Progress continues on the “Wind River Mountaineer”, Lander’s first newspaper office. This building was moved from its original location on Lander’s Main Street to its current location at the Museum of the American West’s Pioneer Village, 1445 Main Street, in Lander. The roof and floor have been renewed. Works is currently on-going on the building’s interior where a period metal ceiling has been installed and finish work on the walls and windows continues. Electrical work is complete and chinking of the log outer walls will soon begin.
The WYO Theater in Sheridan has just dedicated the new Mars Black Box Theater! This exciting new expansion to the WYO Theater now provides an additional performance space, expanded lobby, and offices and workspaces for the Sheridan College Theater Department, who will share this new theater space. The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is pleased to have offered assistance with the equipping of this new black box theater (specialized sound and lighting equipment), and thanks to the generous support of the Mars family and other donors from the Sheridan area, this new space is indeed a wonderful and flexible alternative to Sheridan’s performance areas.
With the assistance of grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Wyoming Arts Council and the Wyoming Main Street program, Laramie Main Street is slowly replacing the old, broken “u” shaped bike racks in downtown and adding new racks to increase capacity.
During Phase I, Laramie Main Street will install a total of 86 new, artistic yet functional racks, designed by Laramie artist Meg Thompson. It is hoped that these new racks will make the downtown a “vibrant place to do business while attracting more visitors to the district”, says Trey Sherwood, Executive Director of the Laramie Main Street Alliance.
This year the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is assisting Wyoming Public Media with their “Wyoming Stories” program. For those who are regular National Public Radio listeners, you may be familiar with “StoryCorps” and the brief excerpts of stories recorded around the nation. “Wyoming Stories” records and preserves the stories told by Wyomingites. This past fall and early winter, over one hundred “Wyoming Stories” have been recorded, with five communities visited, and 34 original stories have been aired. These stories have been archived on the Wyoming Public Media website.
Have you traveled through Medicine Bow lately? Perhaps stopping off at the Virginian for a nice warm toddy? Did you see the bright red roof across the street? Did you know that the red roof covers a wonderful bit of Wyoming and Medicine Bow’s history?
That historic railroad depot is now over 100 years old, and the Museum inside and the Town of Medicine Bow took on the challenge of re-roofing that historic structure this past summer and autumn, with the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant.
This last year the National Museum of Wildlife Art, with the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant, created a wonderful exhibition, “Traveling Trout”, which involved 36 trout forms designed and decorated by secondary school (grades 9-12) students from around the state. The trout forms were distributed at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper in April, 2012. At the April 2013 Symposium the distinctive trout sculptures were exhibited and were critiqued by a panel of five judges. The trout were rated on five criteria: 1) quality and originality of the idea; 2) execution of the idea (skill with the material used); 3) appropriate for outdoor display; 4) expression (the piece has a strong presence, “personality”, feeling of movement and life; and 5) overall impact of the piece. Judges awarded first place and a prize of $7,000 to Pinedale High School for its ceramic mosaic trout artwork titled” Time to Make Waves”; Encampment High School received $5,000 for second place with “Metamophofish” and third place and $2,000 went to Powell High School for its artwork “The Escape of Adaption.” Honorable mentions went to Midwest High School, Mountain View High School, Little Snake River High School, Cheyenne South High School, and Niobrara County High School. The five schools receiving Honorable Mention were awarded $500 each. All prizes were directed to the schools’ art programs.
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