What is one word that you would use to describe 2018? For us…it is simply WOW.
As the first full calendar year of WonderArts comes to a close we are astounded by our impact, programs, partnerships, growth, and support. When we started this entity we knew it was a good (although a bit risky) decision. We never imagined that in a year we would become one of the most relevant regional community non-profits.
Over the past year, we have led over 400 activities and programs teaching all ages from 6 months to over 90. Our reach has been focused on Craftsbury and Greensboro but programs have served and brought together people from Hardwick, Wolcott, Woodbury, Albany, Standard, Johnson, Lyndonville, Glover, Newport, Montpelier, and beyond. Direct programs include preschool movement, Summer Camps, After School Creativity, NEK Kids on the Move, in school residencies, entrepreneurship talks at high schools, internships, adult classes, senior programs, in focus films, galleries at Sterling, environmental ed at the Community Greenspace, and more. All told these programs have served over 1,300 community members.
Not only are we providing relevant programs to our communities but we also work throughout the region on advocacy for the arts and rural towns. WonderArts staff are invited to speak at Vermont After School, be on the local planning commission & school boards, lend expertise to community projects, and sit on regional committees.
It is a wonder that our small yet dedicated staff (one full time director and 4 part-time staff) can do it all…but we are not alone! We are able to pull this off thanks to teaching artists & professionals, volunteers, board members, grants, business sponsors, partnering organizations, individual donors, and participants.
As we look forward to 2019 we remain dedicated to our work and are thrilled to be finishing a strategic planning process that will enable us to be sustainable, nimble, and even more impactful. We welcome you to reach out and join us for any number of our community events and classes!
Thank you for an incredible year and have a safe, fun, and joyful New Year!