Nestled in the Bighorns is a treasure trove of arts and cultural opportunities, where world-renowned artists showcase their work and novice creators find inspiration.

Sheridan County’s resources are unique because of their sustainability.

“Many communities have vibrant art and cultural scenes in the U.S., but few communities have the financial support that Sheridan has due to benevolent persons and educational foundations in our community, and in Sheridan County,” said Roy Garber, president of Whitney Benefits, an educational foundation created by the late Edward A. Whitney.

Whitney died a century ago in 1918, so Whitney Benefits marked the occasion by holding a celebration at Sheridan College, announcing a gift of $11,369,000 to the college.

“The gift is to support faculty in several academic areas including agriculture, machine tool technology, welding technology, diesel technology, general and visual arts, the CNA program and music,” Garber said. “These programs, including the general and visual art programs, were all selected as potential growth areas, and align with local and regional economic development priorities.”

The Edward A. Whitney Gallery at Sheridan College is located in the Whitney Center for the Arts on the Sheridan College campus. Programming in visual arts, music, dance and theater are also housed within the Whitney Center for the Arts, with regular shows available to the public.

In addition to the educational work in perpetuity by Whitney Foundation, Sheridan County is home to a vibrant arts community.

These opportunities include, but are not limited to:

• The Brinton Museum, which presents 19th through 21st century Western and American Indian Art in an ideal setting;

• The WYO Performing Arts and Education Center, which has brought countless hours of live entertainment, cultural enrichment and educational opportunities to the greater Sheridan community;

• SAGE Community Arts, which holds the mission to inspire and build community through the visual arts;

• Jentel Foundation, which offers a supportive environment for artists to further their creative development;

• and the Ucross Foundation, which aims to foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations and the experience of the majestic high plains while serving as a steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch.