Jackson, WY – Center of Wonder announces a total of 17 Arts for All grant recipients for 2018-2019 who will receive a total of $49,000 for Jackson Hole arts community projects.

The Arts for All grants program distributes social service tax dollars from the Town of Jackson and Teton County for arts education, producing and presenting opportunities, and public projects by individual artists that have a strong community benefit. Congratulations to these creative organizations and programs!

Art Association of JH: Art Education for Seniors
The Art Association’s Creating Hand-in-Hand Outreach program will serve senior citizens with high-quality art education, therapy, and experiences. They reach this important demographic in our community through partnerships with Legacy Lodge, St. John’s Living Center, and the Senior Center of Jackson Hole. Art education has a multitude of health benefits for seniors, including promoting social connectivity, reducing isolation and depression, strengthening memory and more. Arts for All funding will sustain this program and support its strategic growth, including the recent hire of a dedicated Creating Hand-in-Hand Outreach Faculty Member.

Big City Broadway: Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is a program to enhance, elevate and invigorate the performing arts for all high school students (public, private, home-schooled) in Teton County, through clinics and workshops led by Broadway professionals from around the country and local Jackson artists. Clinics will address the many aspects of musical theatre: vocalization, stage combat, acting, set design, movement and dance, sound and lighting techniques, and audition skills.

Cathedral Voices: Community in Harmony
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir will present Community in Harmony a Concert Season full of diverse and innovative performances and inclusive educational programs of all shapes and sizes, designed to bring our community together as musicians, artists, and audience.

Central Wyoming College: An Illustrated Cookbook
CWC will collaborate with local artists to design and illustrate a cookbook featuring original recipes by our culinary students, graduates and chef instructors. This project will recognize mutual creativity in the traditional arts (visual and writing) and the Culinary Arts while establishing CWC as Teton County’s hub to connect education and creativity. This celebration of food and the arts will inspire and develop a thriving, appreciative art community.

Dancers’ Workshop: Princess and the Pea
Dancers’ Workshop will bring an original production of The Princess and The Pea to the stage of the Center Theater this December. This whimsical and creative take on the classic fairy tale will feature local students and community members together with Guest Artists from Contemporary Dance Wyoming, providing a unique and magical performance experience for community, audience and performers alike.

Grand Teton Music Festival: Community Concert Series
Throughout the year, the Community Concert Series will present 15-17 free concerts around Jackson Hole. The concerts occur outside of GTMF’s summer season, fulfilling an organizational goal to provide world-class music to the community all year long. The series will be free of charge to all audiences, ensuring that presentations are accessible for all who wish to attend. Concerts feature Festival Orchestra musicians as well as artists from the Intermountain West. Formats vary based on the artist and venue, and all concerts are educational and entertaining, exposing audiences to world-class music in a convenient, often informal, environment.

JH Children’s Museum: Inspiring Creative Thinking
The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum will present hands-on Kindergarten through 5th grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming, which inspires creative thinking and learning in over 1,200 students throughout the school year. STEAM learning is a multidisciplinary program which will use the creative process to reinforce science literacy. Our exploratory programs build upon and enrich the in-school learning that takes place in local science classrooms. Students will engage in interactive, creative experiences that encourage inquiry-based discoveries and an application of their curricular knowledge.

JH Chorale: 2nd Annual Handel’s Singalong
The Jackson Hole Chorale will present its 2nd Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along. It will take place at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church located in convenient downtown Jackson, while the beauty of the location’s architecture provides a perfect setting. This holiday sing-along is a free event. JH Chorale will collaborate with the JH Symphony Orchestra, the JH Community Band, the Salt River Symphony  Chorus, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church Choir, and other local choirs.

JH Land Trust: FoundSpace 2019
To highlight the juncture of land and art, Jackson Hole Land Trust will host FoundSpace 2019, which will be in its fifth year as an interactive public art project. Found objects, gathered on conservation easements, will be fashioned into contemporary artwork residing temporarily on a protected public property managed by JHLT. Led by local artists, the resulting installations will transform the space. FoundSpace brings awareness to a unique public-access property, educates the community and connects them with open spaces. The project explores the themes that lie between the idea of open spaces as places of reflection and regeneration, and the ability of art to bridge human culture and the natural environment.

JH Writers: Community Writers Workshop and Kids’ Camp
Jackson Hole Writers will host two community workshops and the third annual kids’ summer writing camp. These creative writing programs will be designed to help local writers of all ages improve their skills, broaden their creative horizons, and further their careers. In addition to seeking to invigorate and sustain a vibrant literary community through these workshops, JHW actively promotes partnerships with other organizations to increase its outreach and the appreciation for the writing arts in general.

JH Historical Society & Museum: Historic Trade School
The JHHSM Historic Trade School will bring historic trades to contemporary audiences. They will present a series of four workshops with each one focusing on one historic trade and a local organization or artist that is currently involved in that trade. The first workshops will focus on Metals, Leather, Woodworking, and Fibers, with demonstrations and open studios to create and experiment.

JH WILD: The Legacy Storytelling Project
Building upon long-standing collaborations with the Arapahoe Schools, the Legacy Storytelling Project pilots a one-of-a-kind, peer-to-peer exchange in and beyond the classroom. Oct. 4-6, 100 Arapahoe fifth- and sixth-graders will travel to Jackson for multi-day field excursions. Arapahoe sixth-graders will join 45+ Latino and 45+ Anglo peers enrolled in Teton County’s Dual Immersion program for a series of cultural and educational experiences centered around the art of storytelling and the study of a shared iconic animal: the bison. Students will be immersed in natural history, traditional storytelling, slam poetry (with artist-in-residence Kealoha), language/culture, and visual/media arts – as they learn, create and share with each other. Later this autumn, students will similarly rendezvous—this time on the Wind River Reservation to witness the release of bison, returning the iconic creature to its historic range.

NMWA: Open Studio: Art Making for All
Open Studio: Art Making for All, is an all-ages art-making space thematically tied to current exhibits at the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) including KIDS COLLECT and Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Migrations. Four activity/art-making stations will be set up in the Wapiti Gallery where KIDS COLLECT and High School Studio Project installations are exhibited but Open Studio will fill the central space. Among our interpretive goals at NMWA is to encourage artistic creation and unique ways of interacting with current exhibits. To accomplish this, all of the stations are set up and intended to dovetail beautifully with the Museum’s offerings.

Off Square Theatre: Thin Air Shakespeare
For the 6th year in a row, Off Square Theatre Company will offer six free performances of outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn at the Center for the Arts. Thin Air Shakespeare is produced and performed by professional artists — both local and out-of-town guests — with a focus on bringing diversity to the cast of Shakespeare’s classic works. During production, Off Square offers internships for high school and college students, as well as linking some of the guest artists as teachers into our thriving summer camp program. A primary goal of Thin Air Shakespeare has always been to provide an opportunity to the underserved and underrepresented population in our community to enjoy live, professional theater as a family while maintaining high creative standards of excellence.

pARTners: Enhancing the Arts for Adolescents
pARTners will continue to expand and support arts education programming at Jackson Hole Middle School. All the grades at JH Middle School have pARTners projects integrated into their curriculum. However, last year pARTners focused on increasing creative projects at the 6th grade because their art elective was eliminated. This year pARTners will continue those efforts to better support the development of our adolescents through the arts. Research continually shows that students do better when exposed to the arts.

Riot Act: 16th Riot Act Season
Riot Act will produce their 16th season this year. Shows will include The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Fred Ebb, John Kander, and Bob Fosse, Fat Pig by Neal LaBute, and our Annual Series of Shorts in conjunction with our 6th Annual New Play Festival. For The Normal Heart and Fat Pig, we will hold talk-back sessions and invite relevant local experts and organizations to help facilitate community dialogue surrounding the issues of the plays. Chicago, being a large-scale musical, we plan to collaborate with other performing arts organizations and have a large number of local artists involved. Riot Act, Inc. continues to provide quality theatre for a reasonable price to Teton County.

Teton Artlab: Artist-in-Residence Program
Teton Artlab’s Artist In Residence program supports the work of exceptional artists from all over the world by providing free or subsidized studio space, housing, and access to shared resources. These visiting artists are immersed for extended periods of time in our art community, working side by side with our regional artists in residence, bringing fresh ideas and energy to our creative class. We also offer our artists professional development opportunities through exhibitions, teaching, and participation in public art events.