A Celebration at Ucross

Ucross Founder Raymond Plank speaks to a crowd Saturday at the Ucross Foundation.
Ucross Founder Raymond Plank speaks to a crowd Saturday at the Ucross Foundation.
Ucross Founder Raymond Plank speaks to a crowd Saturday at the Ucross Foundation.
Ucross Founder Raymond Plank speaks to a crowd Saturday at the Ucross Foundation.
A Celebration at Ucross

The Ucross Foundation held an Arbor Day Celebration over the weekend that included an early birthday party for the founder of Ucross, and a special book signing. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the story.


Soon to be 90-year-old Raymond Plank founded the Ucross Foundation in 1981 to offer aspiring artists a place to work on their skill, in a setting that has been described as “uninterrupted time”. Some thirty years later, the Ucross Foundation has hosted over 1,300 artists from far and wide. Saturday, the Ucross Foundation celebrated Arbor Day and Clark's 90th birthday with an event at the Ucross Museum and Library.

I had the opportunity to speak with Plank following the festivities to ask him one simple question, what inspired him to start the Ucross Foundation.

Along with being the founder of the Ucross Foundation, Plank also founded the Apache Corporation and the Fund for Teachers. The event conclude with Plank signing copies of his soon to be released book entitled “A Small Difference”.

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