Local Art Organizations Receive Funding for Revenue Loss Due to COVID-19

Local Art Organizations Receive Funding for Revenue Loss Due to COVID-19

Laramie Children's Musical Theater Workshop: Screenshot of spring Teen Musical Production rehearsal, April 2020. Courtesy photo

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Arts Council, with support from the Wyoming Governor’s Office through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has distributed $2.4 million dollars in grant funding to individual artists and to arts and cultural organizations in the state.

 The Arts Council distributed 55 financial assistance grants to arts and cultural organizations in Wyoming and 199 grants to individual artists.

The purpose of the CARES Act funding is to support those in the arts and culture sector who have had significant revenue loss or had expenditures that are a direct result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Funds were distributed as a one-time grant to those that met the eligibility criteria. 

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Wyopoets in Green River and Rock Springs Box Art in Rock Springs are among the recipients.

Organizations receiving funding are as follows by location: 

  • Afton: The Star Valley Arts Council
  • Big Horn: The New Museum at the Bradford Brinton Ranch
  • Casper:  307 Dance Academy, Casper Artists’ Guild, Casper Children’s Theatre, Inc., Casper Theater Company, Opera Wyoming, The Nicolaysen Art Museum, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Trinkle Brass Works, Inc., Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Casper Children’s Chorale, The Lyric, Wyoming Art Education Association (WYAEA)
  • Cheyenne: Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne Little Theatre Players, Inc., Reformation Dance Company, The Array Foundation, Alternative Arts Project Inc., Boulder Community Media, Cheyenne Artists Guild, Inc.
  • Chugwater: Country Western Bluegrass Music Association
  • Cody: Park County Art Council, Buffalo Bill Memorial Association 
  • Encampment: Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering
  • Evanston: Young Musicians Inc., Evanston Youth Club for Boys & Girls
  • Fort Washakie: Wind River Development Fund
  • Gillette: Powder River Symphony, Advocacy for Visual Arts, Inc.
  • Green River: Wyopoets 
  • Jackson: Community Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Workshop of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton Music Festival, Off Square Theatre Company, Riot Act, Inc., Teton Music School, Jackson Hole Live!, Music Land, Vista 360, Inc.
  • Lander: Lander Art Center, PALS (Promoting Arts in Lander Schools)
  • Laramie: Relative Theatrics, Science Loves Art, Laramie Artists Project, Wyoming Women’s Business Center
  • Pinedale: Pinedale Fine Arts Council, Inc., Pinedale Community Theatre
  • Rawlins: The Art Street Project
  • Rock Springs: Rock Springs Box Art
  • Sheridan: Sheridan Artists’ Guild Et Al (SAGE), WYO Theater, Inc., Sheridan County Historical Society
  • Wilson: GAIN, Inc. 
  • Worland: Washakie Museum

“The Wyoming Arts Council is grateful to the dedication of the state’s arts and cultural institutions and artists for their steadfast commitment to serving the state of Wyoming. We would like to thank Governor Gordon for his continued support of the arts through this funding. Like many, the arts and cultural sector of Wyoming has been hit hard by the pandemic. These funds will help keep individuals employed, and make it possible for organizations to continue to provide services that strengthen the social and economic wellbeing of the state.”  said Michael Lange, Wyoming Arts Council Executive Director.

For more information contact Michael Lange at michael.lange@wyo.gov or 307-275-4476.