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All for one, ART for all! 
We're going BIG for Give Big Gallatin Valley! To celebrate arts & culture in Gallatin County, we have invited some of our art-loving friends to kick off Give Big! Stop by the Crawford Theater beginning at 6PM on Thursday, May 2 for great performances and to learn more about the awesome nonprofits in our community. Organizations will be taking the stage for 15 minute sets with 5 minutes between each set so stop by any time! If you can't join us in person, we'll also be streaming this event via Facebook Live.  

Bozeman Actors Theatre  

Bozeman Symphony

Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

Gallatin Art Crossing


Mountain Air Dance

Open Door Theatre

S.L.A.M. Festivals 

Sweet Pea Festival

Verge Theater


The Compassion Project

Raison D'etre Dance Project

Swamp Dawg


Spring Art Education
Our spring session is beginning soon, and we still have spots available in the following classes:
Adult Classes- Jewelry Design, Drawing Fundamentals, Acrylic Painting, and Art 101.  
Kids' Afterschool Classes- Creating with Clay and Kids' Drawing.  
To learn more or to register, call 406-587-9797 x105.

Weekly Art Education   
Did you know we have ongoing weekly classes?  
Life Drawing offers the chance to draw from nude models, in person. This class is offered Tuesdays at 6PM. Pre-registration is not required, $15 drop in fee per session.  
Little HeARTs for 2-5 year-olds is free for Emerson members (nonmembers are $5) and offered Wednesdays at 10AM. Drop ins welcome, but pre-registration is suggested to ensure your spot.  
Both classes begin for the spring session this week!

Business Before Hours  
May 2
We are thrilled to host the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce's Business Before Hours this May. Enjoy delicious food from The Coffee Pot, get some cream added to your coffee by an aerial dancer, watch an artist at work, and learn more about the Emerson! And do it all ON THE STAGE in our Crawford Theater. Members of the Chamber are free, nonmember charge is $50.    

The Compassion Project   
The Compassion Project is designed to bring the community together around compassion- what it means, how to recognize it, how to practice it, and why it is important. Upon completion of these lessons and workshops, each participant received an 8x8in wooden block to create their own artistic representation of compassion based on what they learned. The final output of this project is an installation of the 6,000+ art pieces around Bozeman! We are so excited to house approx. 4,000 of these pieces, some of which will remain on permanent install. Be sure to visit all of the installations throughout town at: Red Tractor Pizza, Sola Cafe, Fork & Spoon Cafe, and the Bozeman Public Library.  

Give Big Gallatin Valley
May 2 & 3
We have a BIG goal this year, and we need your help! Please help us raise $25,000 in just 24 hours! Here's a few ways you can GIVE BIG:
  • Stop by our All for one, ART for all showcase or  watch via Facebook Live.
  • Donate online Thursday, May 2 at 6PM through Friday, May 3 at 6PM.
  • Stop by our office and make your donation.
  • Drop by the Rocking R Bar from 11AM-3PM and get a buy one get one free drink coupon with your donation. 

Emerson Open House & Birthday Celebration
May 10
Please join us for our annual Open House & Birthday Celebration! Enjoy live music and refreshments while you view our exhibits, visit with the tenants throughout the building, and shop in Galleria Hall. We encourage kids and adults of all ages to come help us celebrate!


Garden & Home Tour 

Do you have a unique outdoor space? Do you have tricks to grow veggies in our climate? We want to hear from you! We're currently securing homes for our 22nd Annual Garden & Home Tour. Some of our favorite stops on the Tour in the past have been self-nominated so don't be shy! Or tell us about your neighbor with the green thumb! For more information, contact our Events & Membership Manager: 406-587-9797 x106 or events@theemerson.org. 

Summer Teen Internships  
We are currently looking for high school aged students who would like to enhance their leadership skills by assisting our lead teachers during Summer Art Camps! This is a great opportunity to gain a working knowledge of instruction and art making techniques. It's also a great resume builder! For more information contact our Education Curator: 406-587-9797 x104 or education@theemerson.org.   

Jewel Box Gallery    

Expect a big treat in Galleria Hall beginning in May! The "Jewel Box" will now be open on one month terms for artists of all media. This pint-sized space will feature a different artist each month so stop by often! If you are interested in exhibiting your work short-term in the Emerson's Galleria Hall, click HERE for more details and how to apply!  

 May Artist- Quill Bill Creations

Coming in May! We are so excited to welcome Bill Mendoza of Quill Bill Creations to the Jewel Box Gallery as our very first artist! Bill (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota) is an award-winning creator of high quality Northern Plains quillwork and beadwork. His work has been showcased across the Great Plains including, the Montana Historical Society and the South Dakota Governor's Biennial Art Exhibition~ "Endless Imaginations". Bill enjoys traditional arts because it is an art form that is unique and protected, while still dynamic. He is a doctoral student at Montana State University, and in his spare time continues to pursue his passion for quillwork and beadwork.  

 Echo Arts
Echo Arts is an art advising company founded by two artists, Greta and Sahra, with a passion for amplifying the outreach of artists. They streamline the process of selecting, acquiring, and placing exceptional art in public and private spaces. Greta Hagg is a painter who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA. She has most recently transitioned from gallery manager at Sun Dog to launch Echo Arts with Sahra Beaupre. Sahra is a painter and printmaker who graduated from the University of Virginia with a BFA. They are excited to be at the Emerson and to continue promoting and engaging in the arts. Sahra shared, "The Emerson is the epicenter of arts in Bozeman. The mission of the Emerson aligns with our passion for building community and promoting art. We are delighted to be a part of this historical building and community of artists."



Jessie Wilber Gallery 
What Lies Beneath  
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner  
February 8 - April 26, 2019
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner searches antique shops, thrift stores, and yard sales for embroidered linens, collecting the brightly colored flowers, foliage, and animals that appear in her work. What she cannot find she hand-stitches and mixes in with the collected embroidery. She uses the familiarity of the stitch along with seemingly lighthearted and cheerful designs to convey more serious subject matter. She often uses humor and Dick and Jane-style characters to tell her stories, and very rarely is everything quite what it seems.  

Weaver Room Gallery
The Compassion Project Installation 
Community Art Project  
April 12 - June 21, 2019  
View 4,000 representations of compassion based on what participants learned in The Compassion Project workshops. Pieces are displayed throughout the Emerson's Weaver Room, West Wing, and 2nd floor hallways.  
You can also learn more about each block!  
  • Download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play or scan this QR code.   
  • Search the block #.  
  • Read the Artist statement. 
  • Save your favorites.

Lobby Gallery
Of Dreams
Tory Elena
February 8 - April 26, 2019

"Artist; [noun] A prime specimen of the deconstructed construction of the continuously implosive explosion." -Tory Elena
Tory Elena is an artist whose work is a snapshot of visions born from her dreams of night and day. As a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and sculptor - art expands beyond a career to her very way of life. Bridging the worlds of sight and sound, Tory Elena explores synesthesia as drummer, singer, and composer in the band Sea At Last.  

All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


Prepare to be enchanted, captivated, and amazed as performers for one night only of fabulous drag performers, exhilarating acrobatics, and sensual burlesque. 
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Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
Stop by the Ballroom and stock up on fresh greens, vegetables, eggs, grains, cheese, pork, beef, honey, wool, and much more!   
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Team Dance Competition
Enjoy a full day of great dance competition as local dance studios compete in all styles of dance.  

Art on the Rocks Series- Sauvignon & Sewing (ages 21+)
Gather the friends and create a modern and beautiful fabric collage from recycled fabrics.   
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Life Drawing (ages 18+)
Draw from nude models. Artists of all ability levels welcome, participants should provide their own drawing supplies.   
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Little HeARTs (ages 2-5)
This weekly class is especially for the little ones! This class is FREE to Emerson members; nonmembers are $5 drop in fee.  
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Emerson History

The Emerson is a thriving arts and community center located a block from historic downtown Bozeman. The building was originally an elementary school built in 1918, attended by thousands of Bozeman youth before its closure in 1991.

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Support the Emerson

At the Emerson, we are grateful for the generous community support that allows us to serve as a vital arts hub in Bozeman. Over 250,000 people have come to the Emerson each year to attend performances, take classes, and participate in community events.


Volunteer with the Emerson

As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. You can get involved by becoming a docent, by helping with events, children's classes or in our office.

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the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

111 South Grand Ave.   |   Bozeman, MT   |   406.587.9797   |   office@theEmerson.org