Current Innovation Engine Members:
Preserve Historic Missoula: Preserve Historic Missoula’s mission is to educate the citizens of Missoula and Western Montana in the appreciation of the educational, historical, architectural, scientific, and aesthetic significance of their environmental heritage, including historic sites, buildings, structures, objects, and districts and prehistoric sites. For more information: www.preservehistoricmissoula.org.
Tell Us Something: Tell Us Something brings real people’s real stories to life. Everyday people have a chance to be heard because of Tell Us Something. Since 2012, Tell Us Something has hosted four to nine storytelling events in Missoula, MT, per year to audiences ranging from 250 to 768 people. Sponsorship dollars and ticket sales are barely enough to keep Tell Us Something alive. You can donate to help keep the project going. For more information: www.tellussomething.org.
Climate Smart Missoula: Climate Smart Missoula is the hub that fosters partnerships and actions to address climate change in our community. The vision is of a vibrant and resilient Missoula community that has a zero carbon footprint and has the crucial community networks to address climate-related issues in an equitable way. For more information: www.missoulaclimate.org.
Lake Missoula Old Time: The mission of Lake Missoula Old Time (LMOT) is to build community through support and promotion of southern old time music and dance. LMOT organizes and provides music and square dance calling workshops, community dances, concerts, and a signature annual event, the Missoula Old Time Social. For more information: www.missoulaoldtime.org.
Open A.I.R.: Based in Missoula, MT, Western Montana Creative Initiatives (WMCI) is a creative place-making effort that recognizes the importance art plays in establishing healthy and robust communities. The initiative’s mission is to strategically enrich Western Montana’s community through the development of art-based place-making and programmatic development. WMCI’s pilot program, Open A.I.R., is an artist in residence program that connects artists to innovative sites in the region. For more information: www.openairmt.org.
Past Innovation Engine Members:
Cuban Choir to Montana (2015-2016)
The Cuban Choir to Montana brought the Cantores de Cienfuegos to Missoula during the 2016 International Choral Festival. The project promoted cultural exchange, understanding, and friendship between individuals in the U.S. and Cuba at an important moment of normalizing relations between our two countries.
Native Generational Change (2014-2015)
Native Generational Change seeks to create sustainable change for Native communities through civic engagement, progressive policy development, and community action programs.
Winter in the Blood (2014-2015)
Winter in the Blood is a film that addresses the challenges facing many Native Americans though the story of one man struggling to survive. The film serves as the cornerstone for the delivery of outreach/self-expression filmmaking workshops for Native youth in Montana, including the Salish-Kootenai, Blackfeet, Rocky Boy (Chippewa/Cree), Fort Belknap (Gros Ventre and Assiniboine) and Fort Peck (Assiniboine and Sioux) Reservations.
Art Montana (2013-2014)
Art Montana works with educators to develop lesson plans and related resources designed for Montana K-12 teachers. They offer an online collection of streaming videos and lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Dress for Success Missoula (2013-2014)
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Missoula Mud Dawgs (2013-2014)
Tax-deductible donations allowed the Missoula Mud Dawgs Baseball Club to live a dream and play on the fabled field at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on August 2-8, 2014.
Travelers’ Rest State Park Expansion Campaign (2012)
Travelers’ Rest is home to a centuries-old Native American gathering ground and is the only verified campsite of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. This land acquisition project increases public access to Lolo Creek, provides open space, and allows for expansion of the local trail system.
Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium (2010-2011)
MBHI now operates an insectarium with live insect exhibits of exotic and local species in downtown Missoula, and is developing a tropical butterfly house to accompany it.