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About BACC

We are an creative and educational hub in Bigfork that inspires people of all ages through a wide variety of workshops, lectures, and learning opportunities. BACC shares cultures through art and story stewardship. This is BACC’s way of bridging the connection between our past and the future we wish for our children, ourselves, and our world.

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Hours

Fall Hours:

11am-5pm Wednesday through Saturday

11am-4pm Sunday

Monday & Tuesday by appointment

Special Events; please check our calendar, programs or exhibit pages.

 

 

Location

You can find us at 525 Electric Avenue in downtown Bigfork, right next to the Bigfork Imagine IF Library and across the street from the Bigfork Playhouse

Community Partners

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Julie Bottum

Julie Bottum is the Executive Director here at BACC. With her background in education, she brings a passion for creating programs and workshops that help both children and adults explore the amazing world around us– through art. When she catches a break from her busy life at the BACC and the many community programs she is involved in, Julie spends time enjoying the outdoors on horseback and with her dogs.

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Meet our Board and Facilitators

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Sylvia Medina

Board Chair

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Sylvia Medina

Sylvia Medina is the Founder of the Love The Wild Foundation.   She established this so she can help share the message to children to help preserve our planet and its animals. She is also the founder of the Snake River Animal Shelter.

Ms. Sylvia Medina is the President and CEO of Green Kids Club, Inc.  Green Kids Club specializes in writing children’s books related to Environmental Stewardship and learning concepts for children. The stories highlight two children that drink water from a magic spring giving them the power to communicate and talk with animals. Together the kids and animals work towards ensuring they have a healthy ecosystem. Green Kids Club has won a number of awards including the 2016 Green Company of the Year by Dr. Toy, Family Choice Award in 2015, the Mom’s Choice Award (2014), and the Dr. Toy Best Green Award (2014). In 2017, we have been awarded the Dr. Toy Award for Top 10 Socially Responsible and the Top 100 for 2017.

Ms. Medina was also past president and owner of North Wind, Inc. an Environmental engineering and construction company.  She attended college at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, where she received Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology.  After graduating from New Mexico Tech, Ms. Medina relocated to Idaho to work for the Idaho National Laboratory. While working she also obtained a Masters in Waste Management.

In addition to her work in the environmental industry, she is also an accomplished Jewelry Artisan (Sylvia Medina Jewelry).

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Nancy Kuhn

Board Secretary

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Nancy Kuhn

Nancy is a long time resident and former business owner here in Bigfork.  Nancy has been an integral part of BACC's success!  Her passion for community, the arts, and education is an inspiration to us all!

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Maranda Johnston

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Maranda Johnston

Maranda is born in raised in the Bigfork Area.  Today she lives in Bigfork with her husband MJ and sons Finn and Everest.  She is the Co-founder + Concoctor with MJ at the popular shop; The Good Stuff Botanicals

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Vicky Berry

Board Member

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Vicky Berry

Meet Vicky Berry,    

the artful mind of Tweet Jewelry Designs, fondly chosen after her childhood nickname of Tweety by her father, and the creator of one-of-a-kind fashion pieces that make a statement.

A retired professional in the highly competitive legal field, Vicky made an early statement around the legal world with a groundbreaking University that trained all of the lawyers in her firm. Of course, there were many other accomplishments throughout a long and successful career. 

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Mike Sisson

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Mike Sisson

Mike is a retired metal fabricator/millwright from the east coast.  Currently Mike resides near Bigfork and has been involved at BACC through his fantastic one-of-a-kind metal sculptures as well as a volunteer at BACC events.

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Zoe Bedford

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Zoe Bedford

Zoe is a long-time resident of Bigfork and an ad exec at The Daily Inter Lake - Hagadone Media as well as an Independant Franchise Owner of Cruise Planners/ American Express Travel.

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Arin Lever

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Arin Lever

Arin is a long-time resident of Bigfork and has been involved and/or led many local cultural events .  Arin has extensive background in organizing community involvement as well as marketing as Director of Sales Marketing at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.

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Mike Hannley

Board Member

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Mike Hannley

Mike joins as a part time resident of Bigfork and Arizona.  Mike is retired from a career the financial world of banking and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector.

Press & Articles

Check out below to see some of the ways the BACC (and some of our amazing artists) have been featured by our community.

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Founded in 1893, The Swan River School has been a beloved landmark in the Bigfork community for over 125 years. In the spring semester of 2018, the students of Mrs. Emslie’s 5th grade glass undertook a project to tell part of their school’s rich history, in the form of short video documentaries that they researched, wrote, shot, and edited themselves.

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Bigfork Art / Cultural Center

We are an creative and educational hub in Bigfork that inspires people of all ages through a wide variety of workshops, lectures, and learning opportunities. BACC shares cultures through art and story stewardship. This is BACC’s way of bridging the connection between our past and the future we wish for our children, ourselves, and our world. As determined by the Internal Revenue Service Code, Bigfork Art and Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 organization, exempt from federal income tax. Bigfork Art and Cultural Center's tax identification number is 366212000. 

525 Electric Avenue
Bigfork, Montana

406.837.6927

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