The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804
Fort Missoula shares with visitors the rich history and culture of western Montana found throughout 32 park-like acres. Some of Missoula County’s fascinating history includes: early Fort history dating from its establishment in 1877 in the midst of the Indian Wars; the exploits of the all African American 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, the century or more of the forest products industry’s culture and innovations; and the World War II internment camp that once held over 2200 Italian and Japanese nationals. Over 20 beautiful preserved historic buildings and structures bring this history to life. Additionally, the Fort features rotating exhibits exploring a range of thought-provoking historical topics.
The resident artist(s) will have access to a studio space in the T-1 building at the Historic Fort Missoula. The resident artist(s) will have access to a studio space in the T-1 building at the Historic Fort Missoula. This building also houses collections of historic period-costumes and the court where loyalty hearings were held during WWII for the Issei, Japanese nationals that had immigrated to the United States, but were not allowed to become citizens. The Issei were arrested immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and detained in internment camps for the remainder of the war.
Additionally, artists have access to:
Access to the vast archive of the Fort via the Curator of Collections Ted Hughes
General access to the grounds at Fort Missoula
24/7 studio access
Additionally, artists will be in close proximity to many other interested organizations such as the Northern Rockies Heritage Center, the Great Bear Foundation and the Lolo National Forest Headquarters. Open AIR is happy to help foster connections between the artists and surrounding organizations the artists may be interested in learning more about.