By Western Hands Awarded Grant From Wyoming Arts Council

Cody, WY– The Wyoming Arts Council, along with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, has honored Cody’s own, By Western Hands with a generous grant of nearly $9,000.00.

This support has made it possible to include in the 2018 By Western Hands Invitational Design Exhibition nationally recognized speaker and author, Asa Christiana, formerly of Fine Woodworking Magazine on Sept. 21st, 2018 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Coe Auditorium. Christiana will present From Molesworth to Maker and Back Again: How Today’s Young Artisans are Reinventing Traditional Crafts.

This grant also includes support for additional programs and projects for the planned By Western Hands Design Center due to open later this year. Specifically, BWH museum study collection interpretive signage design, workshop safety manual production, and professional development Board training receives support. The speaker, exhibition, signage, safety manual and board governance support programs/services, aligning with The Wyoming Arts Council mission.

The By Western Hands Artisan Guild was founded as a non-profit organization by Cody community members in 2015. It is now a national organization whose mission is to promote its member artisans through events and related activities, sustaining the creation of decorative and functional art and using designs and techniques influenced by the American West.

“The textbook definition of functional art refers to artistic, aesthetic pieces that serve utilitarian purposes,” said Dennie Hammer, Executive Director.” Using wood, leather, silver, iron, antler, and beading, our artisan members create the finest Western-themed world-class functional art, perpetuating, preserving and promoting these traditions.”

By Western Hands brought in a recognized, educational speaker in the hope that it will attract and inspire students from Wyoming Colleges, Big Horn Basin High Schools, Buffalo Bill Center of the West & By Western Hands patrons, and the Big Horn community at-large. Wyoming community patrons, sponsors and volunteers believe western design and Cody’s place in its history are valuable, irreplaceable assets worth preserving as a major part of the town economic and cultural diversity through the arts.

Hammer went on to say that “This funding will help By Western Hands to achieve our mission to sustain, promote and cultivate excellence in Western functional art while also greatly enriching the educational experience.”


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