Helena Public Art Committee Seeks New Board Member


Helena Public Art Committee Seeks New Board Member

DATE: November 2, 2011

CONTACT: Debbie Havens, Clerk of the Commission
447-8410 – dhavens@ci.helena.mt.us

DEADLINE: November 22, 2011

The City of Helena is seeking interested citizens to serve on the following board:
Public Art Committee
One artist representative to serve on the Public Art Committee. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire December 31, 2012.

This committee promotes community awareness of public art and will be involved in recommendations for providing public art in Helena. Goals and guidelines have been established to assist the committee members.
Applications are available at http://www.helenapublicarts.com/getting-involved.html [see BOARD APPLICATION FORM at the bottom of Helena Public Art Committee page] or, by calling 447-8410. The form can be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Avenue, Room 323, Helena, MT 59623 or emailed to: dhavens@ci.helena.mt.us .
The deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday,November 22, 2011.

Helena Public Art Committee Seeks New Board Member

Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios

August 27-28, 2011, 10AM-5PM

Livingston and surrounding area.

•Preview Exhibition: August 23–28

•Opening Reception: August 26 (Art Walk!)

•All at the Danforth Gallery: 106 N. Main

The Park County Friends of the Arts and the 2011 Studio Tour Committee are proud to bring you the annual Park County Studio Tour. This year the Studio Tour spotlights the personal work space of 40 artists. From painters to potters and boat builders, this is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the creative process and purchase original works of art in the private setting of artists’ studios.

The popular self-guided studio tour is held each year over two consecutive days highlighting accomplished regional artists. The tour provides a stimulating context for the public to discover the rich variety of work being produced in the Livingston area. We invite you to come meet some of the talented and renowned artists who make Montana such a creative place to live.

From barn studios in Paradise Valley to lofts in downtown Livingston and workshops outside Wilsall, see first hand how the studio setting inspires the art produced. We hope to meet you on the tour!

Learn more about the tour, tickets, prizes, and the artists:


Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios

"The Rennaissance of Mata Ortiz"

Thursday, Aug 4th, 2011, Red Lodge Clay Center in cooperation with the Red Lodge Carnegie Mellon Library will open the August Exhibition with a FREE Screening of Scott Petersen’s documentary “The Rennaissance of Mata Ortiz” on Thursday, Aug 4, showtime 7PM.

Featured Artist Marko Fields invites Mata Ortiz Potters Diego Valles, Manuel Rodriguez and Hector Gallegos to Red Lodge Clay Center.

“The potters of Mata Ortiz create contemporary works of art, often incorporating Mimbres designs shared by the Southwest, Native American cultures. With an olla as their canvas, the potters of Mata Ortiz have imprinted in them not only re-creations of ancestral symbols, but they have searched within their own spirit and creativity and have been able to conceive a unique artistic language, creative and original. They have gone through the imitation of pre-Hispanic ceramics, and have moved on to a sophisticated creation of contemporary art.” For more information on Mata Ortiz visit: http://www.mataortizcalendar.com

In conjunction with the closing reception on August 26, 2011 Red Lodge Clay Center will be proud to present a FREE Demonstration Workshop at our Fox Studios with a lecture by Diego Valles.

Artists’ Reception: Friday, August 26th, 5-7 pm
Demo Workshop: Saturday, August 27th, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 28th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Workshop will include a firing demonstration

Jill Foote-Hutton
RLCC Gallery Coordinator

"The Rennaissance of Mata Ortiz"

Montana’s Talented Youth

A friend called today to say she’d been to see the Student Art Exhibit in the State Capitol Rotunda, which we’d helped Lt. Governor Bohlinger arrange for National Arts and Humanities Month.

She mentioned one poem in particular that had struck her, and how she’ll remember it for a long time to come. I thought I should share it.

Bringing Summer to an End

The moon’s gate swings wide.
A woman steps between the open doors,
leaves falling, orange and red, at her bare feet.
Hair white as rabbit’s fur wraps her.
She reaches toward the Earth,
fingertips swirling the clouds below.
here breath chills the ground as the sky
fills with icy flakes, each a crafted star,
a gift from the moon.
Her lips, blue and frozen,
kiss the lakes and ponds.
Frost crawls across the waters.
Snow covers the mountains.

James Keller
Big Sky High School, Missoula, Grade 12

I realize I can’t share all of the poetry and the artwork
from: Signatures From the Big Sky 2010,

or the amazing array of work from local Helena schools, but I hope this small representative collection of the talent of Montana’s youth will inspire each of you to visit the rotunda before the end of October.

I offer a big thanks to all the students, teachers, parents, and schools that participated in arts and literature projects over the past year. I’d also like to thank Pearl Pallister for her artistic hand in the exhibit, Brian and Stefanie Flynn for the design and construction of the portable display units, and General Services Administration for the loan of easels and some heavy-lifting.
Montana’s Talented Youth

Where Art and Commerce Meet in the Landscape

I spent my birthday going over old stomping grounds in Missoula: walking the river, visiting my daughter [who’s attending UM],reminiscing with a good friend, and taking an exhilarating ride on her new electric bicycle
[why haven’t these caught on?], locating the perfect dinner restaurant for my celebration [yummy pappardelle, heirloom tomatoes and pecorino romano], and of course, an arts experience.

Autumn colors are arriving. Traveling the tree-lined streets of Missoula, I realized the maples are starting to glow red. Farther out on 3rd Street West, my daughter took us to the nursery where she works part-time. She said there would be more color there, along with a surprise. Even from the parking lot of Caras Nursery and Landscape Co., one can begin to understand what she meant. Rising above the potted pink roses and soaring above Amur maples, visitors can enjoy their annual “installation” sculpture garden.

Nurseryman, events organizer, and accomplished sculptor, George Ybarra gave me a tour. “This yearly event will be up through the end of October,” he offered. Artworks large and small, abstract and representational, functional pieces such as arbors and simply playful pieces are tucked artfully in among the “for sale” potted plants and permanent landscape displays. Identical sign posts tell the curious the artist’s name, and how to purchase the artwork.

Art in unusual spaces. My favorite kind of serendipity! Check it out.

Caras Nursey
2727 S 3rd ST W, Missoula, MT 59804
406-549-3242 Design and Landscaping Services
Caras Nursery and Landscape has been in business on 3rd St. since 1896

Where Art and Commerce Meet in the Landscape

Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grants

Ford Foundation Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grants, LINC, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, announces an open call for proposals to the Ford Foundation Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grant program. The grants will provide a complementary suite of material support, with access to a national learning community, as well as technical assistance.

Non-profit arts organizations with strong track records of artistic excellence, who are intending to buy, build, renovate, partner in the development of, or become anchor tenants in a vibrant artist space can apply for up to $100,000 in support of a facility project. Exemplary projects will not only result in dynamic artist space facilities, but will also function as engines of cultural equity and social change, applying innovations and best practices in artist space development that produce sustainable, affordable facilities for the continuation of artistic excellence.

LINC’s core commitment to diversity —cultural, geographic, and genre—which extends to our grantee network spanning from Massachusetts to Hawai’i, has informed the design of the Ford Foundation Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grants. We encourage a wide range of organizations with cultural facility projects in their pipelines to consider how the program can deepen their planning processes and help them to leverage a stronger position as collaborative partners with municipalities, developers, and local stakeholders, while also expanding their national network of peers.

This program has ongoing deadlines.


Research & Articles
Arts and the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate Economic Development
Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies
Artist Space Development: Making the Case
Artist Space Development: Financing
The Artistic Dividend: Urban Artistic Specialization and Economic Development Implications
Creating Artist Space: Resources for Artists, City Officials and Developers
Developing Affordable Space for Artists: A Summary of Development Projects
How Artist Space Matters: Impacts and Insights
Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists
Other Resources
ArtistLink, “Space Toolbox,” 2007Chicago Artist Resource, “Square Feet Chicago: Introduction,” 2006Toronto Artscape, “Square Feet: The Artist’s Guide to Renting and Buying Work Space,” 2001.

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Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grants