At Arts Missoula, we believe that art and culture are vital to the strength and growth of our community. We are dedicated to seeing strong arts and cultural programs in our schools, to increase public and private support for local arts and cultural activities, and to connect and engage our community through these creative and educational experiences.
Heather Adams, Executive Director
Heather Adams has been in love with Missoula from the moment she stepped foot here in 1999. Ms. Adams attended South Mountain Center for the Performing Arts High School in Phoenix and went to receive her BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. After several years in NYC and many professional stints, she moved to Missoula in 1999. She continues to be inspired by Missoulians love for the arts, culture and community and has dedicated her professional career to arts education, performance and advocacy. Missoula has allowed her numerous opportunities to thrive in the arts and she is so grateful to be a part of the Arts Missoula team. From directing and choreographing musical theatre locally and regionally, producing and volunteering for non-profit fundraisers, teaching many styles of dance at studios, in workshops and the University of Montana. She founded and was Executive Director of the Downtown Dance Collective for 13 years. She currently serves on the University of Montana College of Arts and Media Advisory Council and is District Captain for Montana for Americans For The Arts in Washington, DC.
Udo Fluck, Director of Arts Missoula Global – International Relations, Intercultural Training, and Global Programming
Dr. Udo Fluck brings two decades of experience in international program development, as well as intercultural and global education to his position. He has developed and directed intercultural and global competence-building programs at the University of Montana between 2004 and 2016. Since 2014, Udo has designed and taught cultural and global competence seminars for elementary, middle, and high schools in three Missoula school districts and across the State of Montana. His cultural and global community programming includes the World View Film Series and the International Voices Podcast series. As a Clinical Professor of Management, in the University of Montana’s College of Business, he continues to teach evening courses and weekend graduate seminars in cross-cultural management and global and cultural competence. Udo was also the senior curriculum developer for the National Science Foundation’s Resilience through Intercultural Skill Enhancement (RISE), housed at the Salish Kootenai College campus on the Flathead Reservation. Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, Udo came to Missoula in 1989 for his undergraduate and graduate education. He holds degrees in journalism, media management, instructional design, and technology, as well as in multicultural education. Udo has been an invited and plenary speaker at over 30 national and international conferences and has presented over 1,800 documented cultural awareness seminars to date.
Nathan Poukish, Office Manager & Public Art Coordinator
Nathan Poukish is the Office Manager for Arts Missoula and serves as the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Missoula’s Public Art Committee. Nathan comes from an education background where he has taught kindergarten, first grade, and elementary music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Montana State University and has a passion for the arts specifically in music. Nathan has been involved with local choirs, opera companies, and musical theater. He has witnessed first hand the importance of arts in the community and works towards sharing that same experience with as many people as he can. In his free time, Nathan enjoys running, yoga, singing, movies, and spending time with his friends, family, and dog Bowie.
Board of Directors
Executive Directors Emeritus
Maeta Kaplin (1991-1993)
Barb Koostra (1993-1997)
Mark Martin (1997-2004)
Tom Bensen (2004-2022)