MAM is FREE!
Free Expression Free Admission is a gift to the people of Missoula and the rural state in which MAM resides, and—we believe—it is the best way to make great works of art accessible to all. MAM prides itself on remaining free to the public in order to serve equitably and work to build community. Free expression is our stance in defense of freedom of thought, conscience, cultural expression, and intellectual inquiry.
MAM is situated on the traditional, ancestral territories of the Séliš (Salish or “Flathead”) and Qlispé (upper Kalispel or Pend d’Oreille) peoples. MAM is committed to respecting the indigenous stewards of the land it occupies. Their rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Montana and to the work of MAM.
MAM offers a Radical Welcome!
MAM’s mission is to show art that is relevant to our region. Exhibiting the work is not enough—we must do outreach to bring viewers to engage with work that is relevant to them, and then offer support in that engagement. Montana is home to seven tribal nations and an expansive rural population that is under-resourced. MAM offers contemporary art exhibitions in its six galleries that rotate throughout the year. MAM has one gallery that is devoted solely to showing contemporary American Indian art, and we regularly feature Native artists in other galleries. Ten percent of MAM’s permanent collection is comprised of Contemporary American Indian art. It is part of the education mission to bring Native viewers together with Native artists so that MAM exemplifies a “home.”
MAM serves the public by engaging audiences and artists in the exploration of contemporary art relevant to the community, state, and region.