spectrUM Discovery Area

How might you create a third place that inspires the next generation of Montanans about STEM, higher education, and their bright futures?

Holly leading meeting for spectrUM


As the founding director of spectrUM, Holly, together with a talented staff and a dynamic board brought to life a vision for a hands-on-science museum. Fourteen years after the original idea was proposed in a National Science Foundation grant, the museum serves as a cornerstone for budding Montana scientists and stands as a fixture in the Missoula community. Holly led the organization through expansive growth, moving it to three increasingly larger locations during her tenure. With the long-held goal of removing cost as a barrier to entry, she helped lead the design of its new home in the library-museum complex, where access will be free to all. Beyond its four walls, Holly used principles of creative engagement and co-creative initiatives to bring hands-on science to rural and tribal communities throughout Montana.