Connect * Inspire * Preserve * Learn * Create * Share
The Bigfork Art & Cultural Center – or BACC- strives to serve as Bigfork’s heART of creativity, education and inspiration for all. BACC helps to support Bigfork’s community as a vibrant destination for Art, Culture, and History.
Bigfork has always been an arts town. From its earliest days, Bigfork residents have been artists, artisans, craftsmen, art collectors and art enthusiasts. In 1977, a group of visionary citizens saw the need to build a community center focusing on the arts and ensuring a cultural legacy for Bigfork and the surrounding area. This forward-thinking group included Les and Ginny Averill, Sam Stephens, and Ruth & Joe Sliter, who purchased a gas station and converted it into Bigfork’s first art center!
BACC is still housed in the same spot and over the years we have undergone a number of transformations. One significant addition was the musical clock tower which graces the front of our building. The clock tower has become a local landmark and gathering point. The clock tower was funded through private donations – supported by a campaign led by Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, “CFBB” – a local, nonprofit organization responsible for the majority of our village’s infrastructure and improvements.
Laura Hodge, Executive Director
Laura has always been rooted in community by being a voice for collaboration and making a positive difference for those around her. Her diverse background includes place-based tourism work, community development, and passing legislation to protect the natural landscape. Art is her passion, however – having always been an artist at heart, and always creating, still.
In her mountain home in Tennessee, Laura served as a Director of Tourism and focused on community leadership on various boards and as chairman of the Coker Creek Heritage Group before turning her attention to growing a successful art and fine craft gallery (Coker Creek Gallery) as an accomplished nature and adventure photographer. In 2014 she took on a collaborative effort to protect the mountains around her Coker Creek home through a piece of legislation called The Tennessee Wilderness Act. There, Laura led a diverse coalition of stakeholders through five years of non-stop lobbying to see the bill pass in December of 2018 and 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest become designated as wilderness.
With a passion for big skies, big mountains, and public lands, Montana has always held a special place for Laura and her husband, Bill. They recently relocated to the Flathead Valley from Asheville, North Carolina for his work with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and are thrilled to call the Swan Front and Bigfork home. They love to explore on foot and in kayaks, often with their dogs in tow and always with way too much camera gear.
Kristen Sluiter, Program Assistant
Board of Directors 2020
Board President (2019-2021)
Tuesday – Saturday
11am to 5pm
525 Electric Ave
Bigfork, MT 59911
Connect with BACC:
Phone: 406-837-6927 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org