June 9, 2016

Posted In: Press, Press Release

Snowmass Village, Colo. (June 9, 2016) — Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a premier art making destination and catalyst for critical dialogue in the contemporary art world, announces it has received a $25,000 grant from the Dresner Foundation in support of its high school scholarship program.

“The generous donation from the Dresner foundation will support young artists from low income areas of Colorado to experience all that Anderson Ranch Arts Center has to offer and will encourage them to pursue their creativity in high school and beyond,” explains Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

The Dresner grant will create scholarships for a total of nine junior and senior level high school students and three art teacher chaperones. Participants will be chosen from three regional high schools, including Coal Ridge High School in New Castle, Grand Valley High School in Parachute, and Rifle High School in Rifle.

“As in-school arts education continues to be reduced due to budget cuts and time constraints, the Dresner Foundation is proud to support Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s efforts to engage students who may not otherwise have this opportunity,” notes Lori Dresner, President of the Dresner Foundation. “They are able to work alongside artists of all levels from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art making skills and engage in meaningful dialogue about their local and global community.”

Scholarships will underwrite art-making experiences for one-week summer workshops, including all tuition costs and fees, housing, meals in the Anderson Ranch Café and art supplies. To date, this is the largest grant Anderson Ranch has received for the high school scholarship program.


About the Dresner Foundation

The Dresner Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives in profoundly positive ways through grants focused on health, youth and animal welfare. The Dresner Foundation believes in working with organizations in its focus areas to create opportunity, have community impact and promote wellbeing.

About Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Founded in 1966, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a premier destination in America for art making and critical dialogue, bringing together aspiring and internationally renowned artists to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., the Ranch hosts extensive workshops for everyday, emerging and established artists in eight disciplines, including Photography & New Media, Ceramics, Painting & Drawing, Furniture Design & Woodworking, Sculpture, Woodturning, Printmaking and Digital Fabrication. In addition to the Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, the Ranch also hosts engaging events throughout the year including: the Recognition Dinner (Thursday, July 21, 2016) honoring the National Artist Award and Service to the Arts Award recipients; the Annual Art Auction & Community Picnic (Saturday, August 6, 2016), a thirty-six-year-old tradition which features works of local, national and international artists; and the Artists-in-Residence Program, fostering artistic growth for emerging and established visual artists. In 2016 Anderson Ranch will celebrate its 50th anniversary, furthering its mission to enrich lives with art, inspiration and community. Learn more at or 970/923.3181.

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Jennifer Slaughter, [email protected], 970/923-3181




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