About Alpine Artisans
The mission of Alpine Artisans is to promote and preserve the arts in western Montana. We accomplish this goal through Supporting Local Artists, Arts Education, Outreach, and Information-Sharing.
- Encourage and support members to be the best they can be.
- Take joy and pleasure in creative passion.
- Offer opportunities to inspire personal enrichment through the arts to create a bond between Alpine Artisans and the community.
Enriching the community through the arts is an ongoing activity of Alpine Artisans. Events open to the community for its enjoyment include exhibits, art fairs, workshops, lectures, concerts and performances. The contributions of our organization to the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot valleys are possible due to the volunteer efforts of our nearly 150 members.
A eight-member Board of Directors provides policy and financial oversight for Alpine Artisans. The board is elected by the membership at an annual meeting held in January at the beginning of the fiscal year. Various committees are appointed as needed throughout the year. The daily, ongoing administration of Alpine Artisans is provided by our Program Coordinator, Scott Milner.
Alpine Artisans, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Funding comes from a variety of sources such as commissions on art sales, ticket and raffle sales during Alpine Artisans' events, grants, donations, business supporters, and membership dues. The income generated is used to accomplish our mission to promote and preserve the arts in western Montana.
Current AAI Programs for 2012:
Artmobile - in spring, goes to all schools
Art Display in the Seeley Swan Medical Center - ongoing
Art Programs in the schools - various in-school workshops by artists, varies by year.
- AAI Newsletter (2 times per year)
- AAI Website: www.alpineartisans.org
- Regular member emails
Cultural Arts Corridor:
- Crown of the Continent Auction - summer event co-sponsored with SEC
- Open Book Club - 6-10 authors per year reading at the Grizzly Claw
- Tour of the Arts - 1-2 special weekends per year, open year round, 8-12 studios
- Crown of the Continent Community Cinema - shown in Condon & Seeley Lake
- Artist to Artist Potlucks at studios - various
- Occasional Tours to galleries and cultural centers of interest
- Senior Scholarship ($500- $1,000)
- Summer Youth Grants (1-3 grants for summer arts programs, @ $150-500)
- 5th Grade Trip to Missoula Art Museum
- Art Educator Grant and Starving Artist Grants
- Scholarship Endowment Fund (set up at 1st Valley Bank)
Show and Tell Potluck in September
Snow Sculpture Judging at Seeley Lake Winterfest with prizes given by AAI
Special AAI Events and Festivals:
- Loon & Fish Festival - yearly on Memorial Day weekend
- Wine & Chocolate Social and Art Revue - yearly in February
- Five community performances per year - September - August
- Twelve - Fifteen in-school informances per year
- Numerous classroom and/or individual workshops in theschool with the performers