What is Jackson Hole’s cultural scene like?

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For an area its size — about 13,000 year-round residents — Jackson Hole showcases quite a rich cultural scene. For seven weeks every summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival performs chamber and symphony concerts at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. While in the fall, the two-week-long Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival draws artists and collectors from across the country for exhibits, sales, a design conference, food events and even an art auction.

The rest of the year, the heart of Jackson Hole’s art scene is the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The museum has a 4,000-piece permanent collection that includes works from John J. Audubon to Picasso. While wildlife and western-themed art do rule both at the NMWA and in Jackson Hole as a whole, don’t expect just boring and predictable landscapes and animals at the NMWA. Recent exhibits include Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild; Collection Spotlight: Rembrandt Bugatti and the Antwerp School; A Change of Seasons: Wildlife in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter; and, perhaps most popular in recent times, Wild New Ways: Maurice Sendak’s Animal Kingdom.

The Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, in downtown Jackson, is home to 15 local, state and regional not-for-profit arts organizations, a performing arts pavilion with a 500-seat theater, a Music Center, and theater rehearsal space.

The Center for the Arts schedule is constantly changing. If you’re looking for a gallery show, music concert, special screening of a movie, a ceramics master class or a dance performance, you should check out the Center for the Arts first. Sometimes performers are local, other times they’re the New York City Ballet.

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