Welcome to the WyAA Arts Alliance web site.

We have placed the contents of our Advocacy page on the WyAA home page as it contains pertinent and pressing advocacy issues and information to assist you in spreading support for the fine and performing arts, particularly in the upcoming Legislative session.

We did it, Thank you!  Fine and Performing Arts are now included in the Hathaway Success Curriculum.  


WyAA aims to be the statewide arts network to provide a voice for the arts. The premise of WyAA’s advocacy work is that the arts can be utilized as a strong economic, cultural, and educational driver for communities. As we get closer to the up coming legislative session we wanted to take this opportunity to let our constituents know about WyAA’s goals.

  • Keep Operating Support Grant money in the Wyoming Art Council budget
  • Increase/maintain Wyoming Arts Council general budget through the legislature
  • Increase Funds to the Cultural Trust Corpus
  • Monitor how Arts Education is supported within the Department of Education following our successful campaign last year to include Fine & Performing Arts as credits that are accepted for the Hathaway Scholarship.

In addition, we will once again host a state Arts Advocacy Day where WyAA will emphasize the impact of the arts in all 23 counties.  Data regarding the economic impact of the arts will be collected for each district and distributed to legislators.  Combining an event and an individualized approach to recognizing the arts in Wyoming, will help WyAA to build influence in order to promote the economic, educational, social, and cultural impact of the arts; which allows legislators to make decisions accordingly.  
WyAA’s long term goal is to explore and support different avenues for sustainable arts funding. WyAA has identified the need to research the feasibility and steps needed to initiate new funding sources in both communities and through the legislature.
WyAA defines community not as a vague entity to which we provide services, but rather a group who are our active partners – like you.  To take action, become a member or subscribe to our newsletter.  As the holidays approach we will begin using an email chain again to pass around information and alerts regarding these issues as they develop. For more information on Wyoming’s Creative Vitality Index and how WyAA can help your community – contact us –

We will monitor the Governor's budget and put out updates to the status as we become aware of them.


Please note that legislators are using a new email system this session that is uniform ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). It is still best to check the listing on the legislators site above as some use their full name, others do not, and a few have numbers in them.


The Wyoming Arts Alliance also monitors national art and arts education legislation.  
Current issues include:

  • NEA Funding Levels
  • STEAM initiatives and Art Education funding
  • Tax Reform to continue to include charitable giving

Recent good news regarding NEA Funding:

The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill – and the NEA and NEH are both $146.02 million.

To learn more about the value of the arts in student's educations. please view the Instructions and Talking Points, the Presentation document, and any of the advocacy information below to learn more about this effort and how you can help.

Instructions and talking points for the Hathaway Amendment


Fine and Perfoming Arts Presentation to ED Committee

Advocacy Tools


Download our Art SmARTS Powerpoint: Click here for the PDF

Watch the video from Natrona County High School:


Arts Advocacy Concerns

If you have questions, if you would like to use these tools for your own group or in your community, or if you would like to be more actively involved in the effort, please feel free to contact Steve Schrepferman, Co-President of the Wyoming Arts Alliance at 307-899-6693.

Wyoming Arts Alliance

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Wyoming Representation

United States House of Representatives

Liz Cheney

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United States Senate

John Barrasso

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Mike Enzi

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Wyoming Arts Alliance
PO Box 20993
Cheyenne, WY 82003