Art Center Happenings

Carrie shows off her colorful hands at the Art Center Summer Fun camp last Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center

Summer Fun camps

Kids will be back in school before we know it. Make sure to take advantage of the final weeks of Summer Fun camps this August. August is all about creative expression as we explore sound, movement and drama. “Music Makers” runs Aug. 7–9 and our final camp of the season, “The Play is the Thing,” will be held Aug. 14–16. Visit us online at to get a complete schedule and sign up today.


Social Night and 

culinary contest

Join us Aug. 16 for a social night of fun as we learn to make chokecherry brandy and cordial using traditional local recipes. We’ll have supplies on hand to create custom jar labels. Social Night is held the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.; pre-registration is required and space fills up quickly.

Show off your cooking prowess at our annual Chokecherry Culinary Contest. From baked goods to savory dishes, we welcome all your chokecherry-based creative cooking endeavors. Entries are due at the Art Center between 8-9 a.m. on the day of the Festival, Sept. 9. Judging takes place at 9 a.m., with prizes awarded for different categories as well as Best in Show.

The public is invited to come sample the goodies until noon. Registration for the Culinary Contest is free and open to all. Stop by the Art Center to pick up your entry form, or give us a call at 535-8278 to learn more.


Authors’ Event

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 24, for a one-of-a-kind, Lewistown Authors’ Event. The Lewistown Art Center is proud to welcome our local writers to sign their texts, with live music and refreshments.

Join us for Children’s Hour from 2-3 p.m. Marcia Losh will read her children’s book, “If Everybody Did It,” and her sister, illustrator and author Runi Arnold, will provide instruction for paper-collaging. Kids will leave with a completed paper collage.

From 3-5 p.m. on Aug. 24, Runi Arnold, Marcia Losh, Maxine Melton, J. Logan Arnold, and other authors will be on-hand to answer questions, discuss their texts and sign copies of their books. This is a special event for the booklover in Lewistown, or a great opportunity to get a signed copy as a gift.


“HaMapah/the Map” with dancer Adam McKinney

The Lewistown Art Center is thrilled to host renowned dancer, Adam McKinney, and his continued project “HaMapah/the Map” for the week of Aug. 10–16.

HaMapah/the Map is a multimedia dance journey that traces the intersections of Adam McKinney’s African-American, Native-American and Jewish heritages, weaving contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary and classical music. In the piece, McKinney explores issues of identity, ancestry and family.

After premiering HaMapah/the Map in 2010 in New York City, McKinney, DNAWorks Co-Director Daniel Banks and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jáquez are re-envisioning the work as a film. The three are traveling to McKinney’s ancestral homes to re-imagine the relationships between dance and historical spaces. They recently returned from Kraków, Poland where they initiated the first phase of the work.

McKinney said, “I strive toward the investigation of creative work that is both current and significant. In Poland and in Montana, I am leading site-specific dance-on-film explorations in genealogical locations, which are discussed and performed in HaMapah/the Map. I will use different data points (governmental records, architectural blueprints, digitized drone trips, anecdotal narratives, embodied knowledge of place and space) to inform choreographic approaches. Throughout the research, I will inquire into the manner in which historical spaces affect the filmed dancing body.”

McKinney is the great-grandson of Harry and Sylvia Allweiss of Harlowton, who opened “The Hub” department store circa 1917, and the great-great-nephew of Joe and Jessie Alweis of Lewistown, who opened “The Hub” (now Jason’s Men’s Store) circa 1912.

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 12, for a brief performance and presentation of HaMapah/the Map, to meet McKinney, Banks and Jáquez, and for light refreshments at the Lewistown Art Center.


The Lewistown Art Center promotes art, art education and art appreciation in Central Montana. Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free. Join the “ArtWorks” volunteer group every third Wednesday at 11 a.m. to support the Art Center in accomplishing its mission. New members and volunteers are always welcome; for information call 535-8278.


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