Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund announces grants

From a SPCR press release:

As many as 38 Wyoming cultural and heritage projects and sponsoring organizations will benefit from $542,017 in grant awards from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund (WCTF).

The grant awards, approved by the five-member Cultural Trust Fund board at a recent meeting in Worland, came from 53 total applications from 21 communities in 16 counties. The requests totaled more than $1.3 million, with requests capped at a maximum of $50,000.

Applicants in this year’s grant pool anticipate generating more than $8 in matching local support for every $1 received from the Cultural Trust Fund.

These requests were for a variety of projects including the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites, museum equipment and exhibition development, filmmaker showcase, ethnic celebrations and festivals, organizational infrastructure needs including staff and planning processes, and documentation of Wyoming events and citizens with oral history projects.

In 1988, the Wyoming Legislature, recognizing that Wyoming and its people possess a unique cultural heritage, created the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Act. The mission of the WCTF board is to serve the citizens of Wyoming by supporting the state’s cultural heritage through grant funding of innovative projects for the enjoyment, appreciation, promotion, preservation and protection of the arts and cultural historic resources.

For more information about the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, please contact Renee Bovee, administrator, at 307-777-6312. Or go to

Grants were awarded to:
Albany County
Ark Industries & Rehabilitation Center Memorial Foundation, Endowment Challenge, $12,500
City of Laramie, Garfield Street Foot Bridge Painting Project, $30,000
U.W. American Studies Program, Heart Mountain Barracks in the Contemporary Wyoming Landscape Research Project, $6,000
U.W. American Heritage Center, Digitization of Wyoming’s Photographic Heritage, $10,000
U.W. Art Museum, Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, $25,000
Ruckelshaus Institute of Environmental and Natural Resources, Historical Living Narrative Project, $10,000
Carbon County
Carbon County Museum Foundation, Advertising Campaign, $8,600
Wyoming Frontier Museum, Display Cabinet Upgrade, $4,295
Crook County
Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, Building to Protect & Preserve Archaeological Site, $35,000
Fremont County
Dubois Main Street, Downtown Design Guidelines, $3,000
Fremont County Library, Carnegie Library Performance Space Project, $40,000
Lander Arts Center, Expanding Exhibition Capacity, $3,000
Lander Children’s Museum, Lander Explores “Termespheres”: a community presentation of art, geometry, and science, $9,010
Hot Springs County
Hot Springs State Park/Shoshone Indian Historical Society, White Sulpher Springs Stairway Restoration, $2,200
Johnson County
Big Horn Basque Club, Celebrating 30 Years National Basque Festival, $15,000
Laramie County
Cheyenne Arts Council, Hynds Building Rehabilitation & Artist-in Residence Program, $49,500
Cheyenne Depot Museum, Hispanic Festival, $4,100
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Endowment Challenge, $20,000
Laramie County Community College Foundation, Unleashing the Power of the Creative Community Project, $10,000
Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Events Oral History Project, $15,860
Wyoming State Museum, Clothing Storage Project, $7,000
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, Ames Monument Restoration Project, $15,000
Lincoln County
Star Valley Arts Council, Executive Director Position, Initial Funding, $6,762
Natrona County
Casper Museum Consortium, Museum Minute on the Brian Scott Morning Show, $6,500
Fort Caspar Museum Association, Museum Collection Storage and Equipment Upgrade, $5,500
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Internal Technical and Organization Infrastructure Support, $20,000
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Educational Outreach Programming, $10,000
Park County
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, “Arapaho Journey: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation, $10,250
Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Interpretive Learning Center Interior Build Out, $40,000
Sheridan County
Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, Sheridan Trolley Restoration Project, $6,500
Sheridan YMCA, Heart Mountain: A Film Project, $15,000
Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County Historical Museum, Documentation & Preservation of Granger, WY Cemetery, $3,000
Teton County
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum, Exhibition Research for “The Shoshone in Jackson Hole: Stories Told by the People”, $7,500
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Wyoming Filmmakers Showcase Event & Tour, $9,200
Uinta County
Young Musicians, Inc., Equipment Purchases, $9,000
Alliance for Historic Wyoming, Executive Director Position Support, $29,440
Wyoming Museum Training Network, Mobile Lab: Onsite Professional Development and Technical Services for WY Museums, $16,000
Wyoming State Historical Society, Wyoming History Website, $12,300