Art Association awarded $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Art Association of Jackson Hole announced that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their upcoming "Art in Transition" exhibition series and related artist residencies and education programs which will be presented in partnership with The Center for the Arts. NEA Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is the Art Works award for the Art Association of Jackson Hole in partnership with the Center for the Arts. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. “The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the Art Association of Jackson Hole offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.” “Art in Translation” was conceived by Thomas Macker and focuses on Jackson’s many transplants from seasonal workers to migrants. The Latino community is responsible for 30% (and growing rapidly) of Teton County. With their collaborating partner The Center for the Arts, the 2016 season of exhibitions and education (youth, adult, and outreach) will connect to the large growing number of transplants in the community and service organizations. This winter, associate curator at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo and Director of the University Museum of Science and Art Cecilia Delgado Masse, who also has experience in social practice, will come to Jackson. She will asses the community needs and socioeconomic issues within the Latino community and connect with local artists and human service organization administrators. After assessing community need, the guest curator will program a group exhibition of Mexican artists who work within the realm of social practice. Visiting artists will come to Jackson in the Spring of 2017 to exhibit their interactive and participatory artwork, teach free outreach workshops & conduct public lectures. Following the artists’ visit, the local community will exhibit their own work in response to the first exhibition and visiting artist workshops. This model will allow for a generative conversation between the enclaved communities of Jackson as well as the contemporary artists and curators from Mexico City (and the institutions they are attached to) with the Art Association of Jackson Hole and the Center for the Arts. #buckrail #news