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Laura Bovard | Robin Checota | John Combs | Greg Johnson
Heidi Starrett | Inay Todd | Jacque Walawander
Executive Director | Tom Bensen
Tom Bensen has lived in Missoula since 1986, and has been the executive director of the Arts Missoula since June 2004. Before then he spent 7½ years as director of First Night Missoula. After joining Arts Missoula the two organizations merged. Before life in the nonprofit world, Tom taught high school history and was an owner of Freddy’s Feed and Read, one of Missoula’s legendary cultural institutions. He has served on several local non-profit boards, and has also served on the advisory committee for First Night USA. He is a member of Missoula’s choral ensemble Dolce Canto, and enjoys being outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, skiing, walking the dogs, or mowing the lawn. His wife Susan works for Montana Public Radio, and they have one son, Peter a Hellgate High School graduate.
Program Director | Matt Anglen
Originally from Missoula, MT Matt left home to study Playwriting and Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After a handful of years getting to know the term “starving artist” in more intimate detail, Matt returned to Missoula with his soon to be wife to begin a family. As the program coordinator, Matt is responsible for scheduling artists, volunteers and venues for such events as Germanfest, The Last Best Solstice, First Night Missoula, as well as other Arts Missoula Events. Matt also coordinates promotions for First Friday events and keeps the monthly gallery guide current. Matt has a strong interest in graphic design and is responsible for many of the poster designs for Arts Missoula events. He has a passion for art and culture, and couldn’t be happier with his current job.
Public Art Coordinator | Brianna McLean
Brianna McLean is both the Public Art Coordinator for Arts Missoula and liaison to the Public Arts Committee of Missoula. She is responsible for project administration and public correspondence pertaining to public art in Missoula, and offers administrative support to Arts Missoula’s wide array of events and programming. Prior to Arts Missoula, Brianna graduated from the University of Montana with a BFA in painting and drawing, and was the coordinator and supervisor of both the art fair and gallery at the University Center on campus for three years. She also had the opportunity to paint a 10-foot mural commission on scantrons outside the UC. She loves and appreciates working in arts administration, and enjoys providing the community with a more accessible way of interacting with the arts as whole.
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
In 2010, Arts Missoula teamed up with Americans for the Arts to study the economic impact of the arts in Missoula. Read the full report here.download our pdf
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