art + culture news  // April 1, 2019
Arts & Culture Awards

April 9 // 11:30 am // Doubletree Edgewater

Tickets on Sale Now!

Reserve your seat for the annual Arts & Culture Awards Luncheon hosted by Arts Missoula. Each year Arts Missoula takes time to honor those who have made significant contributions to our cultural landscape through art, education, philanthropy, and more. Join us in celebrating this year's honorees. Tickets and more details - including this year's winners - can be found here.

This Week in Missoula
Potsketch Preview Opening Reception
Clay Studio of Missoula
April 5 // 5:30 - 9 pm
Get a sneak peek of the Clay Studio of Missoula's annual Potsketch Auction & Gala. All are welcome to bid on silent auction items from April 5 - 17 and online from April 8 - 18. Join us for a First Friday opening. More details available  here.

First Friday Gallery Walk // Downtown Missoula // 5 - 8 pm
Get the full schedule of exhibitions on display this first friday from Arts Missoula's gallery guide.

Upcoming Events

Potsketch 2019 Auction Gala
April 20 // 5:30 pm
University Center Ballroom
The evening's events include live music by The Captain Wilson Conspiracy, food and beverages, and the opportunity to make final bids on Potsketches and one of a kind ceramic works auctioned by Randy Kearns. Tickets are currently available at early bird pricing of $55/member $60/GA until April 5.

Webinar & Film Series // Friends of Jung
"The Missoula Friends of Jung organization invites you to a timely new discussion series examining the transformative power of women's anger." Seminars occur Apr. 10, May 9 (both at The Red Willow Center). All occur 6-8pm. For details on films & more info please contact

Missoula Old Time Social // April 25 - 27
The Missoula Old Time Social is a three-day gathering celebrating traditional, old time music and dance. The Social features old time jams, concerts, workshops, a community square dance, and a grand cakewalk, all with the purpose of bringing people together in real time, face-to-face, to share in the experience of creating, enjoying, and dancing to homemade music. All are encouraged to participate-pick up an instrument, learn to clog, try your hand at square dancing, join in on a cakewalk. Likewise, this event is for everyone, beginners and experts alike. The Old Time Social is all about having a good time, and, well, it's a social. We hope you'll join in on the fun.

Author Melissa Kwansy @ Shakespeare & Co. // April 17, 7 pm
Montana author Melissa Kwasny joins us for a reading from her first book of non-fiction,
Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear . Putting on the Dog brings to life fascinating details about the historic ceremonial and practical use of animals as clothing, helping us bridge the growing rift between human consciousness and consumption with the interdependence and sustenance that the natural world offers us. Melissa Kwasny lives outside of Jefferson City, Montana, in the Elkhorn Mountains. She is an award winning poet and a visiting writer at the University of Montana.

Regional Events

"Of Dreams" by Tory Elena // Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
[Bozeman, MT]
February 8th - April 26th
Quite a few new exhibitions are opening at the Emerson this February. One being, "Of Dreams" by Tory Elena in the Lobby Gallery. Artwork features the artist's dreams day and night. For more details on this show and others at the Emerson Center, follow this link:  More Info!

Classes & Workshops

Community Chorus
Sing with the Pura Vida Community Chrous this Spring!
February 13th - May 15th
at Salvation Army, Missoula
Wednesday's 7-9pm

Playing With The Band 
(406) 396-3352

Missoula Art Museum
Lakebottom Sound
Free Sessions
[First Sundays 6-8pm at Imagine Nation Brewing]

Modern Dance Class with Bare Bait Dance
Open Space, 005, PARTV Building, U of MTuesdays, 5:30-7pm
  Contact →

Painted Color Ceramics

For more details on Painted Color Ceramics & Classes: Website!

Hand Drumming Series
Starting March 21
$60/5 week class
$14/1 class drop in
Contact Matthew Marsolek:

On Thursday, March 21 st Lawrence Duncan of Drum Brothers  will be offering a new  5 week West African Hand Drumming Series . Everyone is welcome and extra drums will be available. This series will start from the ground up, so no previous experience is necessary! Students will learn the tones and techniques of West African hand drumming, a beginning repertoire of rhythms, ensemble playing, and the fundamentals of rhythm awareness.

The Clay Studio of Missoula

partners + affiliates

Missoula Art Museum Training for Art Guides and Education Volunteers

Volunteer at the ZACC! 

Volunteer at the Roxy Theater

Montana Book Festival is OPEN for Submissions. The Festival will take place September 12th-15th.

River City Roots Festival
Seeking visual artists for art fair
Deadline: April 12
Event Dates: August 23 & 24
Booth Fee: $150 - $200

The University of Montana's Creative Pulse [Arts Integration] Graduate Program is accepting applicants. Apply TODAY!
2019 Dunrovin Ranch Equine Ranch Extravaganza
Dunrovin Ranch would like to invite you to participate in an extraordinary art contest that involves using live horses as art canvases! If you are interested please email by April 19th. Designs due May 31st.
Ketchum, ID Arts Commission is seeking submissions for an outdoor public art piece for "Art on Fourth", Ketchum's summer sculpture exhibition.
Applications Due: April 1st
HandMADE Montana Summer Fair Applications Due APRIL 1st
  KBGA Missoula Artist radio show. Talk about an art event, life as an artist, etc.
Check out [Montana Arts Council] eNews for their art calls and other resources!