seek and speak our truths. She said she looks forward to the work of deepening community relationships through new and existing VOICES projects, and valuing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility as pillars of the work of VOICES.

“This transition marks a pivotal moment in the growth of VOICES,” said founding Executive Director Renee Prince. “We have a dynamic and diverse team who are deeply committed to empowering marginalized voices in our valley, and I’m excited to see what they will accomplish next with MinTze’s vision and expertise at the helm.”

VOICES has been producing community arts projects in local schools and performance platforms across the Valley since its founding in 2016 by Prince and local philanthropist and poet Barbara Reese. Legacy includes the Youth Voices Project, the Women’s Voices Project, and Voices of Latin America, among others.

Prince plans to step down from VOICES on Nov. 1, when Wu will take over as helm. To learn more, visit voicerfv.org or catch their upcoming Queer Voices theater project at TACAW October 23-25.

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