A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stopping in at the offices of the Wickenburg Cultural Organization (WCO), where I spoke to the folks there about their building, their organization, and their mission.
Here’s some of what I learned.
The WCO was founded in 1994 as the Wickenburg Chamber Orchestra. Its founders believed that all children should have music as part of their education.
Today, the WCO, which is based in the historic Garcia Little Red School House in downtown Wickenburg, exists to enrich the cultural education of children living in rural Arizona. It does this by providing experiential music programs to elementary schools and their communities in and around Wickenburg.
To date, the WCO has done many things to achieve its goals, including arranging elementary school field trips to the Phoenix Symphony, awarding annual scholarships, providing low cost music lessons and instrument rentals, and holding summer music concerts and Holiday programs. You can learn more about their events on their Web site, www.wco.org.
The WCO is also responsible for preserving the Garcia Little Red School House. Built in 1905 on land donated by Don Ignacio Garcia, it was used as a schoolhouse for more than 20 years. It later was used as a library and a bank. In 2003, the building was donated to the WCO by the Community/Meridian Bank.
The WCO keeps the building in pristine condition, with many displays of historic artifacts. The WCO welcomes visitors — even folks who just want to come in and look around. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and can answer any question you have about the organization or the building.
The WCO is a non-profit organization that exists with the help of donors. If you love music and want to spread music appreciation among children who might not be exposed to it otherwise, call the WCO or drop by to ask them about being a donor. It’s money well spent.
Wickenburg Cultural Organization
245 North Tegner
P.O. Box 2687
Wickenburg, AZ 85358