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Arts Cheyenne releases report on Arts and Aviation Center prospects

Former Cheyenne Regional Airport terminal (Arts Cheyenne Charette Report)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The future of Cheyenne’s former historic airport terminal is taking flight toward becoming a vibrant arts and culture center, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Cheyenne Regional Airport Board and Arts Cheyenne, fueled by an NEA Our Town Grant.

The Charrette Report, now available to the public, showcases the community’s response and valuable input.

In an exciting development for Cheyenne’s cultural landscape, Arts Cheyenne secured an NEA Our Town Grant in 2023, aimed at reimagining the 1961 Airport Terminal. This design grant is set to update various studies and assess the feasibility of transforming the structure into a center for arts and culture as well as an aviation museum, according to an Arts Cheyenne press release.

2023 marked a pivotal year for the project, with Arts Cheyenne engaging the community through an open house and a public survey to gather feedback on the terminal’s potential reuse. Following this, a Charrette brought together stakeholders, including the Airport Board, city and county representatives and members of the arts and culture community, to refine ideas for the project.

Cheryl Bean, steering committee co-chair, expressed excitement over the community’s support.

“The positive response from the community has certainly been encouraging. … The former terminal is an amazing example of mid-century modern architecture,” Bean stated.

One floor plan option from the Charrette Report. (Arts Cheyenne Charrette Report)

What’s Next: Looking Forward to More Engagement

With the Charrette Report in hand, the Arts & Aviation steering committee, comprising experts from various fields, is planning further community outreach this spring and summer. They are currently hunting down new grants to move the project forward.

For those interested in learning more or participating in the project’s next phases, details are available on Arts Cheyenne’s website. This initiative represents a significant step toward enhancing Cheyenne’s cultural offerings and preserving its architectural heritage.