Prairie Wind Culture Festival - Gillette
The Prairie Wind Culture Festival (PWCF) was started in 2004. It is an all volunteer, non-profit, secular organization with one goal: to celebrate the rich cultural diversity that exists in northeastern Wyoming.
The PWCF is an annual Festival that is free and open to the public. As with any culture, the three main elements of the Festival are food, music and art! This unique event brings people together to celebrate their differences while discovering the many ways in which we are all related.
The Festival has been supported in part by the Campbell County Community Public Recreation District, the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming Humanities Council and the Prairie Wind Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The Festival has been organized and widely supported to celebrate diversity and encourage cultural awareness in and around the community.
Art is a big part of the Festival with a juried art exhibition displaying works from students; kindergarten through 12th grade. Past years have brought work created by all of the Campbell County Schools, as well as work done by students from Montana. Regional artisans and vendors will demonstrate, display and sell their work in the Market area; it is a great place to find unique goods from around the country and world, as well as local.
Another element of the Festival includes participation by people who want to share information about their culture or experiences they’ve had in the community, the state, the country and the world. Anyone is permitted to set-up a booth to display information, photos, videos and memorabilia to share with others.
The “Park” is a large family activity area with arts and craft projects including mask-making and musical instrument building. There will also be a giant cardboard maze to promote imagination and resourcefulness as well as a 16 foot tipi setup to encourage cultural exploration. The Park offers fun activities for the whole family.
The Prairie Wind Culture Festival has enriched the lives of those who have participated and strengthened their community with an awareness of the rich cultural diversity that makes this region so unique, celebrating diversity and creating an environment that teaches honor and respect for people of all cultures.
For more information, visit the Prairie Wind Culture Festival home page: http://www.prairiewindculturefestival.org.