What are Folk Songs?

Adam Miller makes no apologies for singing old songs. In fact, his repertoire includes more than 5,000 songs — a remarkable number. Miller, who is from Draine, Oregon, is a virtual treasure trove of music that our country has lived with and loved for years. He writes about what a folk song is and who […]

Worland Woodturners Featured in State Publications

Worland Wyoming Woodturners is being featured in two state publications. Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine includes a two-page story (p. 24-25) on “Finding Creative Connections in Wyoming.” Sam Angelo, Worland, who started the Woodturners organization, is interviewed, along with Barrie Lynn Bryant, Kirby. Read it at http://www.wyolifestyle.com/currentissue.html Angelo’s specialty is fine art pieces, as well as how-to videos […]

What Difference Does the Arts Make?

Forget about the “soft” quality-of-life values of the arts — creativity, critical thinking, improved physical and mental health and skills — the usual things advocates say about the value of the arts. The arts and culture industry is also big business and a major economic driver in states and communities of all sizes. The U.S. nonprofit arts […]

Speak up for Our Present and Our Future

In 2015, Wyoming Humanities Council helped bring Sam Mihara to Thermopolis. Mihara had grown up in the Heart Mountain detention center in Wyoming, less than 100 miles from our town. All Japanese citizens who lived along the coasts were rounded up in 1942 during World War II as potential spies for the Japanese government. They were […]

Determining the True Cost of the Humanities

By Shannon Smith A conversation is going on in Wyoming and all around our country, and it is about the very soul of our nation. On March 16, the Trump administration released its first federal budget plan which called for the elimination of 62 agencies and programs, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and […]

Lessons from Heart Mountain Internment Camp

Japanese-American boys, Raphael Weill grammar school, taken by Dorothea Lange in 1942 just before they were sent to American imprisonment camps with their families. UPDATE – September 2017 – Now when our nation is being torn by racial divisions and a swelling in hatred and misunderstanding, it is especially important that we remember what happened when […]