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Community Culture of Scholarship Program

Class of 2015 Total Scholarships Awarded - $32,100


Class of 2016 Total Scholarships Awarded - $29,800


Class of 2017 Amount Raised = $47,500


Class of 2017 Total Scholarships Awarded - $46,500


Class of 2018 Amount Raised over $80,000


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Grand Opening of the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center


Warren Miller Performing Arts Center


The Big Sky School Board named the center to honor Warren Miller, long-time producer of feature-length snowsports movies.   Warren Miller’s stated goal now is to impart a lifetime of wisdom to kids of all ages, and he has done so with students at Ophir and Lone Peak High Schools.  In keeping with this desire, he and his wife Laurie started the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to educate aspiring youth and adults in the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship by sharing the skills necessary to become successful, ethical members of the business community.  Lone Peak High School students are offered participation in the ten week Young Entrepreneurs Program during which they actually start their own businesses: learning how to plan, mastering basic business vocabulary, and practicing marketing, service, problem-solving, ethics, and networking.   An artist, an educator and a legend in the ski industry, Warren lives half the year in Big Sky with his wife Laurie.

In 2009, the opening of the new regulation-size gymnasium, within the Bough-Dolan Athletic Complex on the Big Sky School District campus, freed up the old gymnasium space, allowing it to be repurposed exclusively for a performing arts center.  For many years, the old gymnasium had served as the gym, the cafeteria, and the auditorium.  During the construction of the secondary schools’ wing, the old stage had to be removed, leaving the schools without a suitable venue for events and performances.

The old gymnasium is now a performance space that combines the best features of several different types of theaters.  A proscenium apron projects modestly into seating which embraces the stage and rises for 12 tiered rows in a 2,000 square foot area, thus creating an intimate and comfortable environment for 282 patrons.  The theater is comparable in size to Bozeman’s Ellen Theater main floor and is slightly larger than the Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus.

Flexibility is a key feature: 

    • An orchestra pit is created with the removal of selected front seating.
    • A 1,672 square foot area adjacent to the theater serves as a student cafeteria during the day and a community dining/reception space during events, a warm and welcoming artistic environment.
    • The front-of-house area is a two-story lobby with galleries for visual arts exhibitions and an elevator that ensures easy access to seats in the upper rows. Wheelchair accessible seating is available in both lower and upper rows. The top floor features a bar for community functions.
    • The open ceiling permits flexible installation of lighting and sound equipment, while acoustical pillow clouds dampen sound among the black roof girders.
    • Storage areas dot the performing arts center, enabling the easy storage of instruments and sets in over 1,000 square feet.

Technology-enhanced lighting equipment augment visibility, composition, and mood.  Sound components integrate simple and complex sound designs. 

If you have questions about the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, please send an email to info@warrenmillerpac.org or visit the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center website.