We are pleased to report Pura Vida for local Latinx students took place this summer and involved a variety of fun and educational activities that taught participants about the connection between art and conservation. The program occurred during the third week of July and first week of August. Several changes were made to the standard format to ensure a meaningful experience, while also protecting the health and safety of staff and participants.
As part of an adjusted format, the program was based at the Center for the Arts in Jackson and included a day spent in Grand Teton. Two high school interns mentoried participants, helped manage activities, and received stipends as compensation for their support. In total, thirteen middle school students participated and learned about how artists shaped the protection of wild lands that shape Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Activities included an educational hike on Balcktail Butte in Grand Teton, nature journaling, visits to local community parks, an art walk on Jackson’s town square, and an art project crafted at the Center for the Arts to reflect upon students' experiences throughout the weeks.
We are grateful to all of our partners who worked diligently to ensure this impactful program continues. Thank you to all of the participants and our supporters for making sure Pura Vida was once again a success!