Arts and Culture
We're fortunate to have a thriving artist community here in the Jocko Valley. Artists of all kinds and all ages can draw inspiration from the scenic beauty of the Jocko Valley and from the area's rich cultural heritage.
From Gallery to CDC Office
Art is a big part of life here in Arlee and the Jocko Valley. For years, the building that now houses the Arlee CDC was the Hangin' Art Gallery. We're proud to carry on that tradition with displays by local artists, art workshops, and special events. You're welcome to come in and see our current displays during our office hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Killdeer Artisans Guild
We worked with local artists to form Killdeer Artisans Guild, an artist's cooperative here in the Jocko Valley. Follow them on Facebook to find out about their upcoming events, and come into our office/art gallery on Fourth Fridays or during our business hours - many of the Guild's artists are featured in our gallery and the displays change often.
Fourth Fridays are an open house we hold on, yes, the fourth Friday of the month from 5 to 7 PM with art displays, live music, finger foods, beverages, dessert, and a chance to connect with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful art we are so fortunate to have in our community. We schedule them intermittently throughout the year, so check our "News and Events" section to see what's coming up.
ACDC helped fund the first project of an Indigenous Arts program, Npustin (npoosteen), meaning “thinking with the heart” in the Salish language. “Heart of the Bitterroot: Voices of Salish and Pend d’Oreille Women,” a CD of traditional songs, stories and music, was produced by Julie Cajune with spoken word writing by Jennifer Finley.
Our artistic outreach programs have included native playwright workshops and a Npustin Summer Theater production of “Moon Over Mission Dam” by Victor Charlo at Pow Wow Grounds and SKC Theater.