Wyoming Arts Council

Upcoming deadlines for individual artists

The Wyoming Arts Council periodically sends out e-mail bursts about grants, application deadlines and special events. This one, which was sent out today, features news for individual artists. You can find more information at the WAC web site at https://wyoarts.state.wy.us

Performing arts fellowships

The Wyoming Arts Council invites Wyomingites involved in music performance to compete for the 2009 Performing Arts Fellowships.Postmark deadline is Dec. 12, 2008. The WAC welcomes applications from Wyoming residents 18 or older who are not full-time students pursuing high school, college or university art-related degrees.

The WAC will award up to two fellowships of $3,000 each to honor the most exciting, creative work by Wyoming instrumentalists and vocalists (individuals only). Two jurors from Arizona, vocalist/musician Ruth Lara Vichules and guitarist/composer Brad Richter, will choose the winners.

The agency’s fellowships are on a four-year rotation schedule among music composition; theatre and dance performance; music performance; and theatre direction, dance choreography and design for the stage.

Fellowship applicants must use a printed form and not the WAC Cybergrants system. You can find a printable application in the WAC web site at https://wyoarts.state.wy.us/IndArtist/Performing.asp. If you need further information, contact Michael Shay at the WAC in Cheyenne at 307-777-5234 or mshay@state.wy.us.

Apply for WAC Artist Roster by Dec. 1

The Wyoming Arts Council invites artists (individuals and groups) to apply for its 2009-2010 artist roster. Applications are accepted from all artistic disciplines. You must be a current Wyoming resident, 18 years of age or older. Postmark deadline is Dec. 1, 2008.

The roster gives a WAC “stamp of approval” to the roster artist and also serves as a resource to Wyoming communities, organizations and schools seeking quality artists for their local programs. A printable roster application is available on the WAC web page at wyoartscouncil.wpengine.com/.

For more information, contact one of these Wyoming Arts Council staffers: Karen Merklin, grants manager and roster coordinator, 777-7743, kmerkl1@state.wy.us; Annie Hatch, folk and traditional arts specialist, 777-7721, ahatch@state.wy.us; or Mike Shay, performing, literary and visual arts specialist, 777-5234, mshay@state.wy.us

WAC survey of individual artists

The Wyoming Arts Council is conducting a survey of individual artists through Dec. 31, 2008. The WAC seeks a large and representative sampling of artists, writers, performers and folk artists in the state. We will use the responses in our planning process. What are your thoughts on the Arts Council’s fellowship programs? What about its Individual Artist Professional Development grants? Should the WAC sponsor an annual gathering of individual artists? If so, when and where should it be held? More questions await your response at the Survey Monkey web site. To take the survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=WjiksSqR9_2bORiTJuyAbOKw_3d_3d

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