Best Of Wyoming

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WPM’s ‘Best of Wyoming’ offers snapshots of creative and inspirational ventures in communities across the state. If you have recommendations for this page, please e-mail Best of Wyoming’s curator ( or post upcoming events in the Wyoming Public Media calendar.

Each month a different community is featured. The pages below feature Artists, Performers, Wyoming Heritage and the Great Outdoors in each community. For other nonprofits in the state, visit the Wyoming Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations page. Listen to local history on the WPM Wyoming Stories page, and view the Best of Wyoming Listener Favorites & Photo Contests Pages.

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Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society - Casper

Mar 5, 2012

The Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society was created to promote and perpetuate blues and jazz music across the state of Wyoming. The Society recognizes blues and jazz as being a true American heritage and seeks to educate and encourage, young and old to play and listen to blues and jazz. Members are primarily in the Casper area with a few spread across the state and fewer yet elsewhere in the U.S. The society hopes to grow its membership elsewhere across the state while encouraging and enjoying shared events in many towns across Wyoming.

During the 2011-12 winter break 16 students and faculty from UW, Casper College and Laramie County Community College travelled to Ecuador to spend 8 days/7 nights touring by yacht the Galapagos Islands with author and Charles Darwin scholar Greg Estes. Days were spent hiking trails and snorkeling to observe the unique flora and fauna of these islands that are a natural laboratory for the study of Evolution. Following the Galapagos expedition the group spent 3 days hiking and birding in the Bellavista Cloud Forest Preserve in the Andes Mountains near Quito.

The Tate Geological Museum - Casper

Mar 2, 2012
Tate Geological Museum

The Tate Geological Museum was founded in 1980 through a gift from Marion and Inez Tate. It was originally designated as the Tate Earth Science Center and Mineralogical Museum. Because ‘geological' encompasses earth science, mineralogy and paleontology, the name was changed to the Tate Geological Museum in 2001.

Located on the Casper College campus, the museum is a great resource for the community. Many local schools and groups come to the museum to add to their students’ learning experience.

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra - Casper

Mar 1, 2012

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra began in 1920 but did not incorporate until the 1940’s. “Musicians always find other musicians to play, and back in the 20’s they traveled long distances on dirt roads to play together” according to WSO Executive Director, Kate Tiernan.

Nicolaysen Art Museum - Casper

Mar 1, 2012

The Nicolaysen Art Museum programs are designed to stimulate, encourage and advance self-expression and knowledge of the arts.

The Landscapes of Conrad Schwiering exhibition explored the personal creative artistic process of Wyoming landscape painter Conrad Schwiering (1916-1986) through pencil sketches, oil studies on masonite, and finished paintings.

[From the NEAT Newsletter - 2012]

The 2011-2012 Native Emerging Artist Training (NEAT) is now in full swing celebrating 10 students who have already completed 25% of the NEAT curriculum. The NEAT program is designed to teach local Native American artists the professional behind-the-scenes skills of entering art exhibitions and juried shows.

Wyoming Catholic College is proud to announce the release of its new promotional film: “Wisdom in God’s Country.” The result of more than a year of filming by Grassroots Films-- the studio behind “The Human Experience” and the USCCB’s vocational video, “Fishers of Men” -- this video is the most recent and most comprehensive look at one of the nation’s newest, most exciting educational institutions.

Established in 1998, the Museum of the American West (MAW) is a unique not-for-profit outdoor/indoor museum complex that educates the public by presenting and advancing the unmatched natural and cultural history of the Wind River and Sweetwater valleys and the South Pass region of the Rocky Mountains.  Strategically located on 8.61 acres adjoining US Hwy 287 at 1445 Main in Lander, Wyoming, adjacent to Lander schools and the central commercial district, the MAW enjoys a natural setting along a sparkling stream with the magnificent Wind River Range in the background.  In this setting, visito

Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company, based in Lander, enters its thirteenth Summer Season bringing great classical theater to Wyoming audiences. The company tours the state offering an opportunity to Wyoming actors to broaden their performing experience playing some of the most coveted roles in theater.

Mike Hepler, NOLS PR & marketing intern

My hometown of West Chester, Pa., is about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia. I’m a diehard Philly sports fan, who had everything I wanted at 30 years old; except for a job that I loved.

So much about me has changed over the past 16 months, and I’m not sure where to begin. Should I start with what brought me to Wyoming or with what has made me to decide to stay?

            The simple answer to both is NOLS.

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Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS) was recently named a recipient of a 2011 Governor’s Arts Award. Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize artists, arts organizations and patrons who have displayed excellence in the arts and outstanding service to the arts in Wyoming.

PALS (Promoting Arts in Lander Schools) is a grassroots organization that brings the arts—including theater, music, literature, visual art, dance, and opera—to Lander students.

The Lander Art Center is a nonprofit art organization located in beautiful Lander, Wyoming. It’s a membership-based organization relying on the involvement and financial support of the community. 

The Center’s mission is to engage the community's young people and adults in visual arts through quality exhibitions and learning opportunities that will support a strong arts community in Fremont County.

The gallery-space features varied art exhibitions of local, regional and national artists rotating on a six-week basis totaling eight exhibitions per year.

The Outdoor Industry Association announced its 2012 Outdoor Inspiration Awards Thursday, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) was named the winner of the group category.

Of 250 nominees, NOLS was determined by a panel of outdoor business and community leaders to be the group most inspirational in encouraging people to appreciate, support, and recreate in the outdoors. The group category was comprised of “two or more who have come together to get great things done, and get even better things started.”