Wyoming Arts Council

Arts Learning

There are many opportunities to participate in arts learning in Wyoming!

The Wyoming Arts Council is dedicated to advancing the arts and providing arts learning experiences in both schools and the community. Through high quality arts engagement, arts integration, and arts exploration, arts learning builds cultural understanding, mutual respect, and strong communities. Arts learning empowers students of all ages and backgrounds to build a greater understanding of self.

Arts learning provides the knowledge, skills and understanding to actively engage in the arts throughout a lifetime. Arts literary also fosters connections between the arts, and between the arts and the community.

The Arts Council works to advance arts learning and cultivates creativity through grant programs, educational outreach and arts learning partnerships.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts Learning Innovations Award 2021

The Wyoming Arts Council’s “Arts Learning Innovation Award” was established to recognize a distinguished Wyoming arts educator in all artistic disciplines including, theater, dance, visual, literary and performing arts. The award is a collaborative partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference. The conference, which will be held virtually again this year on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, honors outstanding educators that are incorporating digital learning into their work.

As a supporter and partner in arts education, the Arts Council is dedicated to making the arts fundamental to education, particularly in supporting programs that serve Pre K – 12 students. The Arts Council established an arts learning award to promote awareness and appreciation of arts educators, recognizing their creativity, talent and leadership in education.

The Arts Learning Innovations Award is an award to recognize a Pre K-12 Wyoming arts educator, who is utilizing new and innovative ways to incorporate arts in their classroom or in an online environment.

Nominations for the 2021 Arts Learning Innovations Award Are Open!

The recipient of this award will be notified by the Wyoming Arts Council and will receive an Amazon gift card and free registration to attend the 2021 Wyoming Innovations in Learning Virtual Conference, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 where they will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

Who May Nominate?

The opportunity to nominate outstanding Wyoming arts educators for this award is open to all. Areas to consider in the nominating process of a Wyoming arts educator include:

  • This leader in arts education has transformed arts education practices.
  • This leader in arts education has shown professional attention on providing quality arts education.
  • This leader in arts education increase public awareness of the importance of quality arts education.
  • This leader in arts education set standards for quality art education and show how they can be achieved.
  • This leader in arts education empowers students.



Wyoming licensed and certified arts educators in any art discipline – theater, dance, visual, literary and performing arts are eligible.

Award Selection

Nominations are submitted through the online nomination form located on the Wyoming Arts Council website. Members of the Wyoming Arts Council and Wyoming Arts Council board will decide the recipient of this award.




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Grant Opportunities

Schools Districts may apply for funding to enrich and extend their arts education programming. Some examples of this include bringing in artists for residencies or performances, purchasing new equipment which will grow a program, or after school programming. WAC expects that school districts will provide basic arts education as is required by law, but does occasionally work with schools to get new programs off the ground or revive old programs. Under our new granting system, school districts may apply for a Community Support Grant, through which they could fund a series of programs a variety of schools, or depending on the population size of the community, may also be eligible to apply for the Arts Access Grant.

Organizations apply for funding to bring artists into schools, senior centers, arts centers, or to do special projects involving education such as summer camps, or to support classes. Organizations who have ongoing programming should apply for the Community Support Grant.

Arts Education Associations

WY Music Educators Association
This association is for Wyoming music educators of all levels. The organization distributes important information about All State Music and is used to request information and talk about issues of interest. To subscribe click here. This takes you to WMEA’s pages where you can learn more about them and music education in the state.

Executive Director
Sean Ambrose
Website: https://wyomea.org/

WY Secondary Art Educators

This association is for WY art teachers who teach grades 9-12. (read more…) Wyoming Secondary Art Educators (WSAE) distributes information about the WY High School Art Symposium, the Fall Conference and other topics of interest. Visit the WSAE website here. 

Shanoa Gardiner, Mountain View – president.wsaea@gmail.com
Website: https://www.wsaea.com/

WY Art Education Association

The Wyoming Art Education Association (WYAEA). WYAEA is a state affiliate of NAEA, the National Art Education Association and works to provide resources for art educators, as well as recognize distinguished art educators for their achievements. Visit their website for more information about their mission and values.


Wyoming Thespians
Wyoming Thespians is for drama coaches and educators who work with students grades 9-12.

Chapter Director
Bradlee W. Skinner
Green River, WY
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WyomingThespians/?ref=page_internal

Contact: Amara Fehring