You might've heard about the four murals that were recently completed along the Rails-to-Trails multi-use bike path. Have you visited them yet? Well, we have exciting news! The painting and community action hasn't stopped there. We're launching Phase 2 of the Tunnel Vision project - which may be the perfect excuse for you to get up, get out, and get hands-on! We're looking for volunteers to help paint the inside of the tunnel that passes between Glacier High School and My Place Hotel in Kalispell. In collaboration with Rails-to-Trails of NW Montana, we have hired artist Griffin Foster to design and lead our community in creating a Glacier Park foliage-inspired mural on the interior of the tunnel.

Rails-to-Trails volunteers prime and paint over illegal tagging on the interior of the tunnel. These walls are often tagged with profanity and other images and messages that do not uplift our community. It is our researched belief that when blank, concrete canvases are filled with beautiful murals - the graffiti and tagging tends to stay away.

Hardworking and dedicated Rails-to-Trails volunteers are backlit while priming the walls inside the tunnel.

Click here to signup and paint! You may signup as an individual, or perhaps you'd like to take a field trip with your class or civic group!


Register soon. Fall session begins the week of September 13. Click on each graphic to see dates, times, and full course descriptions.

Join us in welcoming Shannan Reichenberg.

Shannan is joining our staff through the Americorps VISTA/MT Campus Compact program as the Educational Program Developer. She'll be doing the important work of helping expand KALICO's programming capacity and cultivate meaningful community connections through outreach, networking, and data assessment. Bolstering access to art education, experience, and exposure for all residents (and visitors) of our valley is an integral facet to our collective mission. Shannan will be doing some AMAZING things for us so that we may continue to serve you and your family! Read Shannan's bio below:
"I have a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University. For the past 20 years I have worked for the USDA Forest Service in many roles, from chasing Northern Goshawks in the Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Black Hills of South Dakota to digging for slugs and salamanders in the temperate rain forests of Coastal Oregon. Most recently I worked remotely for the Washington DC office of the Forest Service as a Geographic Information Specialist supporting their national corporate spatial databases. Currently, I am on my own creative adventure. I am excited to see where that takes me in the next year being surrounded by such creative and talented people at KALICO! I became interested in art education when noticing the social and emotional impact expressive arts had on my son. I look forward to uplifting the arts in the whole Kalispell community!"

Make sure to say hello to Shannan next time you're in the space!

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