about us

platte valley arts council, Inc.

Our Mission

To foster awareness of and participation in any form of the arts, with the aim of developing vibrant and cohesive communities.

Who We Are

Platte Valley Arts Council, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, established in 1993 to promote, encourage, and support all forms of the arts. Operated by a volunteer board of directors, the PVAC sets policies and implements projects and events for the general public, students, artists and its members. Our desire is to enrich the quality of life here by recognizing and promoting visual art, musical, theatrical, and dance performances, and literary works throughout the Platte Valley and the communities of Saratoga, Encampment, Riverside and Ryan Park, Wyoming.

Current Board Members
  • Shirley Hillyard, President
  • Stacy Crimmins, Vice President
  • Mary Martin, Secretary
  • Alyson Sneddon, Treasurer
  • Rachel Swanson, Board Member
  • Nancy Ford, Board Member
  • Helen Banach, Board Member
  • Kelli Gannon, Board Member
  • Open Board Position

Our Accomplishments

Platte Valley Arts Council, Inc. is well-known in the state of Wyoming for its excellence (having won the prestigious Governor’s Art Award in 1997) and fortitude. The local chamber of commerce honored the Platte Valley Arts Council as its 2022 "Organization of the Year". In September 2022, the Platte Valley Public Art Project Grand Reveal announced seven new pieces of public art by six local artists.

The renowned “Platte Valley Festival of the Arts” was produced for eighteen years and included a juried Fine Art Show, Fine Craft Show, Children’s Art Workshop, cowboy poetry, book readings, musical entertainment, artist quick draw and auction and a Patron Gala.

Each year, three scholarships are awarded to area high school students who demonstrate a life-long involvement in the Arts. The Gabe Springsteen Memorial Scholarship is named for the very first recipient of the scholarship.

Partnerships have been established with the Saratoga Middle High and Encampment High Schools, Platte Valley Community Center, the Saratoga and Grand Encampment Museums, and the Encampment Community Choir. The PVAC has also collaborated with the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce and other not-for-profit organizations in the area.

Platte valley arts council is awarded

2022 organization of the year

Each year, the Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding businesses, organizations and volunteers. Platte Valley Arts Council, Inc. is not only grateful for the nomination, but we are truly honored to receive this award. Thank you for supporting art in the Platte Valley!

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Making Art A Part of everyday life

our current projects