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:
President – Mac Swan
Vice-president – Brian Campbell
Secretary – Trish Rodrique
Treasurer – Karen Swan
Members at Large: Tricia Campbell, Shannon Nunlist, Mike Rodrique, Eve Dixon
Committees and Volunteers:
Brian Campbell – Master of Ceremonies, Artist Liaison
Tricia Campbell, Susan Erickson – Outreach Program Coordinator; Grant Writer
Eve Dixon – Advertising and Promotion Committee Chair
Mike Mitchell – Email Notifications, Patron List
Shannon Nunlist – Volunteer Coordinator, Advertising and Promotion Committee
Mike Rodrique – Sponsorship Committee Chair
Trish Rodrique – Administrative Assistant, Promotional Material Design, Artist Booking, and Grant Writer
Doug Spicher – Accountant
Karen Swan – Bookkeeping, Ticket Sales
Mac Swan – Editorial Consultant, Budget Planner
Carole Wheat, Denise Zemke – Hospitality Committee, Venue Set-up
Poster Distribution – Brian and Tricia Campbell, Lisa Dionne, Jane Mitchell, Suz and Dave Rittenhouse, Jane Mitchell, Kyle Geyer, Lisa & Brad Dionne, and Nancy Mitchell
Home Stay Host Families:
Mindy and Roland Burbank
Tricia and Brian Campbell
Betty and Bob Moore
Trish and Mike Rodrique
Karen and Mac Swan