Artist Residency Launches 33rd Fifth Grade Art Experience

MAM is excited to launch its 33rd annual Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE) by offering a week-long residency with Dillon artist, Cathy Weber. Each weekday from October through January, hundreds of fifth graders from Missoula County Public Schools and beyond will spend the first three hours of their day at MAM interfacing with Weber's exhibition, Understory/Overstory, and then create their very own bird sculpture project using air dry clay. The opportunity to work directly with Cathy Weber will impact students on a deeper level, connecting them directly to her artistic process, her creative problem-solving complexities, and the inspirations and challenges that she and most artists encounter when making art. After creating their own artworks inspired by MAM’s exhibitions, students will walk to the Missoula Public Library to get a library card and explore books related to their museum visit. We are grateful to the Montana Arts Council for supporting Weber’s residency at MAM.

This program continues to thrive and carry momentum as MAM refreshes the curriculum annually. This year, MAM’s new education team will infuse the program with an interpretive philosophy that expands upon Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) principles, launching inquiry methods of observation and interpretation. Using the inquiry method, self-engagement and the process and culture of self-discovery become the core of MAM’s education programs.


For Art Guides and Education Volunteers

Tuesdays 3:30–5 PM // January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23

Do you love sharing art with others? Are you interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and joining our stellar group of beloved volunteers?  MAM’s education team will provide you with the necessary tools, skills, and practice to generate discussion and deepen the viewing experience for everyone. Four trainings will be offered, and all are appropriate for both new and returning Art Guides.  Training includes an orientation to MAM’s inquiry-based interpretive strategy, as well as an in-depth look at exhibitions.  To lead tours at MAM you must attend at least one training and shadow one tour.  Art guides are valued volunteers and receive a free membership for working six or more hours a year.  Membership includes a 10 percent discount on classes, workshops, and bookstore purchases, as well as special invitations to members-only events.

If you would like to RSVP or find out more, please contact Educator/Coordinator Jenny Bevill.


Collections Assistant: The collections assistant works behind-the-scenes to help MAM to fulfill its mission to engage audiences with contemporary art. Assistants help care for and provide access to the permanent art collection, manage temporary loans to exhibitions, organize historic archives, and create online resources. Assistants can perform data entry, cataloging, research, writing, inventory, storage improvements, and hands-on preparation of artwork for gallery and off-site exhibitions, particularly through the Art in Public Places program in Missoula City-County buildings. The role is fulfilling for curious, conscientious, detail-oriented individuals capable of working independently and as part of a small, tight-knit team. Contact MAM Registrar Jennifer Reifsneider to apply.

Do you want to stay in touch about future volunteer opportunities at MAM? Email Bethany O'Connell, Communications and Events Coordinator, to sign up to receive MAM's volunteer news.


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