Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Juneteeth celebration in Gibson Park June 19

Great Falls will hold a Juneteenth event for the first time June 19 from 1-5 p.m. in the Gibson Park bandshell area. The formal program will include a proclamation from the mayor, a historical overview; speakers from the YWCA, the Great Falls Public Library and Malmstrom Air Force Base’s diversity and inclusion team; and the Alexander Temple’s New Birth Choir.

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Historic preservation board appointments draw criticism from some over relation to heritage area effort

City Commissioners re-appointed Rich Ecke and Ellen Sievert to the city-county Historic Preservation Advisory Commission during their June 1 meeting. Both have been serving on HPAC and Sievert is the former city-county historic preservation officer who retired from the city in 2016. Two members of the public raised concern about Ecke and Sievert who are both affiliated with the nonprofit

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Business Bites: ArtsFest needs sponsors; Craft Beer Week needs volunteers; LifeStyle Building grand opening; Rise Athletics places at world championships; free Voyagers tickets for healthcare workers; Pickwick’s and 360 Office Solutions merge; Ballantyne joins Spark Architecture; urgent care clinic coming to 609 10th Avenue South

ArtsFest Montana ArtsFest Montana is coming back this summer with more murals planned in the downtown area. Going into the event’s third year, the Business Improvement District is looking for sponsors to help fund more murals. The event is organized by the Business Improvement District and began in 2019 with four new murals and the creation of the Electric City

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Tourism board considering options for Expo Park improvement project

The board of the Great Falls Tourism Improvement District is considering its next move for the Expo Park improvement project. The TBID’s board has been supportive and borne most of the cost for feasibility studies, draft improvement plans and cost estimates that have been conducted over the last few years. The TBID is an organization allowable under state law and

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Portion of TIF request approved for Newberry event center

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their May 4 meeting to approve $9,100 in tax increment financing funds for The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the renovation projects

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Newberry TIF request considered at City Commission May 4

During their May 4 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for tax increment financing funds for the The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, have requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the

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Business Bites: Suki’s demolition; new City Brew; Colored Snow opening; owner built homes complete; reading at Cassiopeia

Suki’s The former Suki’s at 1229 10th Ave. S. is slated for demolition. The city received permit applications on April 15 to demolish both existing structures on the property. Those permits were reviewed and approved by city staff but as of April 20 hadn’t yet been picked up by the contractor, Sletten Construction, according to city planning. The city also

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