I did not have a chance to meet outgoing Art Association Executive Director Jennifer Crawford.
Today, those of us signed up for the Community Foundation’s List Serve read the news that Crawford has resigned her position. Former Art Association Executive Director Karen Stewart will fill in as Interim Director while the Art Association looks for a replacement for Crawford.
“I will continue to enjoy the adventures that Jackson offers, on visits back to friends and family in this beautiful valley. I have an opportunity in Denver that I cannot refuse,” says Crawford. “I plan to continue my work with the Arts and Cultural District of Denver, Colorado as well my research in Arts Education. It was important to notify the Art Association’s Board of Directors of this change as quickly as possible in order to make a transition happen in a seamless manner. I have enjoyed my experience at the Art Association and will miss being a key contributor to this organization, which plays an important role to the community of Jackson Hole.”
Other changes at the Art Association include the departure of former Education Director Amy Larkin and Teton Art Lab’s relocation to new digs in Jackson.
“We will miss Jennifer, her energy and her creativity. She has made significant contributions to the Art Association during her tenure. Our up and coming exhibits, finances, and education programs are stronger because of her,” said Art Association Chair Sally Byrne.
John Wright, Vice Chairman, Art Association of Jackson Hole
Governor Freudenthal says that “the Cowboy State is also an arts state.”
According to the Wyoming Arts Council Blog, Governor Dave, in conjunction with the Council, will release the Wyoming Creative Vitality Index at a press conference on Wednesday, October 6, at 9 a.m. in front of the sculpture at the Wyoming Governor’s Residence, located at 5001 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.
Straight from the Blog: The Wyoming Creative Vitality Index was conducted by the Western States Arts Federation and shows that the Cowboy State is also an Arts State, and that the Arts contribute substantially to Wyoming’s economy. The report will be available at the press conference. Rita Basom, manager of the Wyoming Arts Council, said the CVI, which tracks change over time, provides information that will help to diversify the Wyoming economy and improve community vitality.
“The presence of a strong creative community in Wyoming positively impacts Cultural Tourism in the state, and reinforces the importance of Arts Education in our schools,” Basom said. “We’re excited to share this information with the public,” she added.
The full text of the Wyoming Creative Vitality Index will be up on the Wyoming Arts Council web site on Oct. 6.