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Missoula's Weekly Art & Culture News
APRIL 11, 2016
It's springtime, Missoula! As we usher in the new season with blooming buttercups and greener grass, let's also load up our calendars with local events. Spring always has a way of breathing fresh energy into the arts & culture scene in Missoula!
Before we list the goodness of what's going on around town this week, here is a quick update of the happenings at
Missoula Cultural Council:
- We are seeking artist(s) to show their work at our office at 327 E. Broadway for First Friday on June 3! Please contact Grace at our office with submissions and/or questions (images of work and an artist statement).
- If you haven't already, you'll soon likely see us around collecting surveys for this year's Arts & Economic Prosperity Report. Basically this report allows us to show just how integral the arts are to our community's economy -- so if you see folks with clipboards downtown asking for your opinion on the arts, please stop and say hello! Your feedback is crucial to our success in this project and we couldn't do it without you, Missoula.
- The Missoula Cultural Council has partnered with the City of Missoula and is now the main point of contact for the Public Art Committee. Grace Stopher, our newly hired Public Art Coordinator, is here to answer any questions you may have about public art in Missoula.
- Our very own Executive Director, Tom Bensen, traveled last week to South Korea with Missoula's choral ensemble, Dolce Canto. The group performed with Ansan City Choir for a special concert that aired on South Korean television!
Thank you for your continued support of Missoula Cultural Council. We are so happy to be able to share the arts & culture news with you, and lucky to partner with so many great arts organizations in our city. Have a great week!
Local Missoula Art & Culture News
Holly Andres Comes to MAM
The Missoula Art Museum is honored to share an exhibit by Portland, OR photographer Holly Andres. Displayed in MAM's stately Carnegie Gallery,
Holly Andres: The Homecoming
features photographs selected from three large and several smaller suites of photographs. This exhibition will be on view April 8 - August 20.
Book Reading: Virginia Reeves
Fact & Fiction
back to Missoula for a reading and signing of her debut novel,
Work Like Any Other.
In this astonishingly accomplished, morally complicated, "exceptional and starkly beautiful debut" (Kevin Powers, National Book Award-nominated author of The Yellow Birds), a prideful electrician in 1920s rural Alabama struggles to overcome past sins and find peace after being sent to prison for manslaughter.
The reading will take place at F&F downtown (220 N. Higgins) on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 PM.
Montana World Affairs Council
announces an exclusive screening of the PBS film "
." The screening will
take place on April 12 at 6 PM at the
The film looks into the challenges faced by American diplomats, such as preventing war, promoting economic interests, and addressing global issues. The film is "visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues," says George F. Paik, a former Political Affairs Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) will introduce the film and answer audience questions regarding diplomacy at the event.
Cancer, Courage, & Creativity Workshop
Living Art of Montana
Cancer, Courage & Creativity Workshop
for anyone who has or has had cancer. It runs Wednesdays through April 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Living Art Studio. Call 549-5329, or visit their website by clicking here.
MFA Candidates at UM Present Thesis Exhibitions
UM Master of Fine Arts graduate students Beth Huhtala and David Tarullo will present their thesis exhibitions April 12 - 21 in the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts.
An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public.
The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of UM's Social Science Building and is open from 11 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Friday.
innovateUM: Day of Dialogue
Innovators, change makers and thought leaders will gather at the University of Montana on Wednesday, April 13, for "
innovateUM," a day of dialogue about issues and ideas that shape our lives and our communities.
"We're excited for this opportunity to share the innovation, creativity and research happening at UM with the people of Montana," said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship.
"InnovateUM celebrates the many ways that University of Montana research, creative scholarship and entrepreneurship enhance Montana's economy and promote educational and career opportunities in our state."
Members of the public and the UM community are invited to join the all-day event in the University Center, which include talks, conversations, a technology expo, art and food. For a complete innovateUM schedule, visit the website.
Poetry Readings by Two Highly Acclaimed UM Alumni
Two alumni of the
University of Montana's Creative Writing Program
will bring their poetry to UM at 7 PM on Friday, April 15, at UM's
Payne Family Native American Center
, Room 105.
This month's event will feature readings by UM alumni
and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at UM and the Programs of National Distinction.
Theo Ellsworth & Daniel Scott Morris Costume Show
Join Radius Gallery for a supremely fun event in conjunction with Radius Gallery's show, Last Best Dream: Surrealism, Here & Now. Theo Ellsworth and Daniel Scott Morris will be entertaining us with their unique and highly crafted puppets in a puppet show for the closing reception -- talk about going out in Surreal fashion!
It will be an evening of handmade, otherworldly monster costumes presented as living installation pieces, so art in action if you will.
The festivities take place Friday, April 15 at 5 PM. Call Radius Gallery at 541-7070 or send an email for more information.
NCBI Missoula for the 7th Annual
Diversity Day at the
Missoula Senior Center on Saturday, April 16 from 6 - 10 PM. Members of our Youth Advisory Council are planning a highly anticipated event showcasing local youth talent in the arts, including song, dance, and spoken word focused around the theme "Diverse City". We're excited to announce that this year's headliners will be hip-hop artists MC Rhetorik and Yaz Like Jaws.
Respectively representing the Pueblo of Kewa and Blackfeet Nation, these MCs use their music to bring the struggle for social and environmental justice to the forefront of our consciousness. This is a free and family-friendly event. For more information, visit
Economic Development in Indian Country
The University of Montana
Native American Law Students Association will host its annual
Indian Law Week, Monday through Friday, April 11 - 15. This year's theme is "Economic Development in Indian Country."
During the week NALSA will host lunchtime presentations with speakers who will discuss a variety of topics impacting tribal communities. These sessions will be held from 12 - 1 PM, April 11 - 14, on the UM campus. The Monday and Wednesday presentations will be held in Law Building Room 201, and the Tuesday and Thursday lunch sessions will be held in Law Building Room 101. The discussions are free and open to the public.
Click here for more info.
24th Annual Run for the Trees
Missoula's urban forest needs you! Celebrate National Arbor Month with a fun walk or run along the Riverfront trail system. The 24th annual
Run for The Trees
is Saturday, April 16, at 10 AM at Silver Park.
Enter the 1-mile fun run, 5k run/walk or the 10k race. Proceeds help plant new trees in parks, boulevards and schools.
In honor of Missoula's 28th consecutive Tree City USA award, all racers receive a free tree seedling to plant and a race t-shirt. Participants are also eligible for race awards and exciting door prizes. Youth 10 and under may run the 1-mile race for free.
Register online at
. Late registration, April 2 through April 15, is $25. The race is sponsored by Run Wild Missoula, Parks and Recreation, Republic Services, The Good Food Store and Trees for Missoula.
Jazzoula in Missoula!
The 12th annual
Jazzoula features four nights of great instrumental and vocal jazz, April 18 - 21, at
St. Anthony's Parish. Four or five bands will perform each night at 6:30 PM. A number of Missoula's favorite performers and jazz luminaries will take turns on stage, including Bob Packwood, Joan Zen, the Chuck Florence Quartet, Jodi Marshall and David Morgenroth. Tickets are $10-$12 or $20-$25 for a four-night pass. Call 543-3129.
Upcoming Classes at ZACC
Boys Rock Camp:
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 11 - May 18, 4 - 6 PM
In this camp, boys will build self esteem through music exploration. Regardless of musical experience, campers will receive instrument instruction, form a band, write an original song, and perform at Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat Lounge. Boys will also learn about music history, attend song-writing clinics, talk about stage presence, create flyers for their upcoming show, design a band logo and screen T-shirts, and more. Boys will also get to meet other musicians in Missoula and be exposed to different local bands for lunch-time concerts. Part of the goal of the camp will be to create a safe, welcoming space for boys to spend quality time together, build relationships, and find their creative, rocking voice! Open to boys age 8 through 15.
$235 /$225 for members | Registration required
Paint N' Pour:
April 12, 6 - 8 PM
Allow us to pour you a glass of wine, load up your pallet, and instruct you on how to paint your own personal masterpiece. Our instructor will present easy step-by-step directions with plenty of opportunity for the creative juices to flow and diverge so each piece is unique to the creator. Bring a friend or two, or make it a date night with your significant other. No painting experience required. Canvases, paint, wine, and laughter all provided!
$25 /$20 for members | Registration required
Glass Fusing Orientation Class:
April 13, 6 - 8 PM
Ready to learn how to fuse glass? This introductory class will cover the basics of glass-from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold-making, and glass aftercare. Once you have attended this fun night of glass fusing you're welcome to come in anytime and work in our Glass Fusing Studio!
$20/$15 for members + cost of glass
Screen-Printers for Beginners: Tuesdays, April 19 - May 17, 6 - 8 PM
This dynamic five-week class is the perfect introduction and further discovery into the world of screen-printing! Learn the fundamentals of screening on paper and fabric. After this class you will have the proficiency and confidence to coat and expose screens, register colors and print their artwork to their satisfaction, all while leaving with vibrant multilayered prints. All inks, photo emulsion, and some paper included in materials fee.
$115 /$105 for members | Registration required
Art Associates of Missoula, April Meeting
Art Associates of Missoula
monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 20, 10 AM in the Education Center of the
Missoula Art Museum
, (335 N. Pattee St.)
Pam Caughey, encaustic and mixed media 'experimental' artist will be sharing her art and process!
Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Susie at 544-0891.
Events To Look Forward To...
The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on National Tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the exhibition to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in 2016. UM was selected as the only location in Montana to feature the exhibit. The First Folio will be on display at UM May 9-31, at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. It is cosponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and MMAC.
The production condenses the great works of Shakespeare into irreverent and hilarious micro-performances at breakneck speed. The cast improvises throughout the show, invoking modern pop culture and involving the audience.
The UM School of Theatre & Dance will perform "Romeo and Juliet" Wednesday through Saturday, April 27 - 30, and Tuesday through Saturday, May 3 - 7.
Missoula Symphony Orchestra:
Pictures of Power
Missoula Symphony Orchestra presents the season finale, "
Pictures of Power,"
featuring Music Director Darko Butorac and pianist Katherine Chi. The concert will take place April 23 at 7:30 PM and April 24 at 3 PM in the Dennison Theatre.
The 61st Season Finale features a concert full of life and color as we're joined by world-renowned pianist Katherine Chi. The raw energy of the opener will be balanced with the jazzy spirit of Ravel's Piano Concerto, before we close with the cheer-inducing and powerful "Pictures at an Exhibition."
For tickets and more information
visit their website
, call 721-3194, or stop by the symphony office at 320 E. Main Street.
Coming Up at MCT...
The Missoula Children's Theatre is ready for summer day camp fun with your Grades 1-12 kids! Convenient, online registration is now available for Blackbeard The Pirate (June 20-26), The Pied Piper (July 5-10) and The Wiz of The West (July 18-24). To learn more and enjoy early registration discounts, visit MCTinc.org today!
The Missoula Community Theatre is taking you and your family to new heights with Mary Poppins. Bring the whole family to enjoy this musical favorite which runs April 28 - May 1, May 4 - 8 and 11 - 15. (Thursday, April 28 is MCT Premiere Night). Tickets to see your favorite flying nanny are flying out of the box office, so get yours today at MCTinc.org. Call 728-7529 for more information.
Contests, Calls, and Postings
Public Art Call: Traffic Signal Boxes
City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes (TSB) located throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signal boxes as "canvases," greatly enhancing Missoula's visual surroundings.
Proposals are due June 3
. Previously painted TSB's can be viewed at
the city's website.
Past TSB models are on view at Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties through the month of April.
Student Art Contest:
Search for Peace
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is hosting its annual
Search for Peace Student Art Contest. The theme this year is:
welcoming others as a way of finding and promoting peace within our community.
Students are encouraged to express what they feel it means to be welcoming toward others and how that is expressed both daily and in times of crisis and discrimination. Accepted entries may include any form of artwork, essays, poetry, and photography.
The contest is open to all ages from kindergarten to university students and there will be cash prizes for the winners in each category: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Collaborative (two or more students). Submissions are due Friday, April 22, to the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center (519 S. Higgins.)
Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form which can be picked up at the Peace Center.
he art will be displayed on First Friday, May 6.
More information is available by email or
Seeking Participants: ZooTown Fringe
Registration is open for Missoula's annual
ZooTown Fringe Festival
ZooTown Fringe is a self-produced festival; participants are responsible for staging and promoting their own projects. The Fringe promotes the festival as a whole; the participants are responsible for ensuring patrons are aware and interested in their project. For participants, the Fringe is an opportunity for exposure, experience, and income. To participate, visit the website for information about how to apply. This year's festival is August 16 - 23.
Accepting Submissions: Montana Book Festival
The Montana Book Festival is a celebration of literary arts held each fall in downtown Missoula that seeks to provide a dynamic, evolving forum for literary engagement, as well as to foster literary community and enthusiasm for the written word by among readers of all ages.
Missoula Art Museum Seeks a Registrar
Missoula Art Museum is hiring for a registrar. The MAM Registrar oversees maintenance and supervision of MAM's collections, including acquisition, storage, cataloging, and packing and shipping of artworks. The Registrar provides high quality care and conservation of artworks and monitors environmental conditions in storage and in exhibitions and advocates for collections, provides and supervises access to collections. If you are interested in learning more about this position visit
SPARK! Seeks Director
SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning
, Missoula's chapter of the Kennedy Center's
Any Given Child
initiative, is seeking a Director to lead the initiative. SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in
Missoula County Public Schools
. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.
For more information and the application, visit SPARK!'s website.
Humanities Montana Seeks Program Officer
, a vibrant statewide nonprofit organization, seeks a
to begin June 13 in their Missoula office. The position description and required skills are
Please submit a resume and a detailed letter of application indicating how your training, experience, and talents fit the position description.
Include the names and contact information for at least three references who can speak to your effectiveness in a work place setting.
Regional Art & Culture News
YAM Art Call: Skateboard Design Competition & Exhibition
As an adjunct to the
Yellowstone Art Museum's exhibition
Harold Schlotzhauer: The Shape of Motion, the museum announces an open call to all area skateboarders living in south-central Montana to compete in 360°,a skateboard design competition and exhibition.
Application forms and design templates are available at the museum's front reception desk or
. Entries are due April 26 by 5 PM. All family-friendly entries will be exhibited on the gallery walls May 3 - 29, with a celebration in June to follow.
This Month at Emerson Center for Arts & Culture
Weaver Room: March 11 - April 22
Works by MSU Graduate Students
This mixed media, group show will feature several student artists with work ranging from ceramics, painting and lithography. A closing reception will be held, date TBD.
Visit Emerson's website
for more details.
Crown Guitar Workshop Scholarship Available
Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF)
scholarship applications are due on Tuesday, May 31 to attend the seventh annual
Crown Guitar Workshop
held on August 28 - Sept. 4.
Students, teachers and performers of all ages who reside in Flathead, Lake, Sanders, Missoula, and Ravalli counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The workshop will be held at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT. Please call 855-855-5900 for more information, or click here to visit online.
Shakespeare First Folio Discovered on Isle of Bute, in Time for an Anniversary
Just in time for the global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of
's death, a stately home on a small Scottish island is announcing a surprise party gift: the unveiling of a previously unknown First Folio.
The book, owned by the seventh Marquess of Bute, Johnny Dumfries, had been shelved in the library at
Mount Stuart House
, an enormous Gothic revival pile and tourist attraction on the Isle of Bute, in the Firth of Clyde, about 60 miles west of Glasgow. Read the rest of this article at The New York Times...
Vintage Gas Stations In Pictures
The gas station is one of the most iconic of all 20th century buildings. David Campany collected gas-pump images used by the press between 1944 and 1995 for a
showing everything from bikini-clad filling attendants to petrol shortage panics. View the rest of the photos at The Guardian....
Text on reverse reads: Closeup of the new head to be inserted in gas pump - this one will record four digits instead of the old three
Photograph: David Campany/courtesy MACK
Virtuosos, Hungary's TV Talent Search for Young Classical Musicians is Going Global
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- Advocating for public and private support of the arts and cultural activities.
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- Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world.
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Advanced Imaging at Community Medical Center
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Fact & Fiction
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e3 Convergence Gallery
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Nancy Seiler Studio & Gallery
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
A Carousel for Missoula
The Artists' Shop
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Flaherty Financial Services
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Missoula Cultural Council Board & Staff
Immediate Past President
Board of Directors
Tom Bensen | Executive Director
Matt Anglen | Program Director
Grace Stopher | Public Art Coordinator
Missoula Cultural Council | 327 E. Broadway | P.O. Box 7662 | Missoula, MT | 59807
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