SHERIDAN, WY (April 10, 2018) Sheridan Public Arts Council, Whitney Center for the Arts, SAGE Community Arts, UCross, WYO Theater and Frackelton’s are coming together to Celebrate the Arts April 26-30; unveiling new works, engaging the community in new experiences, and cultivating a love of and appreciation for the arts. Most events during Celebrate the Arts are free.

“Sheridan has an especially collaborative, passionate and committed community of artists, arts organizations and patrons,” said Kim Love, Sheridan Public Arts committee chair. “We are proud to partner with our fellow creators and lovers of art to spread the joy and value of the arts throughout Sheridan.”

Celebrate the Arts culminates Monday, April 30 with the Houser exhibition at SAGE Community Arts and Frackelton’s Dining for a Cause to benefit Celebrate the Arts in Sheridan.

“The art we create and celebrate is an expression of our identity and curiosity,” said Erin Hanke, Whitney Center for the Arts director. “For five days straight, we’re inviting the entire community to immerse themselves in the Sheridan arts scene, and learn more about how the arts enhance our lives and our local economy.”

Celebrate the Arts: Thursday, April 26 through Monday, April 30

Throughout the week : New sculptures by Sheridan Public Arts Council throughout downtown, including Rabbit Reach by Tim Cherry

Thursday, April 26

3:30-5p : Jazz at Sheridan College open workshop with Ben Markley (free)

7p : Concert: Ben Markley with SC Jazztet (free)

Friday, April 27

7:30p : BJ Thomas at the WYO Theater ($35/ticket)

Saturday, April 28

1-3p : Dedication of Tamale Louie sculpture in Grinnell Plaza (free)

5-7p : Sheridan College Student Juried Art Exhibition opening reception and awarding of first annual Theodore Waddell print prize (featuring music by Sheridan College student ensembles) (free)

7p : Mariela Shaker, lecture + violin, as featured on TEDx (free)

Sunday, April 29

12-2:30p : Lineage & Legacy : The Imaged Horse workshop at Ucross (free, but registration is required)

3-5p : Lineage & Legacy : The Imaged Horse opening reception at Ucross (free)

Monday, April 30

11a-2p & 4-10p : Dining for a Cause to benefit Celebrate the Arts at Frackelton’s

5-7p : Allan Houser Exhibition opening reception at SAGE Community Arts (free)

After a six-year hiatus, Love resurrected Celebrate the Arts as a one-day event in 2017 to commemorate the opening of SAGE Community Arts new space in the Montgomery building downtown, the unveiling of Allan Houser’s downtown sculpture, Interconnection, and the launch of Frackelton’s Dining for a Cause.

According to Sheridan Travel & Tourism, the arts economy generates as much as $20 million in local economic impact each year, while artists and art exports serve as tremendous ambassadors and advertisements, respectively, for the community. During the 2017-18 season, Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College has drawn more than 10,000 local and visiting guests into its concert hall, gallery and classrooms for exhibits, shows, lectures and performances, and more than 300 students are enrolled in Sheridan College arts programs. The WYO Theater concerts, plays, operas and special events also pulled in more than 10,000 guests last year. The new downtown WYO Performing Arts and Education Center has also expanded the WYO’s local live musical performances, dance instruction and educational theater for children. Throughout each year, SAGE Community Art displays eight local, regional and national artists exhibitions in its fine art gallery and local artist’s work is shown in its member’s gallery. Art classes for beginners to professional artists are also offered throughout the year. Since its launch in 2003, Sheridan Public Arts Council has acquired 59 sculptures and displayed dozens more on loan throughout downtown Sheridan.

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