Arts & Culture

Wyoming Arts Council

A national arts education organization has selected Wyoming to be part of a three-year program to strengthen the arts in schools. Americans for the Arts has awarded grants to ten states for pilot programs to improve arts education policies.

The Wyoming Arts Council’s Michael Shay says the first step is a survey to evaluate what resources art educators have and need.

The second annual Northwest Guitar Summit takes place this weekend in Powell. The event includes a public concert and workshops for guitar players in the community. This year, the summit is open to any guitar player of junior high age or above. Organizer Jeff Troxel will be joined by jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen and classical guitarist Michael Videon.

Kentucky Country Musician Jeremy Pinnell On Morning Music

Nov 9, 2015
Anna Rader

Jeremy David Pinnell recorded live on 11/09/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show. 

Lander Art Center

Friday, November 6, the third annual Native American Art Show opens in Lander. This year, the exhibit is breaking new ground by featuring the works of contemporary performance artists alongside traditional art.

At the opening, performance artists will showcase spoken word, hip hop, music, and poetry at the Middle Fork restaurant in downtown Lander.

At the Lander Art Center gallery, artists will collaborate on a painting.

Canadian Folk Musician Winona Wilde On Morning Music

Nov 5, 2015
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Winona Wilde recorded live on 11/05/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... Halloween! With the arrival of All Hallows' Eve comes Morning Music's annual scream montage. We're playing it on the airwaves today and we want you to have some spooky fun. Who do you hear screaming in the music montage? 

Wyoming Humanities Council

The National Endowment for the Humanities turns 50 this year. 45 years ago, Wyoming was one of the first states with its own humanities council. Shortly after creating the national organization, Congress called on the NEH to expand at the state level.

Indie Singer-Songwriter Andy Hackbarth On Morning Music

Oct 29, 2015
Anna Rader

Andy Hackbarth recorded live on 10/28/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.


Wyoming’s landscape stars in a new film coming this Thanksgiving. So, the UW Geological Museum and the Wyoming Office of Tourism have teamed up with Disney Pixar to promote the movie.

Taylor Scott


Guitarist, singer and songwriter Taylor Scott from Cheyenne talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new EP from the Taylor Scott Band - "A Closer Look, The Second Glance."

Portions of songs are edited. For full release of EP go to The EP will also be available on iTunes the week of October 26.

Indie Folk Band Of Lovers On Morning Music

Oct 22, 2015
Anna Rader

Band Of Lovers recorded live on 10/22/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Indie-Acoustic Band Benyaro On Morning Music

Oct 21, 2015
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Benyaro recorded live on 10/21/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Gregory Hinton

Wyoming certainly has its place in LGBT history. Now, it will serve as a place where LGBT history in the West can be chronicled, as well. 

The University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center has a new archive "Out West In The Rockies," which spotlights LGBT history in the American West.

Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard sat down with the co-creator of the archive, Gregory Hinton, who spent his childhood in Wyoming and Montana. Hinton will be speaking about the archive and his own experience growing up in the West at the Sheridan Fulmer Library at 6:30pm Wednesday.

Wyoming poet laureate and author David Romtvedt and Caitlin Belem on Morning Music talking with Micah Schweizer about his new book Zelestina Urza in Outer Space, Basque history, and Basque music.

Recorded 10/19/15



WPR's Grady Kirkpatrick talked with musician, author, actor and painter Bobby Bridger about his new release Vagabond Heart.

The new University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra season features music spanning five centuries. Symphony director Michael Griffith says he strives to provide programming that covers three key areas: the classics, contemporary works, and hidden gems.

Jazz and classical students and faculty musicians from the University of Wyoming’s Music Department are performing together Monday, October 5 at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features new compositions and new arrangements by pianist and faculty member Ben Markley—who will be joined on stage by 15 violinists, violists, and cellists. Markley previewed the concert with Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer.

Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle On Morning Music

Sep 30, 2015

Justin Townes Earle recorded live on 9/30/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.  

Executive Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival shares his philosophy of music and sports and how they share similarities of passion and discipline.

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On Thursday, an award-winning film based on a classic James Welch novel makes its Wyoming debut. Winter in the Blood follows the story of a Blackfoot man, Virgil First Raise, through his journey of self-discovery. The movie is directed by brothers Alex and Andrew Smith.

Native Americana Blues Guitarist Cary Morin On Morning Music

Sep 22, 2015
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Cary Morin recorded live on 9/22/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

North Carolina Folk Duo Lowland Hum On Morning Music

Sep 21, 2015
Lowland Hum

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra has a new home for the 2015-2016 concert season. The orchestra is performing at Casper College instead of its usual hall at Natrona County High School while the auditorium is under renovation. Music director Matthew Savery says playing at Wheeler Concert Hall offers new acoustic possibilities.

Over the next week, a piece of music inspired by Wyoming is touring the state. "A Rambling Stretch" is the work of composer Tyler Gilmore. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer discovered, the piece of music draws together the many strands of Gilmore’s life.

Here's the tour schedule:

Artists are invading downtown Laramie this weekend. Local artists of all kinds will “pop up” in local businesses and on the streets for the Laramie Pop-Up Artwalk.

It’s a creation of the Wyoming Art Party, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Downtown Laramie Business Alliance. 26 artists, including street performers and buskers, are scheduled. Local artist Adrienne Vetter has extended an invitation for any artist who would like to join at the event.

Riot Act, Inc.

The next big name in sketch comedy could have its roots in Wyoming.

This Saturday, September 19, the Jackson-based theatre company Riot Act, Inc. will hold a sketch comedy workshop with hopes that participants will go on to form a comedy troupe of their own. The workshop is open to all levels of writers and actors.

Art Association of Jackson Hole

Nine up-and-coming Jackson artists will be featured in the fourth annual Jackson Rising exhibition opening this weekend. Local artists recommended their peers for the Jackson Rising display. Art Association Gallery director Thomas Macker says this process of finding new contributors keeps the exhibition fresh year after year.

Americana Band The Black Lillies On Morning Music

Sep 9, 2015
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The Black Lillies recorded live on 9/9/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Anna Rader

Singer-songwriter and blues violinist Anne Harris, who hails from Chicago, played live on Morning Music along with Wyoming blues guitar great Taylor Scott. They blew us away with their talent and great live performances. See them play at the Snowy Range Music Festival, happening this weekend. 

Wyoming Public Media

Michael Martin Murphey (of "Wildfire" and "Carolina In the Pines" fame) talked with Grady Kirkpatrick and played a few songs.