Western Montana Creative Initiatives

Name of Residency: Open AIR

Open AIR is a place-based Artist-in-Residence program that connects artists with unique sites across Western Montana. The program aims to promote cross-sector dialogue and collaboration, particularly between the arts and ecology and arts and sciences.


Residencies opportunities at:

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Moon-Randolph Homestead
Home ReSource
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Cabin
Flathead Lake Biological Station
Artists will also have access to Missoula Community Resources including:

Montana Natural History Center
Home ReSource
Free Cycles
MCAT Media Creation Center

Selected artists will debut our sites for the 2019 Open AIR pilot program. Artists will have the opportunity to connect with a unique site with full access to create and work on their studio practice.

All Artists will have:

Access to a studio space in a unique location
Be part of a closing group show
Have the opportunity to share their practice with the community
Be represented on our online website
Have the opportunity to become a ‘buddy’ with another visiting artist
Access to Community Resources
Artists are expected to:

Contribute one piece of work to the collection

Provide feedback about their experience

Be flexible and communicative to help work out any kinks in the pilot program


While we are hoping to provide artists with a stipend of $25/day for their time, this is based on our success with fundraising and is not guaranteed. Spring artists are responsible for their own room and board (artists selected for the Bio Station will provided with lodging during the Spring). Summer and Fall artists will be provided with lodging.

Resident artists will be key to helping us ensure the success of Open AIR. The feedback generated during the residency will be crucial to ensuring the success of future programs, and Artists will be expected to provide evaluation and feedback at the end of their experience.

Artist Duos/Couples/Families:

Summer and Fall Residency opportunities are open to individual artists and artist teams of two and/or partners. Duos must be willing to share a room. If you are applying as a creative team, please apply individually and indicate who your partner is. Artists do not need to have worked collaboratively together before to be eligible to apply as a team, nor do you need to be working on the same body of work, or in the same medium. Children are eligible to be with parents at either of the Fall Residencies on Flathead Lake.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

Based in Missoula, MT, Western Montana Creative Initiatives (WMCI) is a creative place-making effort and nonprofit organization that recognizes the importance art plays in establishing healthy and robust communities. The initiative’s mission is to strategically enrich Western Montana’s community through the development of art-based place-making and programmatic development.

Organisation founded in: 2019
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of an Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Film-studio
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
If yes, please specify: We ensure lodging and coordinate ahead of artist arrival. Housing provided – though not always on-site.
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: Ability to accommodate partners and children varies. Unfortunately we are not able to support pets at this time.
    Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes -we work to the best of our ability to connect artists with community resources that will benefit and accelerate the efficacy and capacity of their project.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 2020 funds availability TBD. Stay tuned for the art call released in December.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Missoula International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Whitefish, MT
    How to reach by plane: MSO
    How to reach by train: Whitefish
    How to reach by car: Google it
    How to reach by boat: Hard to do. We are land locked.
    Street & Number: 250 W Sussex
    Postal Code: 59801
    City: Missoula
    Country long: United-States
    250 W Sussex
    Missoula 59801 MT USA
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