This e-newsletter is designed to provide a brief update on the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the happenings of its grant recipients.
It is our promise that this e-newsletter be brief, interesting and hopefully something that will provide you with ideas and contacts with other organizations around the state. If you wish to have your activity highlighted in this e-newsletter, please contact Renée Bovée, WCTF Program Coordinator.
WCTF Grant Deadline Rapidly Approaching & REVISED Forms
The postmark deadline for Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund’s (WCTF) grants for projects/events/activities beginning after January 1 is October 1.
The WCTF Board recently approved REVISIONS to the grant guidelines and application form. To obtain the revised guidelines and the application form, go to the WCTF website and click on Process.
The WCTF Program Coordinator, me, Renée, will be glad to review draft applications through approximately mid-September. Drafts can be sent via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take advantage of this draft review, as I can often help catch those “little red flags” which raise questions or otherwise jeopardize an application. Also, if you are still bouncing around a couple of ideas, feel free to call me at 307-777-6312 to talk and figure out the “best possible” option.
WCTF grants are restricted to non-profit and governmental entity applicants based in Wyoming and do require a match (though the match can include cash and appropriate in-kind).
Mid America Printmaking Council 2018 Conference, October 3-6
The Mid America Printmaking Council 2018 conference is coming west. The biennial national conference will be hosted by the University of Wyoming Department of Art and Art History October 3 – 6. The conference includes exhibitions, panel discussions, demonstrations, interaction with vendors and professional contact with artists and scholars.
Carla McGrath and Cole Rogers, co-founders of Highpoint Press, will be recognized as this the 2018 “Outstanding Printmakers” and will provide the keynote address on Oct. 4th. Wyoming writer, Samuel Western, will provide the keynote address on Oct. 5th. The University of Wyoming Art Museum will host several exhibitions including works from Highpoint Press, an exhibition or artist’s prints from contemporary Native American artists and Japanese relief prints from the collection. Exhibitions in conjunction with the conference will also be hosted throughout downtown Laramie and in the Visual Art Building.
For more information on conference registration visit: www.MAPC2018.org. Note that special discounts for Wyoming artists and educators are available through the generous support of the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. For more information on receiving special rates contact Jandey Shackelford ( email@example.com ) .
Translating the Art Experience: Latino Community Engagement at National Museum of Wildlife Art
Thanks to generous support from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) was able to embark on an exciting new outreach initiative, Translating the Art Experience: Latino Community Engagement. This work has made substantial new connections between the museum and Jackson’s growing Latino community. Connections include programming for Teton Literacy Center’s adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students and their families in addition to two art museum firsts in Wyoming: Spanish translation of most permanent collection didactic labels and development of technology-based interpretive experiences in Spanish including a NMWA app mobile tour and a welcome and orientation video-kiosk. We are excited to report that all of these Spanish interpretive materials will be available to the public in November.
Translation of labels and mobile tours, a Spanish language welcome and orientation video and ESL programming is a step in the right direction, especially as the process involves community engagement and Latino participation in the Museum. However, we will continue to strive towards making closer connections to the Latino community with continued outreach, programming, and exhibits. This initiative has emphasized the power of art to cross cultural boundaries and help participating individuals make tangible and intangible connections to the natural and cultural worlds of Jackson and beyond. The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, in combination with our partners Teton Literacy Center and Teton Science Schools have played a major role in nurturing this program and its ongoing success. Go team!
–Lisa Simmons, Associate Curator of Education and Outreach
National Museum of Wildlife Art