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Mountain Time Arts

In 2021, AMB West Community Fund, an associate-led giving committee at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, awarded a $5,000 grant to Mountain Time Arts for its “The Slate is Not Blank: Look and Listen Program.” AMB West Community Fund support for this project aligns with its mission to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Montana, particularly in Park and Gallatin Counties and Indigenous communities across the state.

Mountain Time Arts is a nonprofit organization that drives change through the cultivation of bold and engaging public art projects and programs that explore the history, culture and environment of the Rocky Mountain West and its Sovereign Nations.

The Mountain Time Arts program includes a new art piece called Revitalise/Relatives, which was unveiled on Earth Day 2023 on Bozeman (Montana) Creek in the city’s center. Revitalise/Relatives is a pair of images and words, digitally printed onto laminated glass panels installed as a mural on a pedestrian bridge leading to the Bozeman City Hall entrance. Artist Ben Pease was inspired by the multiple facets of Indigenous history in the Gallatin Valley and the spiritual nature of water. Pease’s two glass panels greet visitors to City Hall with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the Indigenous history of land and water in the valley.

Tawnya Rupe, senior program director, Montana philanthropy, at the Blank Family Foundation said, “This installation will greet visitors and provide insight into Indigenous histories and contemporary art through an artist who is descendant of this land, allowing viewers to pause and reflect upon the cultural heritage that is woven into the relationship between humans and the environment and providing a vision of a hopeful and sustainable shared future for us all.”

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