Mission Valley Live, founded in February 2015, is a presenter of quality, professional, live performing arts programs. The artists we bring to the area provide evening concerts to community members and educational outreach programs to students in schools throughout the Mission Valley.
Live performing arts programs are not new to the Mission Valley. In 1994 Chas Cantlon, a visionary and advocate for the arts, organized and implemented a concert series that became known as the Folkshop Concerts. Proceeds from the concerts helped support three Folkshops in the valley. These Folkshops employed people with disabilities and were the first valley-wide efforts at recycling.
Chas retired from the Folkshops in 2001 and Folkshop Concerts became Big Productions. From 2001-2015 proceeds from Big Productions concerts helped fund youth projects in the Mission Valley, Big Brothers/Sisters from 2001-2005, and the Cantlon Family Youth Home from 2005-2015, when for financial reasons the board of the youth home dissolved Big Productions.
Live performing arts concerts and programs may have ended at that time were it not for a small group of volunteer community members, advocates of the arts with a commitment to keeping the performing arts alive and well in the Mission Valley. In February 2015 the group formed Mission Valley Live, a nonprofit presenter of live performing arts, and offered its first program series from October 2015 through April 2016.
Mission Valley Live offers the only professional performing arts program and concert series in Mission Valley. We believe programs in the performing arts bring vitality to communities and enrich people’s lives, and we believe all communities, large and small, rich and poor deserve opportunities to experience the performing arts.
Lake County encompasses a large geographic area that is predominantly rural and demographically, has one of Montana’s highest numbers of people living at or below the poverty level. Through fundraising, grants and sponsorships, Mission Valley Live will provide free, quality educational outreach programs to students in schools throughout the valley and will keep the price of concert tickets affordable to all residents of the area, including those who are under resourced. Youth 18 years of age and younger are admitted to evening concerts free of charge. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Mission Valley Live’s two concert venues, one in Polson High School, one in Ronan Middle School, are located at the center of the large geographic area we serve. Our hope is that offering concerts in these two, venues we will reach and serve more members of our communities.
Mission Valley Live Board of Directors:
Michael R. Rodrique, President
Mac Swan, Vice President
Shannon Nunlist, Secretary
Brian Campbell, Treasurer
Committees and Volunteers:
Brian Campbell – Master of Ceremonies, Artist Liaison, Ticket Sales
Tricia Campbell – Advertising and Promotion Committee Chair
Poster Distribution by: Ruth Hodges, Arnold Lucero, Mickey Rosa, Reg and Kay Wearley, Carol Wheat
Sue McCormick – Outreach Coordinator and Grant Writer
Shannon Nunlist – Web Page Coordinator
Mike Rodrique – Sponsorship Committee Chair
Trish Rodrique – Administrative Assistant, Artist Booking, and Grant Writer
Karen Swan – Bookkeeping Advisor and Membership
Mac Swan – Editorial Consultant
Carol Wheate – Volunteer Coordinator and Hospitality Committee
Dennis Wolfe and Jan Olsen – Hospitality Committee
Greg McCormick – Assistant, Sound System Set-Up
Home Stay Host Families:
Mindy and Roland Burbank
Tricia and Brian Campbell
Betty and Bob Moore
Trish and Mike Rodrique
Karen and Mac Swan