(1) The Montana Arts Council was established by the statutes contained in Sec. 22-2-101 MCA. Sec. 2-15-1513 MCA transfers the Council to the Department of Education for administrative purposes. The Montana Arts Council encourages throughout the state the study and presentation of the arts. It endeavors to stimulate public interest and participation in arts activities and to cooperate with public and private institutions engaged within the state in artistic and cultural activities. Many of its objectives are reached through a program of grants in the areas of technical assistance, broadbased assistance to arts organizations, assistance in touring of art resources, special project assistance, and pilot project development. More than three-quarters of the administrative staff's operations deal with application for and distribution of federal funds on behalf of arts organizations throughout the state. The remainder is concerned with informational and technical services rendered to individuals and organizations pursuant to cultural development.
(2) The Montana Arts Council consists of fifteen members appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. Meetings of the Council are called by the Chairperson when necessary. The Council is required to meet at least twice a year; however, four meetings are normally held to carry out its work. The Council, through its general meetings, or executive action, makes the final determination on all grants.
(3) The Chairperson is appointed from the membership of the Council by the, Governor. The Chairperson serves at the will of the Governor and his term may exceed five years.
(4) The Chairperson shall, with the advice and consent of the Council, employ an Executive Director to act as secretary to the Council and carry out the Council's programs.
(5) The Chairperson appoints an Executive Committee subject to the advice and consent of the Council. The Executive Committee is empowered to consider grant requests of $500 or less.
(6) Advisory committees are established by the Council. They act only in an advisory capacity and have no policy-making authority. Generally, the Advisory Committees are as follows: visual arts, music, drama, dance, and combined projects.
(7) Grant forms and submission deadlines are readily available to all those who request them. Requests for grants submitted to the Arts Council are generally reviewed by an advisory committee which then passes its recommendation on to the Council. All grants are made contingent upon Federal appropriations. The grant instrument is a contract containing certain conditions which, upon the acceptance of the grant is accomplished by the signature of the authorizing official of the requesting organization on a grant contract and return of it to the Executive Director of the Montana Arts Council.
(8) The following chart depicts the organization of the Montana Arts Council. Model Rules Of Agency Organization
Organization of the Montana Arts Council