art + culture news  // december 10, 2018
First Night Missoula // Monday, December 31st, noon to midnight

What is First Night?
First Night Missoula is a community built festival that highlights talented local and regional musicians, performers, and other artists in several venues throughout Missoula. Join us this New Year's Eve to celebrate 25 years of entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through the arts. We have tons of new exciting performances this year including the UofM Circus Club, a Comedy Showcase, Bluegrass Showcase and more!
Purchase your Admission Buttons:
This year is the 25th Anniversary of First Night Missoula. We have rolled our prices back to $10 per button ($15 on NYE). An admission button gets you into ANY First Night event (unless otherwise specified). Spotlight will not be requiring additional tickets. All you need is your First Night admission button. You can purchase First Night Buttons through our website, HERE! OR at button outlets. Button outlets include: All Missoula Albertson's locations, Fact & Fiction Books, Missoula Fresh Market Broadway & Reserve, Good Food Store Missoula, Missoula Downtown Association, Rockin' Rudy's, Rosauer's, Southgate Mall, Worden's Market, Super 1 Foods, Harvest Foods, Chapter One Bookstore. 

First Night Missoula requires LOTS of volunteer help.  We have volunteer check-in shifts, ushering and administrative shifts. We value our volunteers and their time! Each volunteer receives a free First Night Admission button to enjoy performances before and after their shifts. Interested in helping out? Thank you so much in advance. Click here to sign up: VOLUNTEER! or call us at (406)-541-0860.

Support First Night: 
At Arts Missoula we have always focused on paying our First Night artists, for without them there would be no celebration.  In addition, there are the costs of technical assistance, venue rental, insurance, marketing, and providing food and beverage for our volunteers. While many First Night celebrations across the country are shutting their doors, we're looking for your help to keep this community event alive. All donations are tax-deductible. Click HERE! if you are interested in supporting First Night! THANK YOU.
this week in missoula

Cirque Musica Presents: Wonderland 
Tuesday, December 11th, 7:30pm
[at the Adams Center, UofM Campus]
Get your tickets to a magical show by Cirque Musica featuring the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. "Cirque Musica presents Wonderland - a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and the holiday cheer that is Wonderland."  Tickets & More Info!

Elf the Musical! // Missoula Community Theatre
Through December 16th
It's that time of year! Join MCT for a fun and festive performance of Elf this winter.This is the first ever production of this show in Western Montana. For tickets and more details head to MCT's  Website!

All City Jazz // Downtown Dance Collective
Thursday, December 13th, 7pm
Join local high school students for an evening of free Jazz combos led by Professor, Rob Tapper. Click here for more details:  Website!
Arts Associates of Missoula Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 12th, 10am
[at Missoula Country Club]
The Arts Associates of Missoula will be holding their annual Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Exchange at the Missoula County Club this week. Call Susie at (406)-549-0752 for details. 

Support Arts in Education // SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning
Support SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, an initiative of the Kennedy Center through their 100 for 100 campaign. You can help send an entire Missoula County Public School classroom to an arts experience by giving $100 (or just $8.33 per month for one year!)  Donate here!

The Clay Studio of Missoula's Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 15th, 2-6pm
Head to the Clay Studio this December to paint-a-decoration, participate in free pottery lessons, listen to music, and purchase handmade gifts! (Holiday Exhibition & Sale is December 7th - 22nd). Head to the Clay Studio  Website! for details.

A Very Special Christmas // The Montana A Cappella Society 
Saturday, December 15th, 7:30pm
[Performing Arts Center Hamilton High School, Hamilton, MT]
Montana A Cappella Society welcomes you to a free concert with donations accepted to support their upcoming Italy trip. Enjoy a beautiful holiday performance!  Website!
upcoming events

2 for $15 First Night Admission Button Sale // Southgate Mall Missoula
Wednesday, December 19th 10am-5pm
Getting your last minute holiday shopping done at the mall? Stop by on Wednesday the 19th and purchase your First Night Admission buttons two for $15! (Regular price $10). It's a screamin' deal!  First Night Info!

John Floridis and Ed Stalling // Missoula Benefit Concerts
Sunday, December 16th, 7pm
At First United Methodist Church, For Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. Sponsored by Boone Karlberg P.C., Rattlesnake Market and Cafe and In Honor of the John Ellis Foundation.
Thursday, December 20th, 7pm
At Downtown Dance Collective, For The Poverello Center. Sponsored by Blue Line Development and Roemers Point S. $20 Tickets at DDC and DDC Website!

100% of proceeds go to named organizations. For more info:  Website!

Regional Events

Celebration of the Arts Exhibit // Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
On display through January 25th
[Bozeman, MT]
The Emerson Center in Bozeman is holding their fourth annual Celebration of the Arts Exhibit. This is a juried collection of original art that honors artists who have contributed work to the Celebration of the Arts Fundraiser. This culminating event takes place Friday, January 25th.  Website!

  50 Works for 50 Years the Hockaday Collection // Hockaday Museum of Art 
On Display: December 7th through February 23rd
[Kalispell, MT]
Heading to Kalispell for the holidays? Check out their current show that presents their collection of art from the last 50 years!  Website!

classes, workshops, + tours

Playing With The Band 
For registration and questions:
(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 →

Drop-In Classes 
  with Downtown Dance Collective  
Ages 13+
For all experience levels

The Clay Studio of Missoula

Fantastic Animals with Elisha Harteis
(Ages 5+)
November 29th - December 20th

Alessandro Gallo Workshop
December 19th
10am - 5pm

For information on ALL classes at The Clay Studio of Missoula click,  here!

partners + affiliates
job/ volunteer postings
Missoula Art Museum 
Call for Art Teachers

Volunteer at the ZACC! 

Volunteer at the Roxy Theater


Missoula Downtown Association Vote for your favorite Downtown Missoula holiday window! Paper ballots can be picked up  at participating businesses & returned to MSO Hub or Missoula Chamber of Commerce! (Vote through December 18th)
KBGA Missoula Artist radio show. Talk about an art event, life as an artist, etc.

Missoula Symphony
 Orchestra Season Tickets 
On Sale 
Check out [Montana Arts Council] eNews for their art calls and other resources!
City of Missoula Public Art Committee Artist Registry! SIGN UP to be the first to receive art calls!
ongoing exhibitions

Annual Family & Friends Show
at the ZACC
Through December
Holiday Exhibition & Sale
at the Clay Studio of Missoula
Through December 22nd
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Kathle en Herlihy-Paoli: Act Three
at Missoula Art Museum
Through December 15th
Holiday Show
Radius Gallery
Through December 24th 
The Art of Silk
at  The Artists' Shop
Through January 31st

The William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming
at Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Through June 15th, 2019

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