Wyoming Arts Council

Wyo. Cultural Trust Fund grants announced

The Equality State Book Festival sponsored by Casper College is one of 30 Wyoming cultural and heritage projects and sponsoring organizations to benefit from more than $400,000 in grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

Casper College will receive $10,000 from the WCTF to support the second Equality State Book Festival Sept. 18-20 at the college, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Fort Caspar Museum, and other Casper venues.

In all, $400,198 in grants was awarded to support the 30 projects by nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies throughout the state. The awards were approved by the five-member Cultural Trust Fund board at a recent meeting in Evanston. In all, the agency received 46 applications from 13 Wyoming communities and 12 counties. The requests totaled more than $1.2 million.

These requests were for a variety of projects including historic preservation, facility plans, outreach programming, archaeological site interpretation, cultural celebrations, long-range planning, staff and infrastructure development and enhanced seasonal performances.

This round’s grant awards were present to:

  • UW Art Museum, Laramie, “Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational,” $15,000
  • Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, Laramie; “Archaeology with an Altitude” — Interpreting a prehistoric alpine village at 10,700 feet in the Wind River Range, Wyoming; $20,000
  • ARK Regional Services, Laramie, music program for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, $5,000
  • Wyoming Humanities Council, Laramie, Wyoming Humanities Council & Community Colleges Humanities Festival, $14,107
  • Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association, Laramie, Horse Barn Theatre season, $4,000
  • UW American Heritage Center, Laramie, duplicating and digitizing the Ludwig Photographic Collection, $20,000
  • Wyoming Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Laramie, Wyoming Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial activities, $5,000
  • CAM-PLEX Heritage Center, Gillette, Robert Bluestone community outreach, $4,000
  • Carbon County Museum Foundation, Inc., Rawlins, community capacity building using cultural entities for economic development, $10,000
  • Promoting Arts in Lander Schools, Lander; “Reach Out, Reach Up!;” $3,000
  • City of Lander, Lander, Mount Hope Cemetery historical and cultural records access program, $4,000
  • Lander Area Chamber of Commerce, Lander, Heart of the West Invitational Art Show & Sale, $4,000
  • Wyoming PBS, Riverton, “Artists in Yellowstone” documentary, $25,000
  • Fremont County Library, Lander, Carnegie Library arts and performance space project, $6,000
  • Lander Art Center, Lander, Lander Art Center capacity building plan, $8,000
  • City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne, Cheyenne Heritage Education/Heritage Tourism Marker Project, $20,000
  • Laramie County Community College Foundation, Cheyenne, renovation of LCCC Playhouse Theater, $10,000
  • Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Foundation, Cheyenne, The Secret Garden Wall and Puppet Theater, $15,000
  • Original Oystergrass, Inc., Kemmerer, Oyster Ridge Music Festival stage, $20,000
  • Alliance for Historic Wyoming, Casper, building the alliance and campaign for South Pass, $9,190
  • Citizens for a Civic Auditorium, Casper, Casper Civic Auditorium architectural services, $25,000
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, endowment campaign, $30,000
  • Casper College, Equality State Book Festival, $10,000
  • Wyoming Arts Alliance, Casper, Statewide tour to meet with rural and municipal arts advocates, $9,401
  • Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Powell, Interpretive Learning Center Architectural & Engineering Services, $50,000
  • The WYO Theater, Inc., Sheridan, capital campaign planning and implementation, $20,000
  • Wyoming Community Foundation, Laramie, Powell centennial book, $6,000
  • Western Wyoming College Art Gallery, Rock Springs; Storage, care and presentation of Art Gallery gift from Andy Warhol Foundation, $8,000
  • Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Jackson, “Voices in Print” – Transcribing oral histories of Teton County, $12,500
  • Young Musicians, Inc., Evanston, sound equipment purchase, $8,000

FMI: Renee Bovee, WCTF, 307-777-6312.

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