Our Town

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Butte, Montana




A parade down Main Street

A parade down Main Street in Uptown Butte, Montana circa 1939. Today, the Montana Folk Festival is a unique community asset that Mainstreet Uptown Butte plans to leverage to, among other activities, create programming that will enliven Uptown's Main Street. Photo by Greg Everett

The NEA grant will support cultural asset mapping, community planning to develop artist live/work spaces, and artist residencies. Building on the momentum and international recognition of the Montana Folk Festival, artist residencies and guest programming will activate the Mainstreet year-round with performances and installations. Partners including Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Butte-Silver Bow County, and Imagine Butte Collaborative will work together to assess existing cultural activity and the opportunity for artist live/work housing. The population of Butte is 34,200.