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Cultural Trust Fund Newsletter

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cultural Trust Fund
This e-newsletter is designed to provide a brief update on the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the happenings of its grant recipients. It is our promise that this e-newsletter be brief, interesting and hopefully something that will provide you with ideas and contacts with other organizations around the state. If you wish to have your activity highlighted in this e-newsletter, please contact Renée Bovée, WCTF Administrator.

Art Association of Jackson Hole: Huntley Endowment Campaign

The Art Association of Jackson Hole will soon be celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and as part of the energy and excitement of the celebration, it is also announcing the establishment of the Huntley Baldwin Art Association Endowment Fund. Huntley Baldwin was a long time board member of the Art Association and a gifted Wyoming artist. His family and friends have designed memorial gifts to the Art Association for an endowment fund, which can be used to provide a long lasting impact for their cultural future and legacy. The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is pleased to assist with this campaign by awarding a $25,000 Challenge grant this past summer.

As part of the campaign, there will be an exhibition and sale of Baldwin’s artwork at the Association, August 16 – September 6, 2012. A Celebration event will be held on Thursday, August 30, in the Theater Gallery and Lobby, at 5:30 p.m. For more information about this endowment campaign or the special event at the end of August, contact Cathy Wikoff, cathy@artassoication.org, or 307-733-6379, or visit the Art Association website.

Young Musicians’ Gets Some Additional Staff Support

We all know the situation, you are a local arts organization providing great service to the community and your one and only staff member has only so many hours available at any time to help get all the work done. The Board members are chipping in time, but they can’t be there to run the office every day. Whatcha goin’ to do?

Well, the Cultural Trust Fund isn’t a super-hero…but we can be darn practical. This year the Cultural Trust is helping Young Musicians of Evanston hire an executive assistant to help in all those every day office responsibilities. In addition, WCTF funds will be used to provide training opportunities for board members, so they can better assume their important functions of oversight, long-range planning and fundraising. As usual, whenever the Cultural Trust Fund helps with staffing, we aren’t the long-term solution. We can provide that start, but then the organization must find the resources to carry on the position “down the road”. It is our hope that by providing some stabilizing support, an organization can continue its growth and development.

Want to learn more about all the wonderful programming Young Musicians provides in the Evanston area? Then check out their website.

New Programming at Lincoln Community Center, Laramie

Keep your eyes open…there are some new events that will be occurring at the Lincoln Community Center in Laramie this year with a Cultural Program Series under development. The Wyoming Cultural Trust is pleased to help with the development of these new community programs which will be exploring language and culture through cooking and cultural workshops, a social justice film series and continued work with the informal citizen group of the West Side League of Neighbors to protect and preserve the Laramie West Side’s cultural history and personal narratives.

If you’re on the road, traveling through or near Laramie, plan on stopping by and seeing the wonderful work which has already occurred in the rehabilitation of the old Lincoln School on South Cedar Street! The mission of the Lincoln Community Center is to be a social, cultural, education, recreational and healthcare resource for the neighborhood, city and county. A large share of their efforts is aimed at providing programming, services and a conduit for services to people with low incomes or limited opportunities.

For more information about upcoming programs and events, contact Paul Weaver, Executive Director, 307-742-2556 or laramielcc@gmail.com.