Center of Wonder is a 501(c)3 support organization for our arts and creative education community. We depend on the generosity of donors like you to help us fulfill that mission. Your tax-deductible donation will provide support to Artists-in-Residencies, Creative Education and strategic partnerships to further a collective cultural vision.
Our Mission & Vision
Center of Wonder advocates for the arts in Jackson Hole and empowers our creative leaders.
Our vision is to enable the collective and sustainable success of the arts and creative education. We succeed when:
Our efforts enable our community to increase connection with the wonder of Jackson Hole through its artists and creative organizations;
There is an ecosystem that supports a sustainable creative community;
We mobilize significant financial resources in support of the community’s creative leadership, enabling maximum impact;
The community’s creative leaders are united by mutual goals and strategies.
Trust and collaboration
Strong creative leadership
The creative process
The transformative power of wonder
Center of Wonder was founded in 2007 by Gary and Veronica Silberberg, who had moved to Jackson from New York City in 2000. The magic of the Tetons had crystalized in them a sense of wonder with our natural world, and Center of Wonder was founded with the intention of reconnecting us all through art and unique experiences. Explore, discover, imagine and collaborate were the goals of the original experiential programs that were offered.
In 2012, Center of Wonder launched a new grants program, Collaborating for a Creative Community (C3), as a natural outcome of their previous programming. Seed funding from the founders, combined with matching gifts from other individuals and foundation donors, enabled C3 to expand its reach into our community. C3 was started with specific guidelines to encourage non-profits to collaborate and create new partnerships. It harnessed existing connections, nurtured the creative talent, and enhanced funding resources for those organizations interested in collaborating. These collaborative grants would bring artists and cultural organizations out of isolation, working together across disciplines to generate new programs and relationships.
“The Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to have Center of Wonder not only as a funder, but also as long-term collaborator. Center of Wonder staff and board have been instrumental in many key decisions regarding the Festival’s current and future trajectory – from moving the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts to the Center for the Arts, to funding our first Winter Festival in 2016, to imagining Jackson Hole as a world class destination for the arts. The shared vision between our organizations doesn’t just allow us to dream bigger, but to take the necessary steps towards making an impact in our community.”
ANDREW PALMER TODD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL