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.
Cultural Trust Fund Grant POSTMARK Deadline: October 1
The next Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund POSTMARK grant deadline will be Tuesday, October 1, for projects/events/activities which begin after January 1, 2020.
The application guidelines and form is available on the WCTF website.
This grant deadline is for projects/events/activities which begin after January 1. WCTF grants are restricted to non-profit and governmental entity applicants based in Wyoming and do require a match (though that match can be either cash or appropriate in-kind).
For more information on the grant application and process, feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Renée Bovée at 307-777-6312 or via email at email@example.com.
Art of the Home: A Wind River Story
With the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant, Wyoming PBS has produced “The Art of Home: A Wind River Story” which will be broadcast for the first time on Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m, with a repeat scheduled for Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m.
Two indigenous artists create new works reflecting on their tribal homelands, the Wind River Indian Reservation. Ken Williams (Arapaho/ Seneca) is a celebrity on the Santa Fe art scene, and Sarah Ortegon (Shoshone) is an up and coming actress and artist in Denver. Both artists travel back to the Wind River Reservation to reconnect with their ancestors and heal old wounds as they discover what it means to go home to a land they feel an unexplainable connection with. Yet, neither of the artists lives there. The film explores the process of creating art, art as reconciliation, and what it means to be a ‘native artist’. Along the way, tribal elders from both the Arapaho and the Shoshone tribes provide historical context on the arts and crafts of their communities, passed down through the ages and drawing young artists to stay connected to “home”.
“Art of Home” underwent its premiere screening at the Native American Education Conference in Riverton at Central Wyoming College in August. There was a second screening event held at the Lander Valley High School Auditorium in Lander. A third screening is being planned for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in November, with a panel discussion to follow.
Wyoming PBS just recently received notice that PBS Plus has accepted “Art of Home” for national PBS distribution. The film will be included in their Native American Heritage program offerings for all PBS stations across the US to broadcast in November.
Laura Jane Musser Fund Grant Opportunities: September through October
Through the Rural Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 3 – October 3, 2019.
Through the Intercultural Harmony Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. New programs or projects in their first three years are eligible. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 16 – October 16, 2019.
The geographic areas for these initiatives are Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in Texas. The complete guidelines are available on the Musser Fund website.