Aug 2017

AWARE’s new logo inspired by the sun 

There’s been much excitement throughout AWARE as it continues to reveal its new brand. Most evident in AWARE’s new look is the logo. It definitely has everyone talking!

The “sun” symbol replaces the historic dancing circle logo, which references the old while bringing in the new. At first glance, you’ll notice seven Vs in a circle. The Vs represent the original dancing circle, symbolizing triumph in the joining of hands. This triumph showers a nurturing sunbeam of light, shining potential on everyone.

Below, find several different versions of the logo (in our corporate gold color), which will be seen in various places throughout AWARE. Two versions of the logo even include the new tagline, We Are AWARE:

AWARE’s new tagline revealed in commercials 

If you haven’t seen it on TV yet, click below to find the second commercial AWARE revealed as part of its new brand rollout in July. As you watch and listen, notice how AWARE’s new tagline is rolled into the commercial. It’s just so inspiring, you gotta love it!



Aug 2017

Growth Thru Art, Cold Mountain Pottery to appear in Billings gallery

Ryniker-Morrison Gallery to feature work from AWARE Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery

BILLINGS, MONT. – Please visit this special art exhibition at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery on display from Aug. 31 – Sept. 28, 2017. This presentation showcases the products amassed by clients affiliated with AWARE Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery programs. Included in this show are exquisite examples of pottery, drawings and paintings. These works are testament to AWARE clients’ needs to explore their creative endeavors or to learn to produce art in a vocational setting.

The Ryniker-Morrison Gallery located in Tech Hall at Rocky Mountain College. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The opening reception is Thursday, Aug. 31, 4 – 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Sally McIntosh at sally.mcintosh@rocky.edu.

Since 2012, Growth Thru Art and Cold Mountain Pottery have operated under AWARE’s umbrella of programs that help families, children and adults live independent lives.

Christine's art is one of many who will appear at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery starting August 31.

Christine’s art (Two Mountains and Lone Tree pictured above) is one of many that will appear at the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery starting Aug. 31, 2017.


Linda Mehlhaff, Growth Thru Art Coordinator
Office: 1.406.656.0928 Cell: 1.406.406.690.2463

Tana Patterson, Cold Mountain Pottery Production Manager
Office: 1.406.656.0928 Cell: 1.406.406.690.2463


Aug 2017

AWARE looking for new owner for KANA 580 AM

As of August 15, KANA 580 AM is looking for a new owner. The decision comes after the radio station became victim of arson in July. The station has been off air ever since.

Director of Community Relations Pat Noonan says AWARE, the current KANA owner, is hoping a local person or entity will take over the radio station.

“KANA is a historical, valuable community resource to Anaconda that’s been around since the mid 1940s,” he said.

For someone interested in taking over KANA, much of the infrastructure is still intact after the arson. Smoke and fire damage has affected the building and broadcast equipment.

However, Noonan says the transmission equipment is working, and the FCC licensing is current. Good news is that this condition makes it easy for KANA to be moved and/or transferred elsewhere.

The decision to offer up KANA was hard, but necessary to ensure AWARE continues with its highest mission of helping adults, children and their families live independent lives.

“Both fire damage and massive state budget cuts in human services this year has made reinvestment by AWARE nearly impossible,” Noonan said.

AWARE acquired KANA from Butte Broadcasting in 2012. Since that time, AWARE has worked to provide Anaconda and Southwest Montana with a community-focused radio broadcast. KANA also offered career opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

During the last few years, KANA has won several awards presented by the Montana Broadcasters Association. Honors include awards in local public service, Anaconda Copperhead athletics coverage and outstanding play-by-play broadcasting.

“For all those involved with KANA, we would like to thank you for your support in building a community-proud radio station,” Noonan said.

If you are interested in learning more about KANA, please contact Pat Noonan or Geri Wyant at 406.563.8117.


Aug 2017

AWARE has a new look and commercials to go with it

As part of its new brand (including our new logo above), four commercials were created to promote AWARE and the excellent services it provides for adults, children and their families in Montana.

The first (revealed below) of the four commercials appeared on CBS stations across Montana in June while two more followed in July. The fourth video is slated to air Sept. 5.

The one-week whirlwind video shoot at AWARE offices and homes was held a couple weeks before the premier. With 1000s of minutes produced, there was plenty of video for the editing team to quickly turn out the four professional commercials.

Thanks to all the AWARE staff who helped gather the things we needed for commercial production! 

During the next four weeks, we’re rolling out each commercial for everyone to take a look. This is for those who haven’t yet seen them on TV or for those who’d like to take a closer look.

Within, you’ll see the hard work the brand team put in to clearly identify AWARE’s mission of helping the people we serve live independent lives.

Click the graphic below to watch the first commercial named Hannah.