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 at wpmupdate@uwyo.edu

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 Wyoming Stories page, and view the Best of Wyoming Listener Favorites & Photo Contests Pages.

Listen to The Modern West podcast, a monthly digest of news & cultural stories from the Mountain West.

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.

Wyoming Public Media includes Wyoming Public Radio, Classical Wyoming, and Jazz Wyoming.  And now, it includes online content on our redesigned website Wyomingpublicmedia.org.  Here you can read news and arts stories, participate in discussions on Topic of the Week, make a gift of support, or read updates about the public broadcasting industry on General Manager Updates.

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.”

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