How many communities the size of Helena boast a symphony orchestra and chorale, a professionally-run community theatre, a 10-day festival of new plays, a civic performance and cultural center, an historical museum, a non-profit philosophy organization and world-class workshops and residencies in ceramic arts? And that’s just to name a few of the outstanding arts and Humanities opportunities for Helena residents and visitors to consider and explore. Helena is also home to one of the finest and most respected art museums in Montana. The Holter Museum of Art located at 12 E. Lawrence Street in downtown Helena, is dedicated to bringing the healing powers of art to all communities through unique and progressive arts programming, exhibitions, and events. The Holter opened in 1987, providing a space for the Helena community to experience contemporary art in central Montana. The museum has grown tremendously since that time, thanks to a successful capital campaign in 2002, adding 6,500 square ft. to create a dynamic 17,000 square ft. facility. The Holter Museum consists of five exhibition galleries, an education center, and a collections & research center. Offering over twenty rotating exhibitions each year, art education for all art lovers, artist residencies, lectures, receptions, and more -- the Holter is among the premier cultural centers in the region. If you would like to learn more about any of the groups listed above, become involved in their programming, attend an event or explore how the arts and humanities build community, check out holtermuseum.org, helenasymphony.org, grandstreettheatre.com, experimentaltheatrecoop.org, helenaciviccenter.com, mhs.mt.gov/Museum, merlinccc.org, and archiebray.org.