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FAQ

What is the link to ArtWalk Downtown Billings on Facebook?

You can find ArtWalk on Facebook at facebook.com/billingsartwalk. “Like” us on Facebook to receive updates on art events, interesting reads, plus images and gallery notes prior to each ArtWalk.

I have a great picture from a recent ArtWalk. Where can I share it?

We are always looking for good ArtWalk photos to use in our publicity, in social media and elsewhere. Please send your photo as an email attachment to: virginiab@downtownbillings.com. Tell us the names of the persons in the photo, where it was taken and by whom. We’ll let you know if and where we publish the photo on Facebook, Instagram or elsewhere. Thanks!

Why are there only five (5) ArtWalk events each season?

ArtWalk season dates were set several years ago as the first Fridays of May, August, October, December and February. We’ve dubbed them Spring, Summer, Autumn, Holiday and Winter ArtWalks to help you remember.

Staging an ArtWalk event takes significant work on the part of the gallery owners, artists, businesses, museums and others. Periodically, there are discussions about an every other month schedule but so far, support for such a change hasn’t been there. Cost is the primary factor.

May I bring my dog to ArtWalk?

Generally, we don’t encourage you to bring your dog to ArtWalk unless it a service animal. Most galleries don’t allow dogs on the premises. Western Art Forum, however, is dog-friendly.

Does it cost money to attend ArtWalk?

No. All ArtWalk events are free.

Who pays for the food and beverages at ArtWalk events?

Food and beverages at ArtWalk events are courtesy of various ArtWalk hosts.

Where can I park during ArtWalk?

Metered on-street parking is free after 5 p.m. during ArtWalk. Ample city garage parking is available during ArtWalk. Rates vary. Many sites, such as Yellowstone Art Museum, have large parking lots. We encourage you to find a parking spot for the evening and walk to various locations.

Who pays for the printing, publicity and other costs of ArtWalk events?

Printing, publicity and all other costs associated with ArtWalk Downtown Billings are paid for by season member dues, one-time participant fees, sponsorships and support from the Downtown Billings Alliance.

Why do some galleries have ArtWalk maps and ArtWalk sidewalk signs and others don’t?

You should always look for ArtWalk maps and ArtWalk sidewalk signage during our events. They tell you who is a legitimate ArtWalk Season Member or One-Time Participant. Unfortunately, some galleries and venues open and show artwork during our events without participating in the cost to bring you five events each year. In so doing, they take advantage of the expenses paid and goodwill generated by the ArtWalk Downtown Billings organization. It’s unfortunate.

How do I become an ArtWalk Season Member?

ArtWalk Season Memberships paid by April 14, 2017 are $400.00 for the 23rd Season. Season memberships can be acquired after that date for $450.00. If a One-Time Participant decides to become a Season Member, any fees already paid apply to the Season Membership.

What are the benefits of being a Season Member?

Season members are assigned a map number at the season’s beginning; generally, those numbers don’t change during the season remainder. Season members may attend and vote at the Annual Meeting and serve on the Executive Committee. The cost per event is reduced to $80 per event, as opposed to the $150.00 One-Time Participant fee. Season members are assured of having one art image selected for state-wide publicity purposes during the Season and agree to be open for all five events. Season Members receive a rebar stand and ArtWalk sign for their use and are featured on Facebook prior to each event.

Who makes the decisions regarding how ArtWalk is organized?

Day to day decisions regarding ArtWalk are made by the Director and an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is elected annually by the season membership.

I want to show my art during ArtWalk. What should I do?

First, spend some time becoming familiar with the ArtWalk season members and one-time participants by attending two or three ArtWalks and observing what kinds of art they feature. Some galleries invite guest artists. Others represent specific artists and highlight only their work during ArtWalk events. Other venues feature different rotating artists.

It is your responsibility to find a suitable exhibit space. Be observant, ask questions and find a space that works for you. Details and costs vary from site to site. You can find contact information for Season Members and most recent One-Time Participants here

May I host just one or two ArtWalk events during the season?

Absolutely! We understand that it is a big commitment to become a Season Member and host five events. A One-Time Participant fee is $150.00. Contact the ArtWalk Director for details on deadlines and what else you need to submit. You receive all the benefits of a Season Membership, except on a per event basis. Also, you do not have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting, nor can you serve on the Executive Committee.

Where do I send my Season Member dues, One-Time Participant fees and/or Sponsorship check?

Send your check to: ArtWalk Downtown Billings, 2815 – 2nd Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101. You can pay by credit card by calling Mollie at: 406-xxx-xxxx.

How do I become an ArtWalk Season Sponsor?

An ArtWalk sponsorship for the entire season is $450.00. A sponsorship entitles you to an advertisement on each ArtWalk map and recognition on the ArtWalk Facebook page prior to each of our five events. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on our website throughout the season and in all press releases. We have nearly 2000 likes on Facebook. For each ArtWalk event, we print and distribute nearly 1000 maps in the downtown area. Contact the ArtWalk Director for more details. We’d love to have you as an ArtWalk Season Sponsor!

Can I be a One-Time Sponsor for a specific ArtWalk event?

You bet! The cost for a one-time sponsorship fee is $150.00. If you decide to become a Season Sponsor, we’ll apply this fee to the total cost. You receive all the benefits of a Season Sponsor, but on a per event basis.

Where can I find gallery notes and featured art prior to ArtWalk?

Gallery notes and featured art images are posted on Facebook when received from members and participants. A complete list can be found here, and in the Billings Gazette Enjoy!, the Yellowstone County News and Billings Visitors Guide.

Where can I find an ArtWalk maps?

Look under the map link on this website for a current, mobile-friendly and printable ArtWalk map. The Yellowstone County News and Billings Visitors Guide print maps in their editions published just before each ArtWalk. 365.com has a mobile-friendlyArtWalk map on its website. On ArtWalk nights, all season members and one-time participants have maps available.

Thanks for your interest in ArtWalk Downtown Billings!

Are there ArtWalk locations that host artists for individual ArtWalks?

Yes. As of April 1, 2017, several locations have indicated a willingness to host individual artists during the 23rd Season. Some of these locations are Season Members. Others participate when and if they have artists who want to exhibit. Usage arrangements and payment of the ArtWalk fees are between the artist and the host. Go to the Documents page on this website and click on “Individual Artist Options” for a list of locations and contact information.