the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

Emerson e-news: april   

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Give Big Gallatin Valley
May 4-5, 6PM-6PM

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who supported the Emerson during last year's Give Big Gallatin Valley day, and we hope you'll consider us once again!
This year, we are thrilled to show our support of the arts in our community by partnering with Sweet Pea and SLAM for our Give Big day activities! You can find our group Thursday evening at Montana Ale Works and Friday afternoon at the Rocking R Bar. Stay tuned for more details!

Emerson Open House & Birthday Celebration
May 12, 2017

Celebrate Spring and check out what's new at the Emerson! Enjoy live music and refreshments while you view our exhibits, visit with tenants throughout the building, and shop in Galleria Hall. We encourage all ages to come help us celebrate our 24th birthday! This year, don't miss a special announcement regarding an upcoming Emerson Celebration!

Emerson's Anniversary Logo Competition

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is preparing for a yearlong celebration! Our historic building is turning 100 and our organization is turning 25. To commemorate this special occasion, we are searching for a custom logo to compliment our current design for one year. Our purpose and mission is to serve our community through the arts and culture, and it is this community that has brought us to this milestone. What better way to involve our friends and supporters than through a logo design competition?


Kid's Summer Art Camps

Did you know the Emerson offers 30 summer art camps for children ages 4 to 12? Full and half day options are available. Campers explore diverse hands-on art projects taking inspiration from the theme for the week. A few of the week's themes include: Reptiles & Bugs, Music, Under the Sea, African Safari, Space, and more! Classes are filling up fast so sign up soon!


Featured Exhibit
Our Perspectives: Art Right Now
Through April 28, 2017
Jessie Wilber Gallery 

Our Perspectives: Art Right Now is the Emerson's first juried High School student exhibition! It is our great pleasure to showcase the creative talents of 41 students from 6 schools around southwest Montana.  The number and caliber of the submissions is a testament to the high standards set in art classrooms around the state, and it made the jurying process challenging. It is the Emerson's mission to support artists at any age, and we feel very honored to have been a part of the process.
Fairy Lake Sunrise by Lincoln Young
Wet Paint! 
It takes a great deal of work to be the stewards of this historic building. This week, the hardwood floors in our ballroom got a much needed refinishing. Our ballroom receives a tremendous amount of use, so this task is necessary every few years. Stop by and take a look (once the floor is dry!)

Stay in the Loop
There is always something happening at the Emerson! Next time you're here, make sure to check out our new information boards to stay apprized about all the Emerson has to offer! Boards are located on the first floor of the West Wing, second floor of the north hall, and outside of the Emerson's Community Outreach office on the second floor.


community impact 

Just last year,
the Emerson housed 

community nonprofit
meetings, events, & fundraisers.

Featured Tenant
tripp studio  
Tripp Studios has been located in the Emerson since 2014. Owner, Montana artist Kara Tripp, traded in her brushes for a palette knife and hasn't looked back.  She enjoys the unique markings created in the oil paint as well as the looseness the palette knife lends her work.  This technique adds a contemporary twist to her traditional subjects which include; grain elevators, ranch animals and regional landscapes.

Kara was chosen as the 2014 Sweet Pea poster artist and has received many awards for her work, including Best in Show at the Sweet Pea art show in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  She has participated in museum exhibitions as well as many solo and group exhibitions.
Tripp Studio is located in suite 111 in Galleria Hall.  


We want to hear from you! 


What is your favorite  
Emerson memory?
community@theemerson .org
and tell us about it!
Bending the Arc  
The Bozeman Doc Series presents the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary.   Read More
Meet the Hawkers

This showcase of talent from the State Champion and nationally ranked Bozeman High School Speech and Debate Team will feature performances, a raffle, and a silent auction. Admission is free.   Read More 
Caravan of GLAM
4:00, 6:00, & 9:00PM
(3 shows)

Featured on America's Got Talent, all Caravan of GLAM shows are non-stop, visually stunning, over the top, and Cirque Du Soleil! Acrobatics, Aerial, Drag, Burlesque, Circus, Fire, Live Singing, and much more can be found at any Caravan of GLAM show.   Read More
Art on the Rocks Series-
Pints & Prints

Grab some friends and enjoy a creative evening filled with step by step art instruction, socializing, and yes, cocktails!  Read More 
PIR Day Camp (Ages 4-12)
ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Busy hands are happy hands, express yourself with art! Join us at the Emerson during your time off from school to learn art fundamentals and create awesome diverse projects. All materials included. Read More
PIR Day Camp (Ages 4-12)
ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Busy hands are happy hands, express yourself with art! Join us at the Emerson during your time off from school to learn art fundamentals and create awesome diverse projects. All materials included.  Read More
CLICK HERE to view our entire events calendar!




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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