community outreach

education partnerships

The YAM works closely with educational partners within 120 mile radius of Billings.  Every partnership is unique.  Most include visits to the YAM, YAM educator visits to students, and an exhibition in the Young Artists Gallery.

YAM Educational Partners:

 

  • Billings Public Schools
  • Crow Agency Public School
  • Explorers Academy (Head Start)
  • Greybull, WY Middle and High Schools
  • Hardin Middle and Intermediate Schools
  • United Way CARE Academy & Discover Zone Programs

art of memory with montana chapter of the alzheimer’s association

The Art of Memory offers a meaningful way for people living with early-stage memory loss, including those living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and their care partners to connect with others at the YAM.

This program promotes connection, interaction, and companionship through viewing and discussing artwork and creating art in our studio. Many times, the bonds formed through this program last throughout the duration of the disease, creating additional support for all involved.

For more information please contact
Alzheimer’s Association

406.591.0905
wthompson@alz.org

 

For additional support please contact the Alzheimer’s Association’s free, 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 to speak with information specialists and care consultants.

montana women's prison

The YAM and the Montana Women’s Prison have been partners since 2013. Taught by professional artist, bi-monthly classes introduce diverse approaches to creating art and emphasize process, problem solving, and creative expression.

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Montana Women’s Prison

The YAM and the Montana Women’s Prison have been partners since 2013. Taught by professional artist, bi-monthly classes introduce diverse approaches to creating art and emphasize process, problem solving, and creative expression.

“The program brings value to my future…”

            Stated by 100% of the participants in a recent program evaluation survey.

This program is in also alignment with the prison’s recovery/reentry model which prepares women to rejoin their communities and reunify them with their children and families.

How the Program Began

In 2013, Cierra Coppock, a 14-year old student at Lewis & Clark Junior High, was working with a teacher-designed program that involved students planning and completing community projects. Her proposal for the program, called Two Roads, involved bringing art programs to the Montana Women’s Prison. After lengthy discussions, the Yellowstone Art Museum and the Montana Women’s Prison agreed to build a collaborative program.

Goals

  • Introduce different art techniques and mediums to develop various skills in creating art for use in real life situations.
  • Use art as a vehicle to explore:

            ○ Problem-solving
            ○ Project planning
            ○ Creative approaches to organization
            ○ Positive evaluation skills
            ○ Using art principles to build job skills for the future

The program is generously supported through grants from the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Sydney E Frank