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Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts Centers

Mission: The Emerson's mission is to build community by promoting art and culture, set in a historic building.

Results: The Emerson builds Community through the Arts and Culture. Since being founded in 1993 the Emerson has become the arts and culture hub in southwest Montana. We currently host 250,000 visitors annually including 1,500 students that participate in our Schools in the Gallery program. We house 54 arts and culture related tenants in our building. Additionally we provide three venues for public use - the 750 seat Crawford Theater, Ballroom, and the Weaver Room Gallery. We host approximately 675 events annually in these three spaces. The events range from community meetings to internationally known performers.

Target demographics: engage our community in Arts and Culture

Geographic areas served: southwest Montana

Programs: 18 curated exhibits in our three gallery spaces including our Schools in the Gallery program which hosts approximately 1,500 students annually, year round art education for all ages, affordable gallery/studio space for 54 Arts/Culture related tenants, summer concert series - Lunch on the Lawn, and three beautiful spaces for public events (Crawford Theater, Ballroom, and the Weaver Room Gallery).

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Emerson Center here in Bozeman is a great addition to the community as it is place where one can partake in an array of events and activities. From art and cooking classes to concerts, dances, exhibits and more-there is always something for everyone to enjoy. The staff members are organized, professional, and a pleasure to work with while ensuring that all events are a huge success.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emerson Center For The Arts & Culture is a fun and exciting hub of diverse local events right in the heart of downtown Bozeman. We love watching concerts, going to dances, seeing the new art exhibits, and eating dinner under the trees. Thank you to everyone who works hard to keep the Emerson great!

Brett Potter, AIA LEED AP

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Emerson has long served the Bozeman community and surrounding environs as a home for a diverse array of artists & artisans and activities & programs that provide a robust representation of art in a lively and engaging environment. From the galleries to the studios, from the lawn to the ballroom and the theater, The Emerson is a gem without which Bozeman would shine less brightly and every citizen and visitor would be shortchanged. No town should be without one!

Jerry Pape

3 Rob E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed the Emerson for years as an observer, but just recently had the opportunity to assist in their Human Foosball Fundraiser this summer. Once behind the curtain of their operations, I was thrilled to see a highly efficient organization completely engaged in the betterment of Bozeman. The entirety of their staff are truly energized and a pleasure to work with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As we are fairly new to the Bozeman area, we are very impressed by all that the Emmerson does for its community! We've enjoyed some of the many unique, cultural events they have sponsored and have found it to be a way of meeting many interesting and talented people! A big Thank You to The Emmerson for all their time and effort they put into making Bozeman a very special community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is always something to see or celebrate at the Emerson- whether you're there for a show, a yoga class, visiting an artist, etc. The beautiful old school building adds charm to every occasion that happens at the Emerson. I am thankful for the Emerson's art education programming for kids (and adults too!) to keep everyone's creative minds at work. Thank you Emerson!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Emerson is THE home for Arts and Culture in Bozeman, MT. The quality and variety of artist tenants is a beautiful reflection of the art community in Bozeman, the art programs and classes are ever changing and accessible to all. The Emerson's theater is a wonderful place to see live performances, and it's ballroom houses fun and interesting events, fundraisers, weddings, parties and markets. I love the Emerson!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am new to Bozeman and took the Art on the Rocks classes. They are run by professional, fun people. All the supplies and drinks are included.

Jay_38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the ever-changing atmosphere at the Emerson! From hosting great events to sharing beautiful artwork, there's always something awesome going on! The Emerson is a critical component of the Bozeman community. Here's to many more years!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emerson perfectly achieves it's mission of "building community by promoting art and culture, set in a historic building." After moving from New York City to Bozeman two years ago, I was grateful to be drawn towards this incredibly powerful and inspirational Center that offers a wide array of art, music, classes and other creative vessels to it's visitors. What a wonderful place!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful to have the Emerson in Bozeman. It hosts amazing events, galleries, shops, studios, etc. It is a fantastic resource for our community. Every concert, show or fundraiser I have attended at the Emerson has been a incredibly enjoyable event. I also love shopping there. Thank you Emerson!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member of the Emerson, I have had the privilege of seeing the inner workings of this institution that is such an important part of the Bozeman arts community. I can say without reservation that the Staff and Board of the Emerson totally believe in and are devoted to it's unique mission. The mission is unique in that it has both a promotional component and a custodial component. The promotional component involves initiating and promoting many unique cultural events, open to everyone. The custodial component involves maintaining and safeguarding the unique and historic physical facility that is the Emerson Building. This building provides an unmatched central location for hosting the Emerson's many events and for local artists to have their own shops and studios. The Staff and Board of the Emerson realize the contribution their institution makes to the vibrant arts community of Bozeman, and this is reflected in their dedication to their jobs and positions.

1 Alissa6

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emerson is such an incredible part of Bozeman and I am so grateful for all they do in our community! What a wonderful place that helps art to thrive in our town in so many ways... thank you to their staff and all they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Emerson is a unique institution that is wide open to the community providing exposure to the arts in many forms in its rescued old building. Tenants (artists, writers, potters, photographers, musicians, dancers to name a few): galleries and stores selling unique locally made arts, and crafts: classes for adults and children: galleries showing a wide variety of art work, sculpture and photography with openings with the artists discussing their wor,k and public spaces for events, film festivals, etc, etc etc.
The building is also full of children, school visits to the galleries, classes, and individuals coming for music lessons and special seasonal events like Halloween, and gingerbread house making at Christmas.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a for-profit renter in the Emerson Center, I can not say enough about what the Emerson Board and Staff achieve as a nonprofit organization. As a nonprofit, they are constantly on the cutting edge of fund-raising activities and projects to better the community as well as the Emerson. They work hard to achieve success and sustainability not only for themselves, but for their tenants as well.

Terri49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Emerson means so much to so many throughout Southwest Montana it's hard to put a label on it: it's a historic building, it's a gathering place to share life events and celebrations; it's an art gallery; it offers discounted studio and office space for a diverse selection of artists; it's a public space; it's a theater venue; it's a venue for art, dance, music, yoga and cooking classes. Bozeman is a wonderful place to live and having the Emerson as an integral part of this community makes it even more so!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Susan Denson-Guy and her team are a model in Montana for creating generous space that draws the community - including the nonprofit community - together. This organization is lively and innovative, creating more for the Gallatin Valley and beyond. Congratulations to all of you for truly wonderful work. Liz

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emerson is a community gathering place for all that is art-related and then some! The Bozeman and southwest Montana community have a treasure in the Emerson, with everything from artist tenants to 3 art galleries to community arts programs. There is a performance venue, The Crawford Theater, and a ballroom to host private and public activities and nonprofit functions. Tour The Emerson, shop in Galleria Hall, dine at the Emerson Grlll, attend an adult or children's art program or partake in a myriad of community-based programs and activities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Emerson is a unique and treasured place. They open their doors and invite everyone in our community to experience new and exciting forms of local art and entertainment. You can literally find anything your looking for within the Emerson. Art exhibits, music, dance, theater, movies, food, yoga, art classes; you name it they have it! We are very lucky to have this resource in Bozeman!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always bring all of my out of town guests to the Emerson all of the galleries are full of beautiful locally made art. It is such a great use of the old Emerson School. During the winter I love to take the ceramics classes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Emerson is a great place. We are very lucky to have the Emerson here in Bozeman - there is something for everyone here.