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.
One way that we support our community is with Collaborating for a Creative Community, C3, our grant program that invests in creativity, collaboration and the strategic alignment of art resources in Jackson. Our grantmaking to date, in excess of $1 million awarded through 200 grants and stipends, has involved over 56 artists and organizations, and has reached an audience of more then 50,000 participants.
When C3 was founded, the goal was to dramatically change the landscape of arts and education in our community. We recognized the important role the arts play in learning, enjoyment and vitality in our community. We believed that through a collaborative grants initiative, we could encourage and motivate our creative community to work together to generate innovative ideas that leverage artistic talent, resources, and venues. Creative collaborations inspire community engagement with innovative education and the arts. C3 has been successful as both a funding source for creative endeavors and in encouraging collaboration to become an integral part of our creative environment and conversations.
Now that collaboration has been embraced by many of the organizations that we work with, the next step is to encourage strategic thinking and a long-term vision. We believe that encouraging the growth of transformative creative initiatives will have a positive impact on our whole community. We explore ways that Center of Wonder can provide support to arts and culture organizations and help to further their missions in a sustainable way.