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50 States of Public Art: ArtsCheyenne’s monthly Artwalk through downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming

Susan Love's mural Wyoming Home shows horses in outline racing across a background of reds, tans, and blues.

Wyoming Home by Susan Love. Featured in the August 2018 artwalk through downtown Cheyenne. (Photo source: Arts Cheyenne website)

Public art is everywhere, and this is the season for getting out and viewing it. This week I’ve been reading Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth. The book is partially set in 1876 Wyoming — the Wild West at the height of the golden age of fossil hunting. So naturally, I was curious to see what the public art scene looked like in Cheyenne, Wyoming today.

ArtsCheyenne’s monthly Artwalk through downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming

Title: Wyoming Home

Artist: Susan Love

Location: Featured in the August 2018 artwalk through downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Photo Source: Cheyenne Artwalk website

Associated Public Art Project:

Every second Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m., Arts Cheyenne hosts an artwalk through downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. The regional artists featured on the walk vary from month to month, but the venues remain fairly constant. Each art gallery, business, and restaurant who participates in the walk showcases a different local or regional artist. Most provide light food, beverages, and music to enliven the experience as well.

Want to see the public art scene in Cheyenne, Wyoming yourself?

Participating in the walk is easy. Browse the list of participating venues on the Arts Cheyenne’s website and pick a starting spot. Or hop on the Visit Cheyenne trolley. The trolley stops at each location on the tour, making the artwalk accessible for guests of all ages.

The next artwalk is scheduled for September 13, 2018.

Want to go, but need help selling it to your kids?  

The fact that public art is installed in public spaces creates all sorts of opportunities for family fun. Pack a picnic lunch, and pair the outing with a trip to a nearby park or playground. If you have one, consider bringing your dog.

Don’t have time for a full-fledged outing? Challenge your kids to keep their eyes open while you are out and about doing something else. I bet they (or you) will spot something interesting on your next walk, bike ride, or errand run.

My book, What’s That, Mom?: How to use public art to engage your children with the world around them… without being an artist yourself, is full of tips like these for making public art sightings fun for your entire family.

What’s That, Mom? provides 15 accessible, practical strategies for using public art to spark conversations with children between the ages of 3 and 10 — no artistic talent or insight required. What’s That, Mom? is available at Bookshop.org and Amazon. There’s even a journal to go with it so that your kids can sketch their favorite works of art and you can record your favorite moments from your outing.

NOTE: The above paragraph contains affiliate links to Bookshop.org, an online bookstore that provides financial support to local, independent bookstores. At the time I wrote this post, Bookshop.org had already raised $12.8m for local bookstores. If you use the link in the previous paragraph to purchase my book on Bookshop.org, I’ll earn a commission on your book purchase, as will your preferred independent bookshop. You can also find my book in the new Caterpickles BookstoreRegardless of whether you use my links or visit the Caterpickles Bookstore, thank you for spending part of your day reading Caterpickles. Learn more about Affiliate Links, the Caterpickles Bookstore, and why I decided to become a Bookshop.org Affiliate.

Happy public art hunting!

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