East Helena Food & Culture Hub

The Myrna Loy

Funding Received: 2017
East Helena, MT
Funding Period: 2 years and 6 months

East Helena, MT has a growing food and restaurant sector.  The Myrna Loy will launch new culinary arts training programs rooted in the  Eastern European traditions of storytelling, designed to be part of an economic development strategy based in tourism.

East Helena grew up as a company town for the Asarco lead smelter, which supported generations of families. In 1991  the EPA launched a major Superfund project to restore water and land quality. The aftermath left a 14-million-ton slag pile in town.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jul 30, 2018
On the first day of cooking camp in East Helena, students were learning how to make a simple caprese salad recipe. By the end of... Read More
Dec 7, 2017
A $500,000 grant will provide a culinary arts program, job training and community events over the next three years in East Helena. Read More
Dec 6, 2017
The project will be administered by six partners – the city of East Helena, the East Helena School District, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the... Read More
Artists can be unfairly stereotyped as head-in-the-clouds dreamers—when the reality of artistic practice involves much creative decision-making and problem-solving. In a piece she wrote after...Read more
Last month our friends at the National Endowment for the Arts released a new research report. "Rural Arts, Design, & Innovation in America" highlights the...Read more
Today, we are proud to announce the 23 creative placemaking projects that will receive funding in communities of all sizes across 18 states and one...Read more