Snowman Stroll to Receive $3,000 Grant from Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund

Snowman Stroll to Receive $3,000 Grant from Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund

Here's one of the snowmen from the 2022 Snowman Stroll. SweetwaterNOW file folder

ROCK SPRINGS — Thanks to the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF) Board, the Rock Springs 2023 Snowman Stroll program is receiving a $3,000 grant.

According to a recent press release from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the board is awarding $464,946 to 32 grant projects around the state. Awards were given to a wide variety of projects, including historic preservation, archaeological research, theatre and music programming, public art, museum exhibits, architectural planning and educational programming.

Chad Banks, Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency Manager, was excited to find out they had received the grant they had applied for. While the grant application was due in April, they had been working on the application long before that.

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“These grant processes often take a long time so we were working on this application for 2023 when the snowmen were still out in 2022,” Banks said.

Not only did the WCTF Board review the application and supporting documents, but Banks had the opportunity to give a presentation about the Snowman Stroll back in January or February.

With this grant, the Snowman Stroll can expand its amount of snowmen. Banks said they were thrilled with the response the first Snowman Stroll received last year and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

“We tracked attendance via the QR codes on each and had a great response. We had scans from around Sweetwater County, but also from visitors from as far away as New York,” Banks said. 

“Last year, we started the program with six snowmen and had every intention of adding more each year,” Banks said. “This grant will help us do that. We plan to add six more this winter and this grant funding, partnered with our sponsors, will help cover the costs of the snowmen and artists’ stipends.”  

This isn’t the only time the Snowman Stroll has received a grant from the WCTF. In fact, it received a $3,000 grant last year too.

“The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund is very supportive of our community and we’re grateful to them. I believe the repeat grant indicates not only the strength of our application, but also the strength of the program itself,” Banks said. “The board can see the vision and see how this program can continue to grow and expand, particularly during the winter when we tend to stay inside and ‘hunker down’.”

With grant funding secured, URA board is already working on ways to make this event even bigger. Eventually, they would like to make it a community-wide event. Currently, the URA board chair Maria Mortensen is working to develop lesson plans for local pre-schools by tying in the snowman theme. They are also working on a kickoff event and social.

“The grant is a huge milestone for us, but we also have quite a few other corporate partners along with community members,” Banks said. “Without their support, and that of the artists, this program wouldn’t be possible.”

Below is a complete listing of awards by county.

Albany County
Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist, Medicine Bow National Forest Post-Fire Archaeological Survey, $9,737
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Wyoming Tour of “A Sissy in Wyoming”, $5,279
University of Wyoming, High Plains American Indian Research Institute, Pedagogical Material to Communicate and Preserve the Role of Elk on the Wind River Reservation, $15,000
Wyoming Singer-Songwriters, Mini-Documentary Promo Reels, $13,800

Fremont County
Fremont County Museums, Dubois Museum, Schoolhouse Log Restoration, $9,950
Lander Art Center, Art of Home: Wind River Reservation Art Show and Art Classes, $5,650
Wind River Valley Artists’ Guild, Dubois Chamber Music, 2022, $3,204.25

Hot Springs
Big Horn Basin Nature and Discovery Center Joint Powers Board, Wyoming Discovery Days, $10,000

Laramie County
Arts Cheyenne, Cheyenne ArtHaus, $11,825
Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, “Home Alone” Concert, $25,000
Wyoming State Museum, Prehistoric Wyoming Exhibit, $50,000
Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Centennial Farm and Ranch Honors Program, $20,000

Lincoln County
Fossil Basin Institute, Fossil Wyoming Depot Restoration, Phase 1, $25,000
Horse Warriors, 2022-23 Artist Honorariums and Art Supplies, $2,500

Natrona County
Citizens for a Civic Auditorium, Organization and Operations Development, $50,000
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, 2022-23 Concert Season: Copland’s “Rodeo” Visual Art Project, $10,000

Park County
City of Cody, Cody Mural Project, $17,640
Harry Jackson Museum, Architectural Planning Support, $31,000
Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, The Mineta-Simpson Institute as Heart Mountain Legacy Exhibit, $25,000
Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre, 2022 Wild West Spectacular, The Musical, $8,000

Sheridan County
WYO Theater, Inc., Continued Administrative Funding for WYO PLAY, $15,000

Sublette County
Pinedale Fine Arts Council, 2022 Soundcheck Summer Music Series Expansion/Continuation, $5,500

Sweetwater County
Rock Springs Renewal Fund, Inc., 2023 Snowman Stroll, $3,000

Teton County
Community Center for the Arts, Patrick Dougherty Sculpture, $15,000
Jackson Hole Public Art, Square to Summit Connector Interpretive Signage, $3,000
MusicLand, Filling the Gap for our Youth’s Music Education, $7,500
National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Wolves: Photography by Ronan A. Donovan, Speaker Honorarium, $3,000
Vista 360°, Inc. Studying, Sharing and Preserving Wyoming Artisan Traditions, Panelist Honorariums and Participant Stipends, $7,250

Uinta County
Roundhouse Restoration Incorporated, 4420 Steam Engine Restoration, Phase I, $17,649

Washakie County
Town of Ten Sleep, 2022 Nowoodstock Music Festival, $22,562
Washakie Museum, Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022, $8,000

Weston County
Weston County Museum District Foundation, Jenney Stockade Cabin and Novak-Miller Cabin Exterior Repair, $8,900