MAM Welcomes New Art Ed Team

The Missoula Art Museum recently welcomed two new faces to its Art Education team. Kay Grissom-Kiely comes to MAM as the Curator of Education to lead the educational vision for the museum, and Jenny Bevill takes on the position of educator/coordinator. “Jenny and I are a dynamic duo in museum education and we are eager to share and connect with the Missoula community,” said Kay. Learn more about MAM events and classes at MissoulaArtMuseum.org.

RMEF Welcomes New President and CEO

Let’s give Kyle Weaver, the new president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and his family a warm welcome to Missoula. “It is a tremendous honor to serve as the leader of the most respected wildlife conservation organization in the country, one that does so much for elk, elk habitat and America’s hunting tradition,” said Kyle, who comes to RMEF from a long and successful career with the National Rifle Association. He is a passionate and avid hunter and has supported RMEF for well over a decade and is a life member. Welcome to Zootown, Weaver family!

Come West and See

Native Missoulian Maxim Loskutoff (pictured center) celebrated the publication of Come West and See, his debut story collection that explores the many ways in which the West can be redefined and examined. Max has been honored with the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Global Writing Fellowship in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the M Literary Fellowship in Bangalore, India. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood and Kaboom, said this: “A ferocious love letter to the forgotten and the scorned, Come West and See is unlike any book you’ll read this year. It blazes with soul.”

20th Anniversary of ‘A Place Like Home’

In 1998, St. Patrick House opened its doors to more than 32,000 men, women, and children and offered them a comforting place of respite to travelers in need of medical treatment in Missoula. Each year, more than 2,000 people find rest and comfort at the House, which is open every day of the year, 24 hours per day. The dream of emergency lodging for medical travelers began in the 1970s when Heidi Dewey, wife of Missoula physician Dr. Richard Dewey, realized that many travelers couldn’t afford lodging and food costs while in Missoula for medical care. That dream became a reality 20 years ago with the help of then-Foundation executive director, Jean Bowman, and the Providence Montana Health Foundation Board. Congrats on your anniversary, St. Patrick House!

MCT Receives Grant from the NEA

National Endowment for the Arts chairperson Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to MCT Inc. to support the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s tour in North America. Follow the tour at MCTInc.org.