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Off Square Theatre's Thin Air Shakespeare, 2016. (Center of Wonder)

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Center of Wonder announced its 2018 Spring Grant recipients. Center of Wonder’s grant programs provide financial support to creative leaders, nonprofit organizations and artists. They empower our creative community to take artistic risks and contribute to a vibrant arts culture.

Over the past six years, Center of Wonder has awarded more than $770,000 to artists and organizations through 190 grants and awards, reaching thousands of community participants.

FoundSpace, June 2017, Wilson Centennial Pathway. (David J Swift)

Spring 2018 Grant Recipients

Center for the Arts- Campus Exhibitions
The Center for the Arts Creative Initiatives Program amplifies the work of arts organizations and artists. Campus Exhibitions feature the work of local and regional artists, and through collaborative opportunities they also offer enrichment programs and engaging partnerships. Complementing the exhibitions are artist talks, community receptions, and collaborative educational offerings.

Central Wyoming College- JH Culinary Conference and Cookbook
CWC-Jackson is collaborating with local artists to design and illustrate a cookbook featuring original recipes by our current culinary students and graduates. They will host a public art opening at the Center for the Arts Theater Gallery during the 2018 Culinary Conference in November to showcase Jackson’s artisan culture and creativity. This project will result in printed cookbooks, the proceeds of which will support the Community Cooking Classes/Dinners and CWC scholarships/program development.

Jackson Community Theater- Gulliver’s Travels with Missoula Children’s Theater
Missoula Children’s Theater will produce Gulliver’s Travels with a cast of 65-70 kindergarten through 8th-grade students, the first week of May. This is full musical production, and is free to all who participate, as well as offering free performances.

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum- Design to Climb
The JH Children’s Museum is in the final phase of their Design to Climb program, a collaboration between JH Children’s Museum, Jackson Hole Public Art, and local elementary and high school students. Children went through an educational design process with Bland Hoke to create a prototype of climbable sculpture. Now the sculpture is ready to be built and installed.

JHWILD- Art of Science with Kealoha
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Kealoha combines slam poetry with his background in nuclear physics, dance and indigenous culture to inspire audiences of all ages. Kealoha will spend a week in Jackson Hole as an artist-in-residence, offering both world-class instruction and captivating stage performances on themes about the intersection of science and art. His visit is timed to leverage the momentum of ongoing fall events where he can reach large audiences, and he will conduct several small-group workshops for public school classes, disadvantaged youths from the Wind River Reservation, and adult writers.

National Museum of Wildlife Art- Co-Exist with Wildlife
The National Museum of Wildlife Art will host a lecture and workshop titled, “The Art and Science of Learning to Co-Exist with Wildlife.” Amateur and professional visual artists are invited to collaborate with scientists to create art for an exhibit that explores the lives of wild animals in urban areas and the human responses to this shared territory. Taught by renowned scientist, Dr. Lucy Spelman, and JH local illustrator Emily Poole, this lecture and workshop will provide inspiration, ideas, and feedback for artists interested in participating in the exhibit, “Urban Wildlife: Learning to Coexist.”

Off Square TheatreThin-Air Shakespeare & Annapurna Residency|Off Square Theatre Company will present six evenings of a free, outdoor Shakespeare performance of Macbeth on the lawn at the Center for the Arts, produced and performed by professional local artists and 6-8 guest artists, including a director and scenic designer. Thin Air Shakespeare will include summer camp offerings for youth, in addition to professional internships for high school and college students. This fall, Off Square will also present 6-8 performances of the award-winning play Annapurna, by Sharr White, featuring 2 guest artist actors and a guest director. Guest artists will be engaged in teaching with area schools and through Off Square’s education program.

R Park/JH Land Trust- Slide Into R Park
Slide into R Park” is a new collaborative program between Rendezvous Park (R Park), Slideluck Youth Initiative, Latino Outdoors, and the Art Association of Jackson Hole to empower the minority youth of Jackson by utilizing the open spaces of R Park to develop and inspire visual storytelling skills with onsite photography lessons connecting storytelling and land stewardship. By the end of the program students will have a series of original R Park photos to be displayed at three community-meeting spaces as well as a better understanding of photography basics and the importance of open space and nature to the creative process.

Womentum/Lindsay Linton Buk- Women in Wyoming
Women in Wyoming ?was founded in 2016 by photographer, artist and fifth generation Wyoming native Lindsay Linton Buk. The objective and mission of the project is to explore how women and girls reach their personal limitlessness in life, particularly those living in Wyoming and the rural west today. Through portrait photography and podcast interviews, their stories will be shared on social media and through the project website. Long-term objectives of the project include community outreach, speaking engagements, mentorship opportunities, and a museum exhibition and a book release.

Wyoming Public Media- StoryCorps
This summer, Wyoming Public Media (an NPR member station) will host StoryCorps in Jackson. StoryCorps seeks to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. Jackson is a diverse community with a wide array of stories to be told. In addition to WPM’s collaboration with StoryCorps, WPM will also bring public radio to Jackson in a new way through a series of five programs to be held at Teton County Library.