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 Guide Volunteers

Tuesdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30–10:30 AM

Are you interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and joining our stellar group of beloved volunteers? Would you like to gain professional training in interpretive strategies? We'll provide you with the necessary tools, skills, and practice to help generate discussion and deepen the viewing experience for visitors and students in the Fifth Grade Art Experience. Jenny Bevill and Kay Grissom-Kiely offer trainings for new and returning Art Guides. Trainings include an orientation to MAM’s inquiry-based interpretive strategy. A minimum of one training is required to lead tours.

For Education Volunteers

Thursday, September 6, 4–5 PM

Would you like to work with professional teaching artists and exhibiting artist in the classroom during the Fifth Grade Art Experience or a scheduled class or workshop? Education Volunteers assist with a variety of art classes and workshops for all ages and abilities while gaining training in best practices in art education.

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


Greeter: Volunteer greeters are often the first face visitors see when they walk in the door at Missoula Art Museum. This role is fulfilling for those who enjoy attending special MAM events, interacting with others, and providing exceptional customer service. Contact Communications and Events Coordinator Bethany O'Connell to apply.

Gallery Attendant: Volunteer gallery attendants perform a number of duties, from helping museum visitors find their way around to ensuring the artwork is secure and protected. Gallery attendants circulate the galleries to ensure visitors are interacting with the artwork safely and respectfully. This role is fulfilling for art enthusiasts who love to be surrounded by artwork and enjoy interacting with others at special MAM events. Contact Communications and Events Coordinator Bethany O'Connell to apply.

Communications Volunteer: The communications volunteer provides an essential role of sharing museum news with MAM members and the public. The volunteer should stay up-to-date on museum publications, events, and exhibition cycles. This role is fulfilling for anyone who is seeking experience working in non-profit communications and enjoys working on a variety of detail-oriented tasks with flexible hours. Contact Communications and Events Coordinator Bethany O'Connell to apply.

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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