Curative Art Collective (CAC)

The intent of the Curative Art Collective (CAC) at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana, is to give high school students a positive and safe place to express themselves and to provide a consistent environment for teenagers, ages fifteen to eighteen, to find their authentic creative voice. While seeking their artistic path, teens will work with professional artists to develop their body of work and meet fellow students from around Great Falls. All visual mediums, such as ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and the literary arts such as poetry are welcomed and encouraged.

This program was designed after the Holter Museum’s “Art for Survival” program which Education Director, Sondra Hines, developed years ago. Sarah Justice, the executive Director of the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, met with Sondra Hines over one year ago to discuss and learn about the Holter Museum’s outreach youth program. Sarah wanted to design a similar program in Great Falls and Sondra was honored and encouraged her to do so.

The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art established the CAC youth outreach program in 2019 and is funded in part by The Montana Arts Council and The Square. The program was designed and developed by Executive Director Sarah Justice who has been leading the program since its inception in 2019. 

Sarah, a professional artist herself, shares her gifts of creating with clay, drawing and painting with the teens. The CAC invites visiting artists to share their creative voices and mediums of expressions with the group throughout the year. The interaction with professional artists sharing their experiences and mediums with the teens help develop and nurture healthy and creative individual expressions throughout the student’s lifetime. The CAC also coordinates community projects throughout Great Falls, such as the mural projects at the Children’s Museum of Montana over the summer of 2020.

I am currently working with the participants of the Curative Art Collective encouraging and asking them to add their creative heart voices to the vision of the OneHeart call project. Their creative voices are important and matter!

Participants of the collective meet every Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. If you would like to join the group, live in Great Falls and are between the ages of 15-18, please contact Sarah Justice directly at 406-727-8255.