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VSA arts of Wyoming
VSA arts of Wyoming’s mission is to involve Wyoming’s people and resources, fostering leadership in progressive programs by, with, and for people with disabilities. The purpose of these programs is to increase the level of commitment to cultivate the artistic potentials of all Wyoming citizens regardless of their disability.
Program Partners and Other Funders:
ARTCORE; Nicolaysen Art Museum; Pinedale Arts Council; Sheridan WYO Theater; Seton House Homeless Shelter; State of Wyoming School Systems; Creative Arts Center; Wyoming Arts Council; Wyoming Commission for National & Community Service; Western Wyoming Center for Independent Living; Western Wyoming Commission for National & Community Service; Wyoming Department of Education; Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities; Sheridan Arts Council; WIND (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities); Easter Seals Players; Magic City Enterprises; Horse Warriors; University of Wyoming – Cultural Center
Educational Programs & Teaching Artist Residencies
Horse Warriors is a year-round equine facilitated prevention program for people with disabilities and at-risk youth 12-21 years of age located in Jackson, Wyoming. Care, riding, and interaction with horses provide subject matter for students to express themselves through journal writings, drawings, music, and other art skills that aid students in improving motion and/or behavioral problems.
Sheridan WYO Theater
The Sheridan WYO Theater partners with VSA arts of Wyoming to provide access to the arts for schools and performing artists in northern Wyoming through school workshops, classes, and performances as well as general public performances.
This ongoing program targets K-12 students with emphasis on youth with disabilities and provides school workshops/classes, as well as, school and general public performances.
Pinedale Fine Arts Council
The Pinedale Fine Arts Council partners with VSA arts of Wyoming to provide access to the arts for schools and performing artists in southwestern Wyoming through school workshops, classes, and performances as well as general public performances.
UW (University of Wyoming) Cultural Center
This ongoing program allows a student jazz ensemble from the University of Wyoming to provide instruction and performances to various schools statewide.
Seton House Art Classes
This program will provide art supplies and instructors for K-12 youth residing in a single-parent homeless shelter located in Casper, Wyoming.
In-House Classes –School
This ongoing program provides art classes at the VSA arts of Wyoming facility and will be restricted to senior high school students with disabilities from Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High Schools in Casper, Wyoming. Approximately eighty classes will be held for these students. An additional 24 summer classes is proposed for people with disabilities.
After School Art Programs
This program promotes after school art programs at three elementary schools located in Casper, Wyoming.
Art Assistance and Training
This program will provide sound equipment and supplies for a music program, visual arts program, and an art show at the Creative Arts Center in Laramie, Wyoming for people with developmental disabilities.
Dayhab Art Classes
This program provides art supplies to organizations serving adults with developmental disabilities.
Professional Development and Technical Assistance
WY HI Deaf Conference
This annual program partners VSA arts of Wyoming with the Wyoming Department of Education to provide a statewide conference for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, as well as people who work with the Deaf population.
Kids on the Block (KOB)
KOB is a troupe of seventeen puppets, each with a different disability, that travels statewide to schools, elder/senior facilities, and hospitals to teach people about various disabilities and to promote inclusion. The puppets are not only used as a learning tool for audiences, but also a teaching tool for presenters, as they learn how to present a prepared skit and operate the puppets.
Cultural Access and Inclusive Arts Services
Wyoming Arts Council
VSA arts of Wyoming, the Wyoming Arts Council, and WIND (Wyoming Institute for Disabilities) will collaborate on a conference to address accessibility issues.Mega Conference VSA arts of Wyoming joins with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, Wyoming Independent Living, and numerous other organizations providing services to people with disabilities in sponsoring a three-day conference on disability issues.
Public Awareness and Outreach
The Young Soloist Program
This program is an ongoing call to aspiring/emerging young soloists within the state to represent Wyoming in a national competition.
The Playwright Discovery Program
This is an ongoing call to aspiring/emerging playwrights within the state to submit their original plays to represent Wyoming in a national competition.
Nicolaysen Art Museum Program
This program provides art supplies for the Museum’s Discovery Center, art classes, art day camps, interactive stations, as well as gallery presentations and museum tours for K-12 students.
Easter Seals Players
This ongoing program provides supplies, equipment rental, or other related materials and expenses for the production of plays performed by the Easter Seals Players from Sheridan, Wyoming. Actors with disabilities will provide a minimum of two performances and additional workshops.
Zoupee Bowls/Art Classes-Cheyenne
This ongoing program provides supplies for art classes, which include the preparation of 250 bowls for the "Empty Bowl Night," a banquet held in the state capitol each year with proceeds from sale of the bowls going to local food banks. Art classes are provided by Magic Center Enterprises located in Cheyenne, Wyoming for adults with developmental disabilities.
Pageant of Peace
This ongoing program will provide eighty Christmas ornaments prepared by individuals with developmental disabilities at Magic City Enterprises (MCE) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Fifty ornaments will be sent to Washington D.C. for the Christmas Pageant of Peace Tree, and thirty ornaments will be used to help decorate the State of Wyoming Christmas Tree located in the Capitol Rotunda.