“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these things.”
George Washington Carver
WonderArts = Wonder & Wisdom + The Art House
coming together to cultivate creativity, collaboration, and conversation within our community!
The history of Wonder & Wisdom
Wonder & Wisdom was incorporated in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to inspire lives and communities of purpose and meaning by providing intentional, innovative, learning opportunities in which people of all ages discover who they are and are encouraged to realize their full potential. The first Summer Journeys Camp Program launched in 1999 and was followed by the development of an afterschool program to serve Lakeview Elementary students.
Wonder & Wisdom's monthly enrichment program for area seniors started in 2000. Currently in its 19th year of operation, Wonder & Wisdom continues to focus on directly serving, and inspiring to greater service, the children, families, and seniors of Greensboro, Craftsbury, Hardwick, Stannard, and surrounding towns.
Our staff, board, volunteers, and interns collectively spark the inspiration for our families, collaborators, and communities to seek their highest future potential. Wonder & Wisdom has been sustained through the generous support of individual donors, funders, and sponsors.
Originally, it was conceived that the children would represent the “wonder” and the seniors the “wisdom.” It is clear now that joy and wonder can be found at any age, and that wisdom is often passed between children and seniors, who have an innate ability to see clearly all that is imaginable.
The history of The Art House
In 2009, the organization’s founders saw that local arts resources were greatly limited, for Craftsbury and Northeast Kingdom communities. This group established an initial mission: to cultivate the creativity and literary interests of youth and adults in the Northeast Kingdom while supporting the local economy.
This group created “The Common Place”, an umbrella organization which connected The Art House and Stardust Books and Cafe, on Craftsbury Common. As the organization developed the scope of class offerings and community events grew. In 2010, The Common Place became its own 501(c)3 Arts Non-Profit. In 2014, the organization changed its name to The Art House.
Since 2014, The Art House has built upon it’s mission and has provided programs in-school and after school in Albany, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, and Wolcott. We have also run Summer Camps, adult enrichment classes, community projects, concerts, events, a Holiday Market, and more.