Friday, March 19, 2010

Details announced for Wyoming Arts Council's town meeting in Cheyenne

The Wyoming Arts Council is holding its Southeast Region Town Meeting on Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Sunflower Room on the third floor of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer, Cheyenne.

The meeting is open to residents of Laramie, Albany, Platte and Goshen counties. The WAC is holding future meetings through mid-June in other communities around the state.

WAC Manager Rita Basom urges people to attend and “bring your comments, suggestions and dreams of the future for the arts in Wyoming.”

The state agency conducts these meetings every five years in order to develop a long-range plan for the arts in Wyoming. Statewide meetings conducted in 2005 led to a return of the WAC’s print newsletter, biennial arts summit gatherings in Casper and Cheyenne, professional development grants for individual artists, statewide meetings for artists and writers, increases in granting budgets and a revision of the matching requirements for the WAC’s smaller grant programs.

The agency also revamped staff responsibilities, hiring specialists for folk arts and community development and the arts.

“The Arts Council looks a lot different now than it did in 2005,” said Basom. “We listen to your comments and act on them.”

For more information, contact the WAC at 307-777-7742.