Artists prepare for S.L.A.M. Festival

GALLATIN COUNTY

POSTED: 9:11 PM Aug 02 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

SLAM Fest is this weekend. S.L.A.M. stands for Support Local Artists and Musicians.

Organizers tell us it gives strictly Montana artists an opportunity to share their work.

We were there as folks set up in Bogert park.

Coordinators say they've grown a lot since their start three years ago, from 43 visual artists to 50 this year, with 17 on the wait list.

That's not to mention 14 culinary artists, seven micro-breweries and 12 musical acts with movement performances in between, from dancing to a yoga demo.

Organizers tell us S.L.A.M. Festival is important to the Bozeman community and Montana as a whole.

"Across the state funding has been cut for art and music in our schools and it's important to focus on the importance of those things and how they help our community grow and how they enrich our community and without events like this, it gets harder and harder to find those things in your day to day life," explains S.L.A.M. Co-Founder Callie Miller.

Organizers tell us money raised from the festival will go towards scholarships.

SLAM kicks off tomorrow at 10am and runs until 7p. Music begins at 11a.

It continues Sunday from 10a to 5p.

There's no cost for admission. Folks with S.L.A.M. encourage you to ride your bike. There will be a bike valet, seeing that parking will be limited.