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Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation
The Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF) was formed in 1976 by the Butte Silver Bow Bi-Centennial Commission to promote the arts for residents of Butte and Southwest Montana. Originally, there were 18 members of the Bi-Centennial Commission, who raised the funds to purchase the Charles Walker Clark Mansion in 1976 and gave it to the county of Butte Silver Bow. A non-profit organization was formed in 1977 known as the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation under IRS Code 501 (c) 3 status to promote the arts using the Charles Walker Clark Mansion under the name of The Arts Chateau as its base of operations. BSBAF made an agreement to maintain and restore The Arts Chateau with annual support from the Butte Silver Bow Government. Each year the BSBAF leased the Charles Walker Clark Mansion, built in 1898, from the Butte Silver Bow County for area residents to use as a cultural center for the arts. Today, the chateau has some other purpose with another organization which is the agenda of Butte Silver Bow County Government.

BSBAF (Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation) moved the organization to 128 W Granite, (the old Smither's Photography building). At this location, we are able to advance our mission by providing quality arts and humanity activities through our new gallery and increase community involvement at the arts center.

Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation, Our Mission:



To promote creative opportunities for adults and youth through expanded education and exhibition programming.

To stimulate economic growth and cultural development through arts and humanities programs via collaborations with local, regional, and national organizations.

To foster and encourage an understanding and interest in local traditions, heritage, and arts.

The BSBAF's Venus Rising Espresso House


The Venus Rising Espresso House is the local coffee house owned and operated by the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF). All profits made at the Venus Rising Espresso House are used for BSBAF operational expenses, activities, and events. We would like to thank you for being a valued customer at the Venus Rising Espresso House, for supporting the BSBAF, and art in the community.

Exquisite coffee blends are served along with baked goods. WiFi wireless service is available to all customers. Music and lounge areas provide a comfortable environment for students, adults, artists and tourists from around the world. Venus Rising Gift Shop offers unique retail items to all who venture here.

To see more about the Venus Rising please visit the Venus Rising page by clicking on the Venus Rising link in the menu. The following exhibit can be seen at the BSBAF/Venus Rising Espresso House at 128 W Granite.



The Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1977 under IRS Code 501(c) 3 status to promote the arts, culture, and heritage.