the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

Emerson e-news: february 

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Help us keep the romance alive!

The Emerson serves as a place for the community to come together to celebrate, create, inspire, and learn. In 2016 alone, the Emerson was host to 714 community events! Providing such an important resource for our community is a labor of love, and with a lot of love comes a lot of wear and tear. To keep this love affair vibrant, it is now time for us to invest in new furniture for our public rental spaces.  

During the Celebration of the Arts, we raised $23,000 towards the $43,000 necessary to purchase new furniture. Help us raise $20,000 more to reach our goal!


Spring Break Art Camps 

March 13 - 17


Enrollment for Spring Break Art Camps is now open! Students will get to work on ceramics in the Frances Senska Pottery Studio half of the day and 2D/mixed media projects in the Emerson classroom the other half. Lessons will combine techniques and principles of art history in fun and creative ways!

MEGA MASTERS (ages 8-12)

MINI MASTERS (ages 4-7)

$140 Members / $175 Non-members 


Featured Exhibit


February 10 - March 17, 2017

Jessie Wilber Gallery 

This is the first time the Art.Write.Now.Tour has been housed in the state of Montana! This exhibit will feature work of student artists, grades 7-12, from around the nation who have been awarded for their excellence in fine art and writing. In 2016, nearly 320,000 students submitted original works for consideration; of these, 50 fine art and writing works were chosen to travel along with the exhibit tour.   

The Emerson is proud to host this inspiring and innovative collection of creative works by teens from across the country!   

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Celebration of the Arts 2017 

Welcome to Tuscany!  

At this year's Celebration, we welcomed more than 200 friends to share our Tuscan themed evening filled with fine dining, quick draw artists, live and silent auctions, beautiful music, and more! Our guests had a fantastic time and we were able to successfully raise vital funds to support the Emerson throughout the year. For those of you who attended, we can't thank you enough for your continued support and we hope you enjoyed the evening!   

This special evening could not have been possible without the support from our sponsors.
GRAZIE to this year's event sponsors: Emerson Board of Directors, Ressler Motors, Country Inn & Suites, Haven Interior Design, Jereco Studios, PLONK, Winslow Studio and Gallery, Audio Artisans, Barnard Construction, Co., Excalibur, Exec U Care Services, Executive Services, Gianforte Family Foundation, Jackson Hot Springs Lodge, John & Vicki Wilkinson, LUXE, Montana Party Rentals, US Bank, Wipfli LLP, A. Banks Gallery, After 5 & Weddings, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Big Sky Western Bank, D.A. Davidson, Food for Thought, Montana Doorways Plus, NorthWestern Energy, The Bay Bar & Grille

Also, a very special thank you to the Celebration of the Arts Event Committee: Alissa Banks- Event Chair, Wynn Jessup- Board President, Susan Denson-Guy, Executive Director, Erin Goff, Jane Jonas, Makenzie Lewendal, Brook Merrow, Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture Staff. An evening like this requires the engagement, time, and talents of many people and we are so grateful for your commitment to make this evening a success!

Quick Draw Artist, Ben Pease 



Quick Draw Artist, Darla Myers 
Quick Draw Artist, Troy Collins 

CLICK HERE to view more pictures from the Celebration of the Arts.
Thank you to Winslow Studio and Gallery for capturing the images!


Featured Tenant


Little Pitterpat  


Little Pitterpat has been housed in the Emerson for the past three years constructing  handmade non-slip and all fabric soft shoes for infants and toddlers. These adorable little shoes are created by hand, socially responsible, vegan, and available in a wide variety of prints that suit everyone's taste and budget.  

As told by Sheila, owner of Little Pitterpat, "After my daughter ripped through one beautiful soft sole shoe after another, I set out to find a more durable soft sole shoe. Months of searching brought no good leads, and I concluded that there was nothing on the market that was both sufficiently soft and sufficiently durable. So I decided to design my own."   


community impact 

The Emerson's 
Schools in the Gallery program served
Gallatin Valley students last year!




Wild and Scenic Film Festival Wednesday, February 8  

The festival features environmental and adventure films that Illustrate the Earth's beauty and challenges. This is a free event hosted by NRDC, Sierra Club, and Gallatin Wildlife Association.    Read More 


"Death by a Thousand Cuts"  Thursday, February 9 

The Bozeman Doc Series presents the Montana premier of this award-winning new documentary.   Read More 


"Harry and Snowman" Sunday, February 12 

This film follows the Cinderella story of a Dutch immigrant and a broken down Amish plow horse.     Read More  



Life Drawing (Ages 18+) Tuesdays 6:00PM-8:00PM January 10-March 14  

Draw from live models! Participants should provide their own drawing supplies, however a few easels and ponies are available- first come, first served. Drop ins welcome! Read More  


Art on the Rocks Series- Champagne & Paper Flowers (Age 21+) 6:30PM-8:30PM 

Our last two Art on the Rocks classes have sold out! Sign up soon so you don't miss out on this popular class offering!   Read More   


Spring Break Art Camp (Age 4-12) March 13-17

Attend a full week of art camp at the Emerson this Spring Break!  Read More  




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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