Arts & Culture Award Winners Announced

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Arts Missoula’s annual Arts & Culture Awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work in the arts and humanities have made a significant contribution to the community’s quality of life. The 2017 awards will be presented at the Missoula Arts & Culture Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 28, at the Doubletree Hotel from 11:30am to 1pm.

This year’s Cultural Achievement award, honoring someone who has consistently supported the arts community in numerous ways, is awarded to Steve Glueckert, retired curator for the Missoula Art Museum.

The Individual Artist, presented to someone who has shown exceptional achievement in their chosen craft, is awarded to Chuck Florence, Missoula musician with the Big Sky Mudflaps, Salsa Loca, Ed Norton Big Band, and many others.

The Arts Educator, honoring an outstanding local teacher who has devoted a career to the arts, is awarded to Karen Callan, general music teacher for Missoula County Public Schools since 1979.

The Business Support for the Arts, given to businesses that have provided long-term support to Missoula’s artists and arts organizations, is awarded to the Downtown Missoula Partnership.

The Cultural Vision award, honoring artistic programming, is awarded to the Roxy Theater for its commitment to the Missoula community, independent films, and as the home of the International Wildlife Film Festival.

In announcing the award winners, Arts Missoula Executive Director Tom Bensen stated, “These outstanding individuals and organizations each represent a lifetime of dedication to the arts, and all have helped to make Missoula an exceptional place to work and live.”

Another feature of the Arts & Culture Awards Luncheon is that local businesses sponsor tables for their employees and guests. Tickets for the event are $30 each or $240 for a table of eight, and may be reserved by visiting the online store here, calling 541-0860, or emailing For more information about the Awards Luncheon, visit the page here.