About Hungry Hill
Art access stands to benefit individuals of all ages and personal situations.
Established in 2022, Hungry HIll is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community art center with fantastic educational and membership programs. We are all about outreach and supporting partner organizations through art-based fundraising. Join us for activities that inspire and uplift. Let's spark creativity together.
What We Do
Art. Originating as a pottery studio, our art center is poised for expansion, encompassing diverse offerings such as painting, glass blowing, fiber arts and more. Stay tuned as we transform our pottery studio and membership program into a comprehensive hub for artistic exploration and expression.
Education. We are dedicated to empowering students to explore their creative possibilities. Our studio launched pottery courses in 2023 including basic and intermediate wheel throwing and hand building in addition to project-specific workshops.
Outreach. In 2023, we showed that outreach is central to our mission during one standout event called Empty Bowls. Our team of artists contributed over 1200 bowls and pieces of artwork to support our local food bank. Its more than art, its a tangible expression of our commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
In 1972, Mike Kujawa Sr. began teaching pottery classes in the sub-basement at what was then West Junior High. Over the next 50 years, pottery became a staple of the curricula in both the high school art program and the adult education night school program.
Because of these educational programs, the number of people in the community who enjoy working in clay exceeds the capacity of the available facilities. The idea for Hungry Hill sprang from a vision to provide greater access to pottery equipment and instruction in the community.
Planning began in January 2022 and by April 2022 Hungry Hill Center for Art, Education, and Outreach gained non-profit status and sat their board of directors.
The National Affordable Housing Network partnered with Hungry Hill to provide temporary space for a community pottery studio in the basement of the Phoenix building in uptown Butte. The temporary pottery space opened at 14 South Dakota Street in October 2022.