Wyoming Arts Council

Case study: Jackson Arts Center

From a press release:

A successful community collaboration benefiting Teton County’s arts community will be the focus of a lunchtime roundtable at the sixth annual Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute, scheduled for Aug. 5-7 at the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie. Karen Stewart, executive director of the Jackson Hole Art Association, will share insights learned in the multi-organization effort during the session. Stewart will describe the process of building a coalition of arts groups and elaborate on the steps the group went through to create and construct the Center for the Arts. She’ll talk about what the group learned, in the hope that those lessons might smooth bumps in the road for other communities.

The Center for the Arts is a permanent home for 20 arts and education organizations. The center, which opened its doors in 2005, is a testament to the effectiveness of collaborations. Having these organizations now housed in the same building has enhanced the collaborative relationships among the residents. Since assuming the executive directorship, Stewart has guided the Jackson Hole Art Association through dramatic growth, more than tripling its educational scope, and the relocation to the Center for the Arts. She led the development of its community outreach programs serving adults and youth in a variety of settings and in the public schools. Stewart oversees the financial and management of the organization and is responsible for curating exhibitions and promoting the Art Association on a community and state level.

For more information on the Center for the Arts, visit its website: http://www.jhcenterforthearts.org/. For information on the Jackson Hole Art Association, visit its website: http://www.artassociation.org/.

For more information on SRNI 2007 or to register online, visit the institute website: http://www.srni.org.

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