Wyoming Art Party
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
One of the things I'm most proud of is the work I've done with the Wyoming Art Party. That said, this is the collective accomplishment that I'd like to share with Meg Thompson and Adrienne Vetter. Meg Thompson, Adrienne Vetter, and I formed the Wyoming Art Party in 2014 with the mission to organize art projects and shows that connect individuals, scattered throughout Wyoming, who work in different regions, disciplines, and from different backgrounds, with the aim of creating work that truly represents art in Wyoming as it is, rather than as it is thought to be. For our first project "Portrait of Wyoming" we invited 38 visual artists, writers, and craft folk to collaborate on a "Portrait" of our wonderful state. Since then we've gone on to organize the "Laramie Pop-Up Artwalk," "The Parade Project," and most recently we've started to open up our new studio space for community "Work Parties." For more information check out www.wyomingartparty.com.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
My primary personal goal in the next 5 years is to continue to make studio and community work that I can be proud of and that is engaging. My business goal for the next 5 years is to continue grow my business.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I'd say my biggest philanthropic achievement is the the work I do with the Wyoming Art Party (everything we do with the Wyoming Art Party is free and accessible to the entire community.)
What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?
Oh, this is a hard one as I like to imagine all the projects I've helped create with the Wyoming Art Party have an impact on Laramie and this sort of thing is not easy to measure. While the Laramie Pop-Up Artwalk has been important for celebrating our creative community I think the work we've been doing in the last year with our "Work Parties" feels the most significant. By opening up our studio space and partnering with various community groups to create posters, banners, costumes, postcards, and art projects and showing up at direct actions and marches we're helping to not only celebrate, but to support and fight for all Wyomingites.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I love Laramie's creative community and am excited to see how it can help shape what Laramie will look like in the year's to come.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I think that the fact that I love what I do has helped me get where I am. Having a (sometimes unhealthy) protestant work ethic also helps. With the Wyoming Art Party, I think my need to collaborate and desire to organize and creatively agitate people is definitely helpful.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
Figure out what you love to do, get good at it, and keep doing it (even if it has to be a side gig to start with.)