Rocky Mountain PBS has named its Regional Innovation Center at Fort Lewis College after Durango resident Bliss Bruen.
Bruen, who died in September 2018, was a longtime community organizer, volunteer and public media supporter, and she was instrumental in helping RMPBS open the center.
“Bliss Bruen brought a tireless focus and passion for cultivating a collaborative environment for public media in Durango,” said Amanda Mountain, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media. “As a volunteer, Bliss inspired those around her to see greater possibilities through partnerships. As a colleague, she helped us refine our statewide Regional Innovation Center strategy by showing us how we could have a greater impact through the creation of more local content.”
In 2017, Rocky Mountain PBS announced its partnership with FLC to create an innovation center in Durango, an effort supported by Bruen’s leadership and diligence over several years. The center, which is in the Ballantine Media Center on the FLC campus, allows students to work with RMPBS producer-in-residence Carol Fleisher to tell the important stories of the region.
By renaming the center after Bruen, RMPBS is recognizing her work as a connector of people and ideas, according to a news release.
“Bliss helped us launch our campaign to raise $450,000 for the creation of a highly-collaborative journalism ecosystem through the development of staff, students and equipment in Durango,” Mountain said. “She embodied the mission of Rocky Mountain Public Media to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado, and her legacy will continue to inspire others to support public media in the region.”
Gifts in Bruen’s memory to support the Bliss Bruen Regional Innovation Center can be made at www.blissbruen.org.