WonderArts = Wonder & Wisdom + The Art House
In the summer of 2017, Wonder & Wisdom and The Art House officially merged to become WonderArts VT and brought together over 25 collective years of serving neighboring communities. By aligning forces, WonderArts is now able to offer more diverse, expansive and recurring opportunities to the communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick and beyond. We continue to be dedicated to serving youth, adults and families through a variety of programs emphasizing whole-body wellbeing, lifelong and exploratory learning, and community connections.
Coming together to cultivate CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, AND CONVERSATION.
The History of Wonder & Wisdom
Wonder & Wisdom was incorporated in Greensboro, VT in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to inspire lives and communities of purpose and meaning by providing intentional, innovative, learning opportunities in which people of all ages discover who they are and are encouraged to realize their full potential. The first Summer Journeys Camp Program launched in 1999 and was followed by the development of an after-school program to serve Lakeview Elementary students. A monthly enrichment program for area seniors soon followed in 2000.
Originally it was conceived that the children would represent the “wonder” and the seniors the “wisdom.” It is clear now that joy and wonder can be found at any age, and that wisdom takes on many forms and is passed between people of all generations.
The History of The Art House
In 2009, the organization’s founders saw that local arts resources were greatly limited for Craftsbury and Northeast Kingdom communities. This group established an initial mission: to cultivate the creativity and literary interests of youth and adults in the Northeast Kingdom while supporting the local economy.
This group created “The Common Place”, an umbrella organization which connected The Art House and Stardust Books and Cafe in Craftsbury Common. As the organization developed, the scope of class offerings and community events grew. In 2010, The Common Place became its own 501(c)3 Arts Non-Profit and in 2014 changed its name to The Art House and expanded its mission to provide in- and after-school classes, summer camps, adult classes, and community projects and events.