Support The School House Renovation
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Please contact Sharon Dynak via email or (307) 737-2291 if you have any questions regarding contributions.
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Thank you to Ucross Artist Donors!
The Ucross School House – From the Past to the Future
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One hundred years ago, a small wooden school house was moved to the town of Ucross, Wyoming from a neighboring ranch. Built in 1914, the Ucross School served students in this deeply rural region until 1968. When the Ucross Foundation was established by Raymond Plank in 1981, the School House became the first building to house artists-in- residence in what has now become an internationally renowned program. Ucross Fellows often tell us about memorable moments in the School House during residencies. Artist Howard Hersch recently reflected: "Elegant beautiful meals, enjoyed in the warm and supportive company of fellow artists...a perfect combination, and emblematic of the entire Ucross experience."
Currently, nearly 100 artists and creative thinkers come to Ucross each year, up to ten at one time. From their feedback, we know that the intimate group dinners in the School House are an invaluable part of the Ucross residency experience. Poets sit next to painters, composers sit next to sculptors, dancers sit next to novelists. Lifelong friendships and sometimes even collaborations are formed over dinner – and, of course, the ever-present cookie jar.
The School House remains the heart and soul of our Ucross residency program. It is a key source of the Ucross magic that we hear so much about from all of our artists. As Ucross has grown to support 10 residents at one time, we've realized that the dining room and kitchen are now too small. The building receives heavy use year-round, and it has been nearly 20 years since it was last refurbished. After a careful review of all of our facilities, we concluded that our highest priority is renovating the School House. We plan to significantly enlarge the dining room, add a new, state-of- the-art kitchen, and expand the deck area, including the addition of a new screened-in porch.
Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and will be completed in time for residents to return in August for the Fall Session. We know that many wonderful books, plays, art exhibitions, musical performances, dances and other artistic creations will be brought to the world through time spent at the Ucross School House – this year and for many years to come.
Ucross is classified as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit tax exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service and all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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