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Thank you for supporting the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture during this year's Give Big Gallatin Valley!   
To support the $150,000 roof restoration project, a generous donor has agreed to match all donations we receive up to $38,000. Once we complete the match, we will still need to raise an additional $28,000 to complete the project.  
We can accept donations to be used towards the $38,000 match through May 15! To complete the match, we still need to raise $3,066. Please consider a donation today to help us finish this roof project!

Emerson Open House & Birthday Celebration
May 10
The Emerson is turning 26 and we would love your help to celebrate at our annual Open House & Birthday Celebration. Enjoy live music and refreshments while you view our exhibits, visit with the tenants throughout the building, and shop in Galleria Hall. We encourage kids and adults of all ages to join us to celebrate!  

Jewel Box Gallery    

Expect a big treat this month in Galleria Hall! The "Jewel Box" will now be open on one month terms for artists of all media. This pint-sized space will feature a different artist each month so stop by often! If you are interested in exhibiting your work short-term in the Emerson's Galleria Hall, click HERE for more details and how to apply!  

Summer Teen Internship     

We have extended the deadline for internship applications! Internships are available for high school aged students who would like to be involved in the community, acquire leadership skills, build their resume, and support the Emerson! Interns will assist our lead teachers during summer camps. Camps run June 10 through August 16. Interns must apply for a minimum of 4 weeks and have availability Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm.   

Kids' Summer Camps     

The Emerson offers a variety of fun, week-long summer camps for children ages 4-12. Campers will explore diverse hands-on art art projects taking inspiration from the theme for the week. Students will also get plenty of fresh air spending the lunch hour and break times on the Emerson Lawn (weather permitting). Half day and full day options for ages 4-7; full day for ages 8-12. Camps fill up quickly so sign up soon!  

Summer Art Education      

We still have spots available in our summer art education classes for teens and adults. Classes offered this session include: Oil Painting, Art 101, and Drawing Fundamentals. We also offer Life Drawing on a drop in basis weekly. Or if you can't make it for a weekly class, try one of the classes in our Art on the Rocks Series!  

 May Artist- Quill Bill Creations

We are so excited to welcome Bill Mendoza of Quill Bill Creations to the Jewel Box Gallery as our very first artist! Bill (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota) is an award-winning creator of high quality Northern Plains quillwork and beadwork. His work has been showcased across the Great Plains including, the Montana Historical Society and the South Dakota Governor's Biennial Art Exhibition~ "Endless Imaginations". Bill enjoys traditional arts because it is an art form that is unique and protected, while still dynamic. He is a doctoral student at Montana State University, and in his spare time continues to pursue his passion for quillwork and beadwork.  

 The Dance Center
Ballerinas have been filling the halls of the Emerson for more than a decade, thanks to The Dance Center. TDC offers classes ranging from My First Dance Class to Advanced Level. Their advanced students have attended prestigious summer programs which include American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet Theatre, Joffrey in San Francisco and NYC, and the Bolshoi in Moscow. On May 18 at 5pm in our Crawford Theater, The Dance Center will have their Spring Performance- no tickets necessary, free & open to the public.



Jessie Wilber Gallery 
Stone Sage Sheep  
Zuzanna Karczewska   
May 10 - July 5, 2019
Zuzanna Karczewska's work focuses on the various dimensions of place. She creates abstract, organic forms which appear to be living, breathing organisms. She uses local wool, plant dyes, stones, sticks, water, and heat to create unique works actually made of the landscape rather than just a representation. The color, energy, and texture of these pieces ground them to the environment while the process of felting and the use of local materials expand upon the concept of place. Looking at them for the first time, you can hear yourself thinking "What are these things!?", "Where do they come from?", "Have I seen them in nature before?". Come see, and decipher for yourself.

Weaver Room Gallery
The Compassion Project - Installation 
Community Art Project  
April 12 - June 21, 2019  
View 4,000 representations of compassion based on what participants learned in The Compassion Project workshops. Pieces are displayed throughout the Emerson's Weaver Room, West Wing, and 2nd floor hallways.  
You can also learn more about each block!  
  • Download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play or scan this QR code.   
  • Search the block #.  
  • Read the Artist statement. 
  • Save your favorites.

Lobby Gallery
The Compassion Project - Partner Artists
May 10 - June 28, 2019

The Partner Artist program is designed to support and empower local artists in the Gallatin Valley by commissioning artwork that celebrates, honors, describes, or envisions compassion as a quality and or other presernce in our community. These works will be auctioned off at the June 14 Art Walk in support of the Emerson. 

Please join us for the opening reception in conjunction with our Open House & Birthday Celebration!
Friday, May 7, 5-8pm

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


The River and the Wall
Join Director Ben Masters, Executive Producer Cindy Meehl, and the crew for this film's premier. The River and the Wall is from the creative team behind award-winning film "Unbranded" 
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Hunting Film Tour
Join the Wild Sheep Foundation as they host the Hunting Film Tour. All proceeds from the night will help put and keep wild sheep on the mountain.   
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Justus Entertainment Group: Saved by the Comedy
A 90's throwback comedy show that's all that and a bag of chips!  

Life Drawing (ages 18+)
Draw from nude models. Artists of all ability levels welcome, participants should provide their own drawing supplies.     
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Little HeARTs (ages 2-5)
Each week the instructor will present a project using different themes and materials for you and your child to work on together. FREE for Emerson members; nonmembers are $5 drop in fee.    
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Art On The Rocks - White Claw & Weaving (ages 21+)
Hand-weave a decorative wall hanging with yarn while sipping White Claw. 
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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