In collaboration with Youth Dynamics Inc. we're excited to introduce an new opportunity for Butte youth to engage with photography and public art. Uprise Photography Series is a program that aims to ignite curiosity and change the way we experience art and our community. To learn more about the program and register for classes, please use this application.
Dedicated to uniting Butte’s creatives to survey and support ongoing projects while celebrating the exchange of new ideas, the 5th annual Butte Arts Symposium took place Friday, January 22nd. The event has left us feeling a swell of gratitude towards all those who made it happen— our volunteers, presenters and audience — and we look forward to sharing more with you this upcoming year and beyond.
This year’s event featured community mind mapping walls within the Foreground Gallery. These mind mapping activities will be left up for the month of February to further develop.
This years presentations included:
Maggie Gammons: On Finding the Stars of Butte’s Arts Constellation
Callision Stratton: The Root & The Bloom
Clark Grant: 222 Days on Air: the launch of KBMF 102.5fm
Todd Hunkler: The Phoenix Rising: Arts-Driven Development in the Heart of Uptown Butte
Christa Carleton: Preservation Through Production
Matthew R.K. Haynes: Bringing Out the Literary: The Making of Educe Press
Don Andrews: Introducing the Covellite International Film Festival
Carson Grace Becker: Art & Soul
By Maggie Gammons
When I joined the IBRC as a youth intern in September, I was thrilled to learn that I would be working with a fellow fiddle player. Abby and I share a love for French-Canadian fiddle tunes, even though we learned to play them across the country from each other (she learned back east in Maine while I learned out in middle-of-nowhere Saskatchewan). From the start, we put our fiddle minds together and began scheming of ways to make a fiddle community here in Butte. This is a hard task to tackle, it turns out, when there are not many other fiddlers in town (unless, of course, they’re all in hiding), so we turned to the neighboring communities for our trial run.
On the 28th of November, we held our first ever Fiddle Tune Swap. Participants drove in from Bozeman, Helena, and Pony Montana, to join us Butte fiddlers for a day of tune learning, teaching, playing, and performing. Over the course of the afternoon, we learned 3 tunes: a Canadian Prairie tune, Old-time dance tune, and a funky contemporary Old-time cross tune (“Meligne Canyon” by Gordon Stobbe and J.J. Guy, “White Face” by Joe Thrift, and “Keeping the Cats Happy” by Mark Simos).
The tune I prepared to share was Meligne Canyon, written only last year by fiddle legend Gordon Stobbe of Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan fiddler J. J. Guy. I learned it right from the source, and have since played it with fiddle friends everywhere from Saskatchewan to Cape Breton— but never here in Butte. It was such a special experience for me to teach it at the tune swap and perform it at the showcase. I always feel like I’m participating in a tune’s evolution when I share a tune (and I can’t think of a more beautiful thing to share).
After we swapped our tunes, the IBRC held a tune showcase which was open to the public. It was exciting to see the Foreground Gallery fill with people coming out to listen to the participants perform. A truly enjoyable evening ensued for performers and listeners alike.
Our Tune Swap was successful on multiple levels. We achieved the main goal of the event (to swap tunes) but more importantly we learned that there are musicians out there who are looking to join a fiddle community— a community which we are in a position to foster. The IBRC looks forward to future fiddle-based events, and I have made it a personal resolution to host at least one more event like this before my internship ends. The showcase after the Tune Swap proved that Butte’s appreciation for fiddle music is there—now all we need is more players. This tune swap was the first step, and I’m excited to see what will come next.
If you are interested in supporting our fiddling endeavors, follow us on Facebook and look for the next Fiddle Tune Swap event, or feel free to send us an encouraging note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Gift Time Ya'll! Gift Time is a fundraiser to support Butte-area creatives AND the development of the IBRC's new basement studios, a project that will provide local and visiting artists with low-cost studio space and access to new shared resources such as a wood shop and welding studio. The event starts on December 4th at 5pm during the 25th Annual Christmas Stroll with the opening of The Gift Time Shop, and closes with a silent auction on December 18th. The shop and auction will feature artisan goods such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, small sculpture, functional pottery, jewelry, textiles, soaps and all other handmade gifts imaginable. In addition to these artisan goods, there will also be a selection of gift certificates for local services such as workshop instruction, massage appointments, salon treatments, photography sessions, custom welding, small engine repair, yard work, event planning, cake decorating, sign painting, fine art framing and more. All proceeds will be split 50/50 with local artists and the IBRC basement studio project. The Gift Time Shop will be open 10am-7pm each day for two weeks, offering holiday shoppers custom gift wrapping services upon purchase.
As we gear up for Gift Time, we are hosting three gift-making workshops: Fridge Magnets for the Masses on Nov 18th, Handmade Holiday Cards on Nov 24th, and Terrariums on Dec 1st. Check out our Facebook page to learn more about these workshops. Take a look at our events calendar to see all IBRC programs.
If you would like to learn how to participate in Gift Time, please click here.
This years Visions & Voices was a beautiful demonstration of creative exchange within Buttes community. For this show, artists respond to the written word and writers respond to works of visual expression. It was a joy to see participants meet for the first time at the opening and discover how their work had inspired a new piece of writing or art. The conversations that transpired were on display for the month of October in the Foreground Gallery at the IBRC. We look forward to seeing artistic collaboration continue in our community!