Helena’s Holter Museum hosts the inauguration of the EL Wiegand Creativity Center

HELENA — The Helena Holter Museum hosted the grand opening of its new Creativity Center on Saturday, ushering in a new era of making art easily accessible to everyone.

“We’re excited about our new EL Wiegand or the ‘W’ creativity hub. This space is meant to be a creative hub for the community, so it’s basically going to help us expand our programming and event options, and also provide rental space for the Helena community,” said Kelley Crevier, director of development for the Holter Museum of Art.

The W offered new customers the chance to create a sculpture out of paper towel rolls, get a hand tattoo, and even leave their mark on a community mural.

The EL Wiegand Creativity Center also has a stage to provide another venue for local artists.

The new art space is what the museum hopes to bring art to the community informally.

“Sometimes the word museum is a little intimidating to people, so we wanted to let everyone know that we are a community space. Anyone can come here, and we believe that art should be accessible to everyone , regardless of your interests or background,” Crevier said.

The museum even reaches out to nonprofits in Helena to bring creativity to those who could use it for therapeutic purposes.

“We are talking with Westmont about getting their clients into the monthly program. We are contacting Veterans Services at the Fort and also working with patients at Saint Peter’s, since we cannot go to the hospital at this time, it will be a non-medical therapeutic space that they can eventually enter,” Crevier said.

The center hopes to offer evening programs such as yoga and ceramics for the community.

You can visit the “W” during the Museum’s opening hours, which are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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