The cultural side of Cheyenne

26 Nov

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Cheyenne, Wyo., is a western town famous for its Frontier Days. It’s an old railroad town. It’s the capital city in a state that ranks 50th in population but 10th in landmass. At about 60,000 people, it’s also the largest city in the state.

Bill Lindstrom (’79 journalism & mass communication) is the executive director of Arts Cheyenne, the arts agency for the greater Cheyenne area. Arts Cheyenne provides education, arts and cultural advocacy, consulting, technical assistance, and programming through creative community partnerships.

“This is a western town – always has been,” Bill says. “But there’s more to it than that.”

In his role with Arts Cheyenne, Bill is helping the community find its identity. He’s helping city leaders look inward to understand who they are and helping people become engaged and involved with the cultural environment.

Bill and his wife, Julie (’79 journalism & mass communication and elementary education), have lived in Cheyenne for 30 years and raised two children, Jill and Ross. Bill is the former CEO of the Association of Film Commissioners International, headquartered in Cheyenne. He also runs a small business, Bevara Digital, that transfers old media to digital format.

He grew up in Elm Creek, Neb., and Shelby, Iowa. Cheyenne, he says, is perfect for its proximity and accessibility and also for its outdoor activities.

“It’s easy to live here,” he says. “You can be as creative as you want to be.”

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