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The Wyoming Arts Council is seeking applications for COVID-19 related projects focused on overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and building vaccine confidence. Photo: Anna Kolosyuk

WYOMING — The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications from Wyoming-based artists and artist collectives who are interested in creating original work focused on encouraging COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

The council recently received a $75,000 grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to fund projects focused on overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and building vaccine confidence.

“We are excited to provide paid art-making opportunities for Wyoming artists, as well as to recognize the ways in which art is directly connected to overall health and wellness for both individuals and communities,” said Michael Lange, Executive Director of the Wyoming Arts Council. “The Wyoming Arts Council established a Health and Wellness Through the Arts Program in 2016, and we are pleased with how well this project aligns with our service to the state.”

Artists of all mediums including, but not limited to: visual arts, music, theatre, dance, literary arts, folk and traditional arts are encouraged to apply. Four selected artists or artist collectives will receive $10,000 each to create a selection of work. Wyoming Arts Council will work with a local marketing firm to create a statewide marketing campaign featuring the work. Projects from artists that explore their lived experience with COVID-19, including illness, family member illness, loss of family members or community members, experience receiving the vaccine and more, will be prioritized. Created artwork must be non-partisan in nature.

“We are excited to bring the arts and science together in a really powerful way with these partnerships,” said Dr. Judy Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “Through their chosen art forms, these organizations will be able to create accessible and inspiring work that communicates essential health information about the safety and importance of vaccination in protecting communities from COVID-19 and influenza.”

Applications from artists are due by February 22, 2022. Full information and the application form can be found here.

For more information, please contact Michael Lange at the Wyoming Arts Council or at 307-275-4476

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.