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Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Meeting, Thermopolis, May 20-21
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund board will meet in Thermopolis, May 20-21, at the Best Western Plaza Hotel, Conference Room, 116 E. Park Street, just as you enter Hot Springs State Park.
The board meeting will focus on review and award of April 2019 grant applications.
The meeting on Monday, May 20 will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. The meeting on Tuesday, May 21 will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by approximately 1 p.m. An executive session may be held if necessary.
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund meetings are open to the public. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend any grant review meeting, but cannot participate in the proceedings unless addressed by the board.
The WCTF program coordinator and board cannot confirm exactly when a grant application will be reviewed, but the board does have the option of reviewing an application “out of order” if an applicant is present at the meeting for a limited time.
The agenda is posted on the Cultural Trust website, wyoculturaltrust.com. Please feel free to contact the WCTF program coordinator, Renée Bovée, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 307-777-6312 with any questions.
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums Annual Meeting, May 23-25
The Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) is excited to host their annual meeting at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyoming this May 23-25. This is 48th annual CWAM meeting and the first time the annual meeting has been held in Gillette. The theme for the Annual Meeting is “Energy for Impact,” focusing on re-energizing museum workers and volunteers and, in turn, energizing the public.
The Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums is a service organization which educates and unites its membership and the larger museum community. CWAM advocates and promotes museum interests in Colorado and Wyoming and encourages excellence and professionalism in the museum field. The annual meeting is a time for members to enjoy three days of professional development and gain practical ideas and insights from other museum experts. Guests will attend conference sessions, expand professional networks and build friendships, share ideas with colleagues, take local museum and sight-seeing tours, and more. The CWAM annual meeting will provide new inspiration for attendees to make their work more effective whether they are new to the field or an experienced museum professional.
One of the highlights of this year’s event is our Keynote Speaker. With a generous grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, CWAM has been able to secure Emily Graslie, The Field Museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the science YouTube channel “The Brain Scoop,” as our keynote this year. Emily will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24 about the value of curiosity and its impactful role in museums. The keynote speech is open to the general public and tickets are available now through the CWAM website at CWAM-US.org
Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Emily Graslie has been a museum advocate since 2011, when she began volunteering at the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. In 2013, she joined The Field Museum where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world. Emily has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum’s Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award honoree and nominee in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as a ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune.
Learn more about the Annual Meeting at CWAM-US.org.
The CWAM 2019 Annual Meeting is generously supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources; the Papers of William F. Cody; and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Casper Mountain Music Institute and Festival, June 17-30
Trinkle Brass Works/Portable Masterpieces is launching the first year of the Casper Mountain Music Institute (CMMI) and Festival on June 17 through the 30, in Casper, WY. Over the two-week period, the Festival will host 6 performances by Trinkle Brass Works (TBW) ensemble Portable Masterpieces, a salon orchestra of 9 musicians with student participants in various venues around the area.
A primary goal of the festival is to provide students with an important stimulus to experience a high-level of music making during the summer. This is designed as a unique symbiotic event in which students will be paired with professional musicians in a side-by-side musical experience through rehearsals, concerts and mentoring sessions. The Festival will focus primarily on high school and college music students. Professional musicians will coach students in the subtleties of performing without a conductor, the nuances of ensemble playing, and different aspects of repertoire genres and styles.
Over the past 40 years, Trinkle Brass Works has sought musicians with specific qualities. These include: a broad knowledge of repertoire and styles, an understanding of how to participate as an integral member of an ensemble by listening to and adjusting for balance, intonation and tempos while performing, the ability to take cues from other ensemble members, and knowledge of how an ensemble is managed and concerts are produced. The CMMI Festival will address these musical skills with all participants. A second focus of CMMI Festival is to prepare music students in the process of ensemble production so that they will return to their school programs as role models, actively participate in local arts organizations and begin to serve in community leadership positions in the arts.
An important component of the Festival is the partnerships formed with other community and arts organizations, including ART 321, home of the Casper Artists’ Guild, with members of Opera Wyoming. Additional partners include Casper College and the Natrona County School District in an effort to bring together diverse groups working towards a common goal.
Trinkle Brass Works has a library of 450 works of classical music, operettas, and popular music available for this project from which the repertoire for the Festival concerts will be taken. Between 2011 and 2016, Portable Masterpieces toured old opera houses in the western United States as part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The CMMI and Festival is an initiative to bring this experience to Wyoming audiences.
The CMMI and Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. For more information contact Trinkle Brass Works.