Cultivating & Celebrating

Literary Livingston

Welcome to Elk River Arts & Lectures

Since our founding in 2013, Elk River Arts & Lectures has brought people together to cultivate and celebrate the literary arts in Park County. We began by inviting an array of world-class authors to share their perspectives in free public lectures, then interact with students in local classrooms. More recently, ERAL has done more and more to enrich and engage our community with literary activities of all kinds. Our programs enlist the many writers and creative individuals who give our community its unique character to share their knowledge and passion with others. We support youth-driven creative endeavors, such as our teen writing club and their zine. And we have more plans in the pipeline to deploy the literary arts to foster a sense of connection among people of all ages throughout Park County.

Our organization fosters connection through literary arts programming.

The countdown is on!

Give a Hoot 2024

July 1-31, 2024 (early giving starts June 24!)

GIVE A HOOT is Park County’s 6th annual community-wide online giving challenge to support nonprofit causes, hosted by the Park County Community Foundation. It takes place from July 1 – 31, 2024 and Elk River Arts & Lectures is thrilled to be a part of it!

How does GIVE A HOOT work? Starting July 1st, donors can make gifts to participating nonprofits by giving online, sending a check made out to the Park County Community Foundation as well as an official donor form to the Park County Community Foundation (P.O. Box 2199 Livingston, MT 59047), or stopping by the GIVE A HOOT Headquarters (104 S. Main Street in Livingston).

We will receive 100% of the gifts designated to Elk River Arts & Lectures through the GIVE A HOOT campaign AND those gifts will be  partially matched by the Park County Community Foundation! Donations can start as small as $5 but they all add up to a big impact. Visit our campaign page to get involved:

Thank you for helping us make sure that Literary Livingston continues to thrive.

Our Mission



Expose Park County to diverse ideas to strengthen our community.



Cultivate and celebrate Livingston’s literary heritage.



We advocate for affordable living conditions for the literary arts community.



Enrich the lives of Park County students and residents with educational, entertaining and edifying opportunities.



Enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community.



Provide vibrant programming for our community’s young people.

Livingston’s Literary Heritage

A river of stories runs through us

A brief history of literary Livingston, from Jo Sykes to the Montana Gang and beyond.