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Happy New Year!

We're gearing up for the annual Celebration of the Arts which takes place in two weeks. It's our biggest fundraiser of the year and directly benefits our
Cultural Arts Center and the programs and classes we are able to provide the community. Read more about Celebration of the Arts: Scotland below, and stop by soon and visit the Jessie Wilber Gallery now through January 24th to see our Celebration of the Arts Exhibit featuring over 20 local artists.

We have some winter classes still open -- check our calendar below to see what's available. We are also in search of docents! If you are passionate about promoting the arts, read on for more information about how to apply.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the new decade,
Susan, Renée, Alissa, Erik, Mike, Tamara, & Mira

Coming up at the Emerson

Celebration of the Arts
F riday, January 24  | 6pm
Dust off your tartan and kilts and join us for the Emerson's biggest fundraiser of the year! The Celebration of the Arts is bringing the lively culture of Scotland to the Emerson with our very own version of a "Burns Nicht Feast." We'll have bagpipers, a haggis ceremony, and a silent and live  auction including artwork from more than 50 Montana artists, generous gift baskets from local businesses, and the trip of a lifetime to Scotland!

Attendees: we have switched to an online bidding program, Auctria, to ease your bidding experience. Please come  with your smartphone fully charged. We will have a few kiosks available for those without smartphones.
For more information about becoming a part of Celebration of the Arts, visit us at (406)587-9797 ext. 106 or events@theEmerson.org.

 Winter Enrollment is Open    

There's Still Time to Register for Select Winter Classes!
Here's a list of our open youth and adults winter classes that still have spots! For further detail visit  Youth Classes and 
Adult & Teen Classes. Hope to see you there!

A variety of flexible youth-oriented beginner at classes fro ceramics to mixed media.
  • STUDIO KIDS: Ages 5 - 13 
  • CREATING WITH CLAY: Ages 5 - 13 
  • PIR DAYS: Ages 4 - 12 
  • SPRING BREAK ART CAMP: Ages 4 - 12 
  • LITTLE HeARTs: Ages 2 - 5  
Beginning and intermediate classes for adults and teens.
  • JEWELRY DESIGN: Ages 14+ 
  • ACRYLIC PAINTING: Ages 14+  
  • LIFE DRAWING: Ages 18+  
  • ART ON THE ROCKS: Ages 21+   

January Artist - Becca Joy

Becca Joy's pieces  generally consist of two pieces, developed simultaneously and grouped in relation to each other, exploring the relationship of identity by comparison. How does color, shape, or structure change the meaning of another, how does grouping, broaden our understanding of something or diminish its value? How is comparing and contrasting beneficial, and how is it destructive, can we find value in something based solely upon itself? How do we take this regulatory state and separate ourselves from it? Are just a few of the questions she hopes you will ponder while visiting her gallery.

Check out Becca's work at the Jewel Box Gallery through the month of January.

 The World Language Initiative

The World Language Initiative - Montana  and our team of over 30 world language educators, were thrilled to be able to join The Emerson Cultural Center community this year! In addition to our After-School k-5 World Language Program,  WLI-MT is now offering weekly evening Adult World Language Classes in Spanish, French, Arabic, German and Mandarin Chinese  in partnership with long-time Emerson member, Brigitte Morris of École Française (formerly Alliance Française). Starting in February, we'll also be offering a Thursday Spanish-Immersion Class for grades 4-8, taught by our Lead Coach/Mentor & 2019 Montana Language Teacher of the Year, Kristen Wolf. Our shared World Language and Culture Emerson office/teaching space is in Room 202. Come visit us and learn more about our organization and mission around world language and culture learning! We love sharing our passion for language and culture with our community and look forward to celebrating a multicultural Bozeman and language learning with you! Visit and learn more about us at  wlimt.org.

  Become a Docent!

The Emerson's Schools and Seniors in the Gallery Program is an education outreach program designed to engage and inspire. We provide FREE tours to connect our community to culturally diverse art exhibits.  

Following the tour, an optional, hands-on art project is provided at $1/ participant. This project features similar materials, techniques and themes presented in the current exhibit. 
Volunteer docents are the heart of this program! We need YOU to share your passion for the arts with our community.

WHO: Volunteer docents to lead exhibit tours and hands-on art projects
WHAT: Spring Schools and Seniors in the Gallery Program 
WHEN: February - April, 2019 - Schedules vary based upon your availability! Training session held the week of February 11. Time and date to be announced.  
WHERE: Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture's Jessie Wilber Gallery 

To learn more about this spring's program, or to sign up for the training please contact the office of the Education Curator:  education@theEmerson.org, 406-587-9797 x 104.



Jessie Wilber  
Celebration of the Arts Exhibit and Silent Auction  
December 13, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Featuring work by: Chris Autio, Carol Barmore, Joanne Berghold, June Billings Safford, Laura Blue Palmer, Kathy Burk, Shakinah Brzezinski, Roger Cruwys, Josh DeWeese, Jim Dick, Kelsey Dzintars, Scott Fabritz, Craig Hergert, Jim Howard, Justin Hsu, Kirstin Kainz, Marsha Karle, Duncan Kippen, Tara Moore, Darla Myers, Mike O'Connell, Kara Tripp, Marcia Wendel, Rod Zullo

This mixed-media, juried group show is a collection of work by local artists who generously donated to our annual fundraiser, The Celebration of the Arts. Take a sneak peek at these amazing original creations available for silent auction beginning at Art Walk on December 13 through the night of the event, January 24. Take home an original piece of art you will cherish for a life-time while supporting local artists and the Emerson in the process!

Lobby Gallery  
December 13, 2019 - January 24, 2020
To compliment The Celebration of the Arts' cultural theme for 2020, Scotland, we are exhibiting work by local photographer and ancestral Scotsman, Mark MacLeod. His months long pilgrimage back to the motherland to visit the home of his Grandparents was the trip of a lifetime. MacLeod took hundreds of images that are not only visually stunning but captured the personal, heartfelt connection he has with this country. 
Weaver Room Gallery
From the Front to the Plains  
Photography by Craig Hergert of Montana Panoramic 
December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Since 1997, Craig Hergert has been photographing the vast landscapes, mountain ranges, rivers, parks, towns, wildlife, hunting and fishing from all over the great state of Montana. Montana Panoramic has grown to thousands of images, and continues to grow each day. Mr. Hergert's work is currently on display in several art galleries and businesses throughout Montana, including his studio & gallery in Bozeman, and in private collections all over the world .   

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



Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
Every Sat | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The Emerson invites you to roam the rich cultural heritage of Scotland during Celebration of the Arts, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Join us for an evening of fine art, entertainment, I've and silent auctions, and delicious dining in support of the Emerson.


Deer 139 Film SCREENINg

Sat Jan. 11 | 6 - 9pm
Join Artemis and New Year's Bash and bring 2020 in right! We'll be screening the new film "Deer 139", an epic story of adventure and migration that follows University of Wyoming research scientist Sam Dwinnell and two friends as they hike, ski, and packraft a mule deer's migration path for 85 miles through western Wyoming.


    Celebration of the
     Fri., Jan. 24 | 6:30pm
The Emerson invites you to roam the rich cultural heritage of Scotland during Celebration of the Arts, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Join us for an evening of fine art, entertainment, I've and silent auctions, and delicious dining in support of the Emerson.




     Life Drawing
Tuesdays| 6 - 8pm
Ages 18+ 
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels welcome. and materials.
Members: FREE
Non-members: $5  
10 prepaid sessions*:
$100 / Members
$150 Non-Members    
* Good for 1 year from date of purchase. 
Drop in fee: $15/per session 
check preferred

    Studio Kids Classes
Session 1: Painting
After school art class series of classes exploring mediums such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic.
Ages 5-8:
M & W | 4 - 5:30pm
(1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/22) 
Ages 9-13:
T & Th |4 - 5:30pm
(1/14, 1/16, 1/21, 1/23)
$75 members 
$80 non members 



       Jewelry Design
Mondays, January 13 - March 2, 9:30am - 12pm
Try your hand at jewelry design during this eight-week basics course. The instructor will review various design elements each week using different metals and tools. Projects will focus on techniques primarily in etching and piercing metals. Students will create multiple, wearable pieces of art! *This class does not cover welding or high fire processes.

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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