Center of Wonder doles out 13 artsy grants

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Center of Wonder announced this week its 2017 Fall Grant recipients. Thirteen grants totaling $77,222 were awarded to provide support to creative leaders, non-profit organizations, and artists.

“The grants empower our creative community to take artistic risks and contribute to a vibrant arts culture. We are honored to help make these creative visions happen,” said Kristen Corbett, arts communications at Center of Wonder.

2017 Fall Grant Awards

Art Association of Jackson Hole, Gallery Partnership
The goals of the Art Association Gallery are to bring the community together through a variety of art shows, experiences, and educational programming. Exhibits, movies, art talks and gatherings will activate the gallery in a newly vibrant way.

Bob Berky/Dancers’ Workshop, The Ship Aflame
Bob Berky will create a full-length comic/dramatic theatre piece with original music, and original ideas, entitled THE SHIP AFLAME, or THE MAELSTROM, exploring the state of states, the individuals who aspire to lead them, and the relationships and definitions of true power. There will be performances of the finished piece in Jackson and other participating communities, and it will involve students of all ages.

Grand Teton Music Festival, Winter Festival
Grand Teton Music Festival will present its third Winter Festival to include 10 events presented in non-traditional venues. At the heart of each programmatic element is an accessible and exhilarating classical music experience.  The Winter Festival will feature orchestral musicians from around the world, Dr. Charles Limb, the Kenari Saxophone Quarter and Fifth-House Ensemble, specializing in interactive educational programming, will be the artist-in-residence for the week.

Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Creative Exploration
The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum and the Teton Literacy Center have worked together to develop a cohesive program, rich in discovery, positive relationships and a student-driven approach that will increase kindergarten readiness among the Literacy Lab Students.  The goals of this project are to increase language development through exploration and the arts, encourage creative expression, and to build family and community relationships.

Jackson Hole Land Trust, FoundSpace 2018
Continuing into its fourth year, the FoundSpace project of the Jackson Hole Land Trust encourages tangible interaction between the community, land, and art. The large-scale interactive art installations created on different JHLT conserved property each year are built with “found objects” gathered by community groups on protected properties and then celebrated and shared with the public, innovatively challenging and educating local artists and a broad section of the community to understand the relationship between inspiration, creativity and conserved open space.

Jackson Hole Public Art, Pavilion Project 2018
Jackson Hole Public Art, in partnership with the Center for the Arts, will produce the 2018 Pavilion Project to be sited in the Center Park. Designed by Carney Logan Burke Architects, the pavilion is titled, Town Enclosure. The temporary public art installation will be both a sculpture and a free outdoor venue for performing and visual arts classes, and spontaneous gatherings, providing a free and accessible place for the community to participate in the arts.

Jackson Hole Writers, Young Authors’ Writers Camp
Jackson Hole Writers will collaborate with the Teton County Library to offer the 2018 Young Authors’ Writing Camps, for free, to students 10-13. Students will participate in 6 hands-on writing sessions with local and nationally recognized authors who write for young adult audiences as their mentors and teachers. This camp will inspire kids to read more, write passionately, and to express themselves through the literary arts.

JenTen Productions, Hearts of Glass
JenTen Productions is completing Hearts of Glass, the feature documentary collaboration between Slow Food and JenTen. The film’s focus is the intersection of food, inclusion, and community. It documents the critical first year of operation of Vertical Harvest, an innovative greenhouse that provides meaningful and inclusive employment to individuals with disabilities.

National Museum of Wildlife Art, TINY: Microfauna of the Collection
The National Museum of Wildlife Art will use the new exhibit TINY: Charismatic Minifauna from the Permanent Collection, to explore how small animals play a role in ecosystem health and our cultural consciousness. In collaboration with the Art Association, pARTners, TCSD, Teton Science Schools and Teton Literacy Center, a series of creative arts enrichment programs will be offered to students of all ages.

Off Square Theatre Company, Theatre Arts Education- Adult Outreach
Off Square Theatre Company’s lifelong learners outreach programs are offered for free and provide leadership, creative opportunities, cognitive exercise, connections and an enhanced quality of life. Created in partnership with the Senior Center and a group of veteran local actors, activity sessions include improv, play reading and discussion, and scene study as well as talkbacks after other community programs. Programming will also include the performances of staged readings at the Senior Center and in the Black Box Theater.

pARTners, 6th Grade Art Initiative
pARTners is expanding the programming offered to the 6th grade at the JH Middle School, to address the loss of the art elective. Six additional programs will be offered, ensuring that students get exposure to the arts through their core classes while still reinforcing concepts related to Elements of Art and Design. Students and their teachers will work with local artists and JH Public Art.

Wyoming Humanities Council, ThinkWY- I AM Exhibit
Wyoming Humanities/ThinkWY is partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Community Safety Network, and CARAVAN, an international organization that supports peacebuilding through the arts between the cultures of the Middle East and West, to bring the I AM exhibit here, featuring 31 Middle Eastern women artists. The exhibition will serve as a catalyst for critical conversations around women’s issues and gender-based violence.

Wyoming Stargazing, Making STEAM
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that utilizes multiple access points to foster inquiry, critical thinking, and dialogue. Wyoming Stargazing and pARTners will collaborate to offer a STEAM unit contextualized in the study of comets and asteroids to 3rd Graders. The lessons include an in-class art project, scientific discussions of comets and asteroids, and time spent inside an inflatable planetarium.

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