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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in Our Community!

  1. Arts improve individual well-being. 69 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 73 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 81 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
  2. Arts unify communities. 72 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
  3. Arts improve academic performance.Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Yet, the Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers. 91 percent of Americansbelieve that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.


What is Public Art?

Simply put public art is art in public spaces. The term “public art” may conjure images of historic bronze statues of a soldier on horseback in a park. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. It often interprets the history of the place, its people, and perhaps addresses a social or environmental issue. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!

To see examples of public artworks, visit the Public Art Network Year in Review Online Database to search through a curated set of projects selected by professionals in the field.


Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

Holter Museum of Art

Montana Arts Council

Montana Sage Gallery

1+1=1 Gallery

Alan Snell



Allegro School of Dance

Queen City Ballet


Exploration Works!

Lewis and Clark County Historical Society

Montana Historical Society

Montana Heritage Commission

Montana Military Museum


Helena Symphony


Myrna Loy Center


Carroll College Theatre Department Productions

Grandstreet Theatre