The goal of the Arts Council of Big Sky's Public Art program is to enrich the Big Sky experience by showcasing the artwork of accomplished American artists, particularly regional and local artists of merit.
Since 2016, the Arts Council of Big Sky has become the steward of 11 outdoor sculptures and more than $1 million in art assets for our community. Our entire collection consists of artworks donated by artists, private citizens and through generous contributions from businesses and individuals. Our goal is to enrich the Big Sky experience by showcasing artwork of accomplished artists with a special emphasis on local and regional artists of merit. As our program grows, properly managing and caring for these assets is paramount.
As Big Sky grows, we are developing a network of public art installations that connect the community via a public trail system. This public art trail will be an accessible space for gathering and experiencing recreation, culture and fine art.
To highlight and promote the importance of the arts in Big Sky, and to encourage appreciation of and engagement with our local arts resources, we have produced a free public art map highlighting sculptures and utility wraps in our community, available throughout Big Sky, and online at our website.
As partners in the new BASE community center, we curate both indoor and outdoor public art to enrich and enliven the facility.
As of 2022, we have facilitated wrapping 42 utility boxes and trash receptacles featuring the work of local and regional artists - including students from across Montana. This is an ongoing project.