Art Association and Center of Wonder merge into one nonprofit

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Art Association of Jackson Hole and Center of Wonder announced today the first phase of a process to combine into one nonprofit. The integration will bring the 50-year legacy of the Art Association together with the forward-looking vision of Center of Wonder to better serve the Jackson Hole community.

“We are very excited to reimagine these two organizations together in order to transform how this community experiences art,” said Lyndsay McCandless, Director of Creative Resources at Center of Wonder. “We will be stronger together as we build interdisciplinary arts programming and broaden access to the arts.”

Over the past decade, these two organizations have been in conversation steadily exploring how to expand the vision for the arts and creative education in Jackson Hole. In these discussions, leadership and staff arrived at the natural conclusion that combined talent would lead to longevity and increased impact.

“The integration of the Art Association and Center of Wonder will bring benefits such as excellence in programs, better administrative support, and access to higher level funding opportunities. This will naturally translate into better art education for our community,” said Mark Nowlin, Executive Director of the Art Association.

The community can look forward to innovative and integrated programming that will reach even more people. New opportunities include a robust interdisciplinary art education curriculum, expanded partnerships with organizations such as the San Francisco Art Institute, artist-in-residency programs, and regional outreach.

To begin this process, Center of Wonder has launched a national and local search for an Executive Leader to bring both organizations towards the vision of becoming a regional powerhouse for the arts and creative education. Integration will be phased over the summer and fall of 2018. All current staff will be retained in the new structure. The Board of Directors will also combine in order to provide a gradual balancing of missions. After these initial steps, the organizations will further integrate to operate under one name and mission.

Meanwhile, the Art Association and Center of Wonder look forward to a summer filled with art.

The Art Association is presenting a diverse schedule of creative events, classes and exhibitions. Highlights include a variety of visiting artist workshops, a new art supply store, kids’ summer camps, two gallery exhibitions and special events including Art Fair Jackson Hole, Party in the Park and Takin’ it to the Streets. Pick up the CREATE catalog or visit www.artassociation.org to learn about these exciting events.

Center of Wonder’s calendar for arts, music and events, www.DailyWonder.org, listing hundreds of events each week will continue to help the local community find out what’s happening and engage with creative events. Center of Wonder is working with the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust to accept applications for an artist unit in the Redmond Street Rentals, due on June 15. Center of Wonder is also accepting Arts for All grant applications, due on June 27. Visit www.centerofwonder.org for all application materials.

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