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New and exciting
The Emerson's Crawford Theater
... has a new projector! 
We're excited to to announce the installation of our new projector! The Barco D-Cinema Projector is the first projector in downtown Bozeman to have ADA additions installed! It features a USL IR system, which grants us the ability to provide a Closed Captioning system for the Hearing Impaired, as well as Visual Narrative devises for the Visually Impaired. This technology enables us to better serve our entire community.

The projector is a perfect complement to the Theater's existing Dolby surround sound, large seating capacity, comfortable chairs, and an excellent downtown location.

Over 33 different organizations bring more than 50 films to the Emerson annually. These organizations include the Bozeman Documentary Series/Devolution Films, Teton Gravity Research, World Board Ski Films, Patagonia, Element Film Festival, Friends of Hyalite, and the Sierra Club, just to name a few.

We cant wait to get these boxes unpacked!
Upcoming events

Fall Class Registration Opens
Monday, August 8, 2016 

It's almost time for registration for Fall 2016 classes! Whether you're looking for a class or camp for your child, or wanting to express yourself a little more creatively, the Emerson has a class you're sure to love! Ceramics, Mixed Media Painting, Life Drawing, and Jewelry Design are just a few of the many offerings the Emerson has for the fall. See you in the studio!  


Emerson's 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 19th, 2016 - 9:00am-4:00pm  

The Emerson's Holiday Bazaar is a celebration of local and regional artists. The show is a fundraiser for the historical Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in downtown Bozeman. We're now taking applications! Exhibitors may only display original, hand-made fine art and distinctive crafts. Limited booth spaces are available. Applications are given priority based on upon timelines of entry, originality, quality, creativity, and craftsmanship. To receive an application complete with event information and requirements, please email  

Lunch on the Lawn
Wednesdays, August 3-August 17 
A summertime tradition, this popular community event features live music as well as kids' activities such as face painting, art projects, and games.  Read More 
Art Walk
Friday, August 12
The Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson Center host summer Art Walks the second Friday of every month. Check out beautiful works of art, and mingle with the community!  Read More 
Reckless Kelly
Thursday, August 18 
Country group Reckless Kelly takes the stage in the Emerson Crawford Theater. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Read More 
Art on the Rocks Series - Whiskey and Wire Sculpture (Ages 21+)
Thursday, August 4 
Always enjoyed viewing wire sculptures? Learn how to create your own, and enjoy a signature whiskey cocktail at the same time!   Read More 
Fall Class Registration Begins
Monday, August 8 
Keep an eye on the website to register for the Emerson's fall classes! Whether you're inspired by clay, paint, pencils, or something else entirely, the Emerson has a class for you!  Read More
Art on the Rocks Series - Pinot & Plein Air (Ages 21+)
Thursday, August 18 
Fresh air, painting, and wine combine to produce a wine and painting class like you've never experienced! Learn a whole new take on painting, and a new way to view the great outdoors!  Read More 
Recent Events
Garden & Home Tour 
July 29-30, 2016 
Thank you Bozeman, for another successful Garden and Home Tour! We couldn't pull these tours off without the support of the Bozeman community, the amazing gardeners who opened their gardens and homes to the public to tour, and our fantastic sponsors!

The 19th Annual Garden & Home Tour featured eight gardens, ranging from backyard gardens to commercial farms to transformed landscapes. Musicians and artists performed in select gardens, and three of the gardens hosted mini-lectures from gardening professionals. After such a great event, we cant wait until next year! 

Featured Exhibit
July 8-September 2, 2016

Jessie Wilber Gallery on the Emerson's 1st Floor 
Like early twentieth century illustrators McConnell derives much of his imagery from photographic sources. He is particularly drawn to classic black and white western movies like My Darling Clementine and Red River. A number of distinct series are included in this exhibition of works dating from 2014 to the present. The Olympia Series features competitive divers from...  Read More 

Featured Tenant


Kelley J. Sullivan 


Kelley J. Sullivan has been an Emerson tenant since 2015, with a painting studio located on the second floor of the West Wing. We're thrilled to have her presence in the building, providing a powerful energy that stems from her art and her creative process. Her artwork will be featured on the new 2016-2017 Tenant Directory. Kelley is a mixed media painter and a native of Bozeman, Montana, who carries a strong belief that art should evoke a powerful response, with feelings deeply personal to each viewer.  

Kelley revels in the organic movement of paint. Working with few preconceptions, she lets the medium decide much of its own path. With nature as the heart of her inspiration, she creates an emotional landscape by building layer upon layer. Techniques include dipping, soaking, and drenching the canvas in water after each application of paint until images emerge.  

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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   |