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Lunch on the Lawn
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 22
11:30AM - 1:30PM   

We're thrilled to be kicking off our first Lunch on the Lawn season on OUR new Emerson Lawn! We hope you'll join us to rediscover this favorite Bozeman tradition. Enjoy free live music, local food, kids' activities, and sunshine! 
July 11 - Sharon and the Nomads
July 18 - Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco
July 25 - The Beautifully Broken
August 1 - John Swendseid Quartet
August 8 - Kate & the AlleyKats
August 15 - Bridger Trio
August 22 - The Dead Yellers


Art Walks at the Emerson
July 13, 2018

Kick off your Art Walk evening at the Emerson! Our galleries and shops will be open at 5:00, one hour before other participating Art Walk galleries, with snacks and refreshments. 

Also, our new exhibit Opening Reception will take place in conjunction with the July Art Walk. Come jam in our Jessie Wilber Gallery during this special reception! We invite everyone to PLAY these works of ART. Join us for a unique visual and audible experience!

Garden & Home Tour
July 27 & 28   

Need inspiration to tackle a summertime project? Mark your calendars for our 21st Annual Garden & Home Tour! T his year you will enjoy an insider's peek at some of the community's most innovative downtown Bozeman gardens. Be inspired by artists, musicians, and guest lectures in select gardens.  Tickets will be available for purchase starting July 9th at the Emerson, Heyday, Cashman Nursery, and both locations of Owenhouse Ace Hardware.

Kids' Summer Camps
We still have space left in a few of our 1/2 day camps for 4-7 year olds! Campers will explore diverse hands-on art projects taking inspiration from the theme for the week and get plenty of fresh air on the Emerson Lawn. For more information or to register, call (406)587-9797 ext. 104.


Field Day
September 15   

As a tribute to our schoolhouse roots and to celebrate the Emerson Lawn purchase, we are so excited to announce our new event, Field Day! Remember field day from elementary school? It just gets better with age! Start gathering your team of 4-6 people for a day of traditional field day activities, music, drinks, and ACTION! Registration opens August 1. Funds raised from Field Day will support the purchase, improvement, and maintenance of the Emerson Lawn. 




As of June 1, the  Emerson Lawn is officially ours! We are humbled by the outpouring of community support to preserve this special space. Thank you for making it happen! While the property sale is completed, we still need your help! Please consider a  donation to support the purchase, improvement, and maintenance of the Emerson Lawn! 



Molly Caro May is a writer whose work explores body, place, and the foreign. Molly offers a variety of writing workshops from her Emerson studio and across the country. Also, she works one-on-one with anyone who has an urge to put a story on paper. In all of this work, her focus is on process as a tool for deepening knowledge of self and society. Molly grew up in five countries, attended Middlebury College and now makes a home in Bozeman with her husband and two daughters. Molly recently moved into a new studio in the Emerson and shared, "The aliveness of The Emerson is palpable.  During the last four years, I've had a studio on the second floor and I relish the sensory experience when teaching, often in the evening, hearing the sounds of ballet dancers and violin and the delicious smells of the Emerson Grill wafting up. I wanted to have my studio in a place with a constant and vibrant buzz." 



Jessie Wilber Gallery
Beau Theige's Custom Guitars  
July 13 - August 3, 2018
"Diddly Bo" by Beau Theige
Beau Theige's interest in guitar making came from his appreciation for craftsmanship. As an oil field and ranch worker, Beau understands the importance working with your hands to create a solid, working foundation. As an artist, he flourishes in his ability to find beauty and use in discarded objects. Utilitarian, antiques and plain old junk are all integrated into his hand-crafted, operative guitars. The mix of form, function and use of upcycled materials come together to create this one-of-a-kind exhibit. These guitars are meant to be handled and played so come by the Emerson to see and hear for yourself! 
Come jam during the opening Reception on July 13 from 5 - 8 PM. We invite ALL guitar players to stop in and PLAY these works of ART. Join us for a visual and audible experience you're sure to remember! 

Lobby Gallery
Dragged Through the Collective by Keith VanDePol
July 13 - August 31, 2018 
"Another Day at the Beach" by Keith VanDePol
" A painting is the culmination of the artist sifting and sorting the elements available to him and applying these to the completion of the work. As it comes to life, and nears the finish line, it is 'Dragged through the Collective' where all these elements are called into play. A painting is also, I believe, the most successful when it becomes itself. It ceases to represent anything at all except its presence." - Keith VanDePol


Weaver Room Gallery
Works on Paper by  Sukha   Worob  
June 29 - August 24, 2018 
"Scrolls" by Sukha Worob

This show is an intermingling of foundational elements. Different bodies of works on paper are combined in their various formats to share in a conversation. The show is intended to explore the base elements of visual communication with written communication. Large scale scrolls and grid works will all be on display for the viewer to enjoy.  " As our methods of communication and interaction change and develop, we are presented with the choice to lose ourselves in the noise and broadcast habit of a contemporary culture or allow our connections to become meaningful and add new dimension and a sense of belonging to our lives." - Sukha Worob
All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


Live Kirtan with Mata Mandir
Come join sacred chant specialist and Naad Yogi, Mata Mandir Singh for an acoustic mantra concert. The evening will include songs in English, and sacred mantras, encompassing the teaching of Yogi Bhajan, Kabir, and Guru Nanak.
Lunch on the Lawn
Enjoy sunshine, tunes from Sharon and the Nomads, and tasty food at our first Lunch on the Lawn of the season!
Opening Reception and Art Walk
Our Opening Exhibit Reception will be held in conjunction with the July Art Walk. Check out our new exhibits to start off your summer.

Art on the Rocks Series- Champagne & Clay (ages 21+)
Celebrate America's birthday by creating a functional mug or pint glass from clay! Grab some friends and enjoy a creative evening filled with step-by-step art instruction, socializing, and champs!
Summer Life Drawing
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels are welcome. No preregistration necessary and participants should provide their own drawings supplies. Please note, there will be no Life Drawing class July 3.
Art on the Rocks Series- Brews & Tunes (ages 21+)
Enjoy a beer while creating a musical instrument out of recycled materials.




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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