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Youth and Leadership

Our youth programs are focused on helping young people learn through doing, with hands-on projects that teach leadership skills and develop a sense of community, culture and tradition.

Dolly Parton's
Imagination Library

Remember how exciting it was to get a new book when you were a kid? This program brings that excitement to over 1 million children each month. We partner with the Jocko Valley Library to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to kids from birth to age five. We currently have 63 children in the program, and have served an additional 160 kids. To enroll your child, call us at 406-726-5550.

Youth Art Program

Thanks to Diné (Navajo) and Salish descendant Cameron Decker for teaching this series of workshops that combined hands-on art projects with field trips to see public art displays. Classes included making sculptures and having them scanned and 3-D printed, creating light drawings with glowsticks, and field trips to the Missoula Art Museum and Missoula Public Library. The kids had so much fun and found new sources of inspiration and new ways to express themselves. 

Teen Art Project

Join us for “Beyond the Frame,” a special exhibit of artwork created by local teen artists on Thursday, June 20th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Arlee CDC. The artists are participants in our Teen Art Project, sponsored by the Arlee CDC, the Missoula Art Museum, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, and the Bill and Rosemary Gallagher Foundation. The project focused on the importance of public art in bringing a community together. Everyone is invited to come and meet the artists, see their recent artwork, and enjoy some refreshments.

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