Our Vision - Create An Engaging and Beautiful Community Greenspace
WonderArts is dedicated to providing our communities with opportunities to explore, recreate, and connect with our environment. In 2016, we revitalized a property in Craftsbury village into a community greenspace to provide a public place for creativity, education, exploration, and recreation. The 321 Community Greenspace is a space that continues to be transformed through the contributions of volunteers, local contractors, students, schools, town partners, foundations, and private donors. The 321 Greenspace features a small stream, amphitheater, sugar house, pond, wetland boardwalk, natural playground, upland meadow, and a beautiful labyrinth.
In January 2016, a two-acre property in Craftsbury Village was donated to Wonder & Wisdom. Usable materials were salvaged, a tent sale was held, and the deteriorated buildings were razed in April. Community members volunteered and contributed financial gifts of support. The Vermont Community Foundation's Green Mountain Fund and Craftsbury Community Fund provided grants.
Landscaping was completed to create a grassy common and hillside amphitheater. An observation deck and performance stage were constructed in June and July. Afterschool kids from WonderArts and students from Craftsbury Academy and Sterling College helped to clean up the property and build trails.
The greenspace is located at the south gateway to Craftsbury Village, diagonally opposite from Pete's Greens. The two-acre site is ideal for programming partnerships. Through support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council, The Art House completed a beautiful labyrinth on the east end of the greenspace, which opened in August 2016.
The new greenspace is coming alive as a venue for the arts, education, and recreation. Your support will help us realize the full vision of this property as a shared community resource.
Are you a teacher looking to incorporate the Community Greenspace into your curriculum? Four Sterling College Students created a guide/curriculum handbook for the space! Feel free to download the guide! If you would like the support of WonderArts staff please email Carol Fairbank at email@example.com or call 802.533.9370.
HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS AND PROJECTS, SOME OF WHICH ALREADY IN THE WORKS!
Utilize the grassy hillside amphitheater for music and theater (check!)
Install a sculpture garden, labyrinth, and meditative paths (we have the labyrinth!)
Complete an elevated board walk through the wetland areas (check!)
Restore the riparian stream habitat running across the site
Create a natural playground for children to explore
Establish a trail head for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
Install an edible permaculture food forest to grow and share with the community
How You Can Help
- Volunteer at the community greenspace! We have many opportunities throughout the year.
- Make a designated gift or recurring pledge to support the greenspace. Learn more on our giving page.
- Partner with WonderArts to teach a class, lead a workshop, or host a community event at the greenspace.
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