Being in Connection Youth Art Series

Under the collaborative effort of the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center and the Missoula Art Museum, local Indigenous youth worked directly with Corky Clairmont, a local Salish artist, to create pieces of art honoring their identity and reflections of their inner-selves. These artists worked with different mediums such as water color, mono prints, and paint to explore their internal experience and identity, resulting in beautiful pieces to be displayed in the foyer of the Missoula Community Theater. Help us in honoring the courage of these artists to share their work and leave a comment for them in our comment box so they can hear your support and feedback!

(Check back soon for more information and photos of youth art!)

Missoula Art Museum Tours, Saturday, April 13th

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The Missoula Art Museum (MAM) extends a radical welcome to IFF participants to visit us for a tour and Diversity Day festivities during scheduled breaks of the film festival! 

12 – 1 PM: Laura Millin, MAM’s Executive Director, will lead a tour at the Missoula Art Museum. Join us at MAM for a tour and interactive discussion of BENTLY SPANG: WAR SHIRT SERIES #6-WATERWAYS in MAM’s Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery and IN PRAISE OF FOLLY: FIVE ARTISTS AFTER PHILIP GUSTON: Adrian Arleo, John Buck, Richard Notkin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jay Schmidt.

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Celebrate Diversity Day with us in MAM’s outdoor Sculpture Park with Empower MT. This event begins in the art park as a casual mixer with time to view an art installation from Empower Montana’s youth project. At 6 PM, meet in the Carnegie Gallery for a Diversity Day welcome and hear from Empower MT youth artists about the process of making the art installation.







About Corky Clairmont:

Clairmont was born on the Flathead Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He received a BFA at Montana State University and went on to earn his MFA at California State University in Los Angeles in 1971. He returned to Montana in 1984 to work as an administrator at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, where he was instrumental in creating the Fine Arts Department.