The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.
Montana will be known far and wide as "The Land of Creativity," where the arts are essential to the creativity, imagination and entrepreneurship that make Big Sky Country the very best place on earth to live, learn, work and play.
Statutory Authorization - title 22, Chapter 2, Montana Codes Annotated; Enacted 1967
22-2-101. Montana arts council established. In recognition of the increasing importance of the arts in the lives of the citizens of Montana, of the need to provide opportunity for our young people to participate in the arts and to contribute to the great cultural heritage of our state and nation, and of the growing significance of the arts as an element which makes living and vacationing in Montana desirable to the people of other states, the Montana arts council is hereby created as an agency of state government.
22-2-102. Membership of council – appointment. The Montana arts council consists of 15 members appointed by the governor, by and with the consent of the senate. Insofar as possible, the governor shall appoint members from the various geographical areas of the state who have a keen interest in one or more of the arts and a willingness to devote time and effort in the public interest.
22-2-103. Council membership – tenure – compensation. The term of office of each member is 5 years. The governor shall designate a presiding officer and a vice presiding officer from the members of the council to serve in those capacities at the pleasure of the governor. The presiding officer is the chief executive officer of the council. Each vacancy must be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. The members of the council must be compensated and receive travel expenses as provided for in 2-15-124.
22-2-104. Executive committee. The council may select an executive committee of five members and delegate to the committee such functions in aid of the efficient administration of the affairs of the council as the council deems advisable.
22-2-105. Administrative officers and employees – compensation. The council may employ, and at pleasure remove, administrative officers and other employees as may be needed and fix their compensation within the amounts made available for such purposes.
2-2-106. Council duties. The council shall:
- encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the arts and stimulate public interest and participation in the arts;
- cooperate with public and private institutions engaged within the state in artistic and cultural activities, including but not limited to music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts and crafts, and make recommendations concerning appropriate methods to encourage participation in and appreciation of the arts to meet the legitimate needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state;
- foster public interest in the cultural heritage of our state and expand the state's cultural resources;
- encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression essential for the well-being of the arts;
- as required under 2-15-242, nominate three individuals to serve as the state poet laureate and provide the list of nominees to the governor.
22-2-107. Gifts and donations. The council may acquire, accept, receive, dispose of, and administer in the name of the council any gifts, donations, properties, securities, bequests, and legacies that may be made to it. Money received by donation, gift, bequest, or legacy, unless otherwise provided by the donor, must be deposited in the state special revenue fund of the state treasury and used for the general operation of the council. The council is the official agency of the state to receive and disburse any funds made available by the national endowment for the arts.
22-2-108. Authorization for council to enter certain contracts. The council may contract with individuals, organizations, and institutions for services or cooperative endeavors furthering the objectives of the council's programs.
22-2-109. Financing of council. The council may engage in such fundraising drives and public contribution campaigns as will contribute to its continued development and support. All revenues received in such manner shall be deposited in the state special revenue fund of the state treasury and may not be used for any purposes other than the improvement, development, and operation and programs of the council.