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An annual arts festival showcases the diverse arts scene of Sheridan County

Celebrate the Arts logo for 2022
Courtesy of Celebrate the Arts

“Celebrate the Arts” is an annual event when several arts organizations in Sheridan County host numerous events at different locations over a multi-day period. Initially conceived as a sculpture-based event, it’s since diversified the kinds of artistic organizations it includes to span the visual, literary, and performing arts.

“Over the years, we’ve really tried to expand it to this collaborative effort that now we have, this celebration that spans four days,” said Jill Benson, chair of “Celebrate the Arts.” “And we really work to tailor those four days to where it’s packed with artistic indulgences, but we don’t overlap too bad with each other.”

Initially launched about 20 years ago, this year’s events are slated to include free salsa dancing classes, artist demonstrations, author talks, and concerts. The festival attracts hundreds of people each year.

“We’ll be able to drive people out and direct them out to our museums or the residencies, the colleges that are participating so that we’re concentrated but how vast we cover the Sheridan County,” she added.

The Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College, WYO Theater, Brinton Museum, SAGE Community Arts, Sheridan Public Arts Committee (SPAC), and the Ucross Foundation are the arts organizations that are involved in this year’s festivities. A list of all of this year’s events hosted by each organization can be found here.

Hugh Cook is Wyoming Public Radio's Northeast Reporter, based in Gillette. A fourth-generation Northeast Wyoming native, Hugh joined Wyoming Public Media in October 2021 after studying and working abroad and in Washington, D.C. for the late Senator Mike Enzi.
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