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August 15, 2016
Zootown Fringe Festival

Zootown Fringe Festival is Missoula's 4th annual performance art Smörgåsbord. Continuing the Fringe legacy that began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, the Zootown Fringe Festival will celebrate and honor alternative theater and visual art in various venues throughout Missoula, August 16-20, 2016. 

The Zootown Fringe Festival is a platform for self-produced, non-juried, un-censored performances!  View the Fringe schedule online here !
Artist Lecture: Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller created the monumental, site-specific sculpture Exit Strategies at MAM. Join her for a lecture on August 16th at 7:00 PM. She will discuss how her background in fashion and recent move to Portland, OR, have influenced her large-scale vinyl and zipper sculptures.  Free and everyone is welcome.  This is your last chance to view this exhibition! Visit MAM's site for more info.
Book Signing at Fact & Fiction

Join author Joe Anderson on Saturday, August 20th, at the downtown Fact & Fiction bookstore. He will sign copies of his book, Face the Music, at 10:30 AM. Visit F&F website for more info.
Singer Songwriters at the Roxy

What has 28 albums, a Grammy Nomination, multiple "Best Musician" awards from the Missoula Independent, a USA Songwriter Grand Prize and a Northwest Emmy Award winning Television performance? The combination of Missoula singer songwriters Susan Gibson, Tom Catmull, Jenn Adams and John Floridis!

Attend an evening of sharing songwriting  by four of Missoula, Montana's pioneer and veteran independent singer songwriters at the Roxy Theater on Tuesday, August 23, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are for sale at Roxy Theater and at Rockin' Rudy's in Missoula. $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door. 
Auditions for Tarzan the Musical

Bring out your best Tarzan call of the jungle, because the Missoula Community Theatre is holding open auditions on August 28 for Tarzan the Stage Musical! The audition will take place at MCT Center for the Performing Arts on the third floor. Children ages 10-15 audition from 12:30-2 PM, and those ages 16 and above audition from 2-4:30 PM. This is a highly physical show. Actors with tumbling skills are encouraged to audition. Call 728-7529 for more info.
Dearly Beloved at Hamilton Playhouse

As the wedding season is drawing to a close in the Bitterroot, join the Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink in their nuptial nightmare! Dearly Beloved showtimes are  August 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. Reserve your tickets online or call the box office at 375-9050.

Friendship Force Trip to New Zealand

In conjunction with Thames-Coromandel and Whangarei Friendship Force groups, join Friendship Force for an exchange to New Zealand November 3 - 26, 2016. Enjoy a seven day tour of the North Island, two weeks of home hosting, and travel with new friends!  Email Gwen Harfst , or call at 360-481-0901 to learn more and reserve your place.
Glass Fusing Orientation at ZACC

Glass Fusing Orientation Class: August 17th, 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 or $15 for ZACC members + cost of glass. Visit Zootown Arts website.
TAPESTRY Improvisation Class

Turning the Wheel Missoula introduces TAPESTRY, a guided movement improvisation class with equal parts play, depth and organic creative collaboration. You will come away every week feeling inspired, alive and capable of continuing to generate and create, things that are vitally important to well being.

This class is guided by Lulu Delphine and Lizzi Juda on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 PM, September 14-November 16, at Headwaters Dance Co. Register by calling 544-7561 or email Lulu.
Beginning Aikido for Adults

Try the martial art of harmony with an orientation on Saturday afternoon September 10th followed by four guided basics classes. 

For more information visit, call 549-8387 or come by the dojo at 208 E. Main. Preregistration required by September 7th.

Radius Gallery: The Changing Moment

Radius Gallery's 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition features 100 exquisite artwork by 61 artists surrounding the theme, "The Changing Moment."  Artworks were selected by three distinguished jurors:  Kristi Scott,  Hadley Ferguson, and  Liz Dye. This exhibition is on view through September 16.

Visit Radius Gallery at 114 E. Main and online.

MAM: Current Exhibitions

The Missoula Art Museum presents local and regional contemporary artists with exhibitions changing every 3-6 months. Visit  MAM's website for information about current and upcoming exhibitions.

Newest exhibition: " Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015"  through December 10, 2016.

MMAC: Current Exhibitions

The  Montana Museum of Art & Culture at University of Montana hosts two incredible exhibitions this summer:

Wood Engravers Network Triennial Exhibition
June 9 - September 17,  Paxson Gallery

Dramatic Moments: Frederic Remington's Early Engravings, 1882-1895
June 9 - September 17,  Meloy Gallery

Enjoy a free public lecture: "Remington's Formative Years," by art collector and educator Lee Silliman, on September 8th from 7 - 8:30 PM at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture.

Please visit MMAC's website for more info.
VonCommon Autumn Group Show

VonCommon Artist Collective calls for artists to respond to the theme, "This is What Democracy Feels Like."  With this art call, artists are encouraged to create an expression of how they perceive and exercise democracy as a living breathing concept. Information about the art call and how to submit is available online here.
Deadline: September 11, 2016
Festival of the Dead

ZACC seeks submissions for the 5th Annual Festival of the Dead group art show inspired by the  theme "
Heroes, Dreamers, and Fighters." Details online. 
Deadline: September 18, 2016
3rd Annual Radius Holiday Show

Radius Gallery invites artists to submit their original artworks to its third annual Holiday Show. Last year's show was very well received by gift buyers and collectors alike-with over 100 artworks sold! This year's show promises to be even bigger and better. Find out all details online here. Deadline: September 25, 2016
Volunteer Night at Missoula Children's Theatre

Join MCT as we celebrate our past (that's you), present (that's you, too!) and future (we hope that's YOU!) volunteers. Open to the general public so all are welcome!

Missoula Art Museum Seeks Art Guides

MAM's Art Guide Program trains dedicated individuals to lead tours of MAM exhibitions for all ages. Employing the Visual Thinking Strategies approach, Art Guides reach audiences by helping them learn to look at, appreciate, and respond to contemporary art. If you're passionate about art and enjoy sharing the museum experience, the Art Guide Program is perfect for you!  For more info on becoming an art guide, contact  Renee Taaffe .

Join MAM for an  Art Guide Open House  on Friday, August 26th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. 
Get together with MAM staff and the other art guides to relax and kickoff a new season at the museum. Food and libations will be served. 
Help Welcome International Students

T he Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) is seeking volunteer families, couples and single people to become Community Friends to a growing number of international students and scholars who will begin studies at the University of Montana this fall. This is NOT a home stay and Community Friends have no financial obligations for the students or scholars. Many international students want to get to know Americans on a more personal basis and are eager to share their culture with you.  This program is free to both students and Community Friends.  For more information or to apply see   Completed applications must be submitted by August 27, 2016.
Missoula Cultural Council Seeks Administrative Assistant

Missoula Cultural Council is hiring for a part-time Administrative Assistant.  This position will provide clerical support to the Missoula Cultural Council, and serve as the liaison with the city of Missoula Public Art Committee (PAC). Job closes on August 19, 2016.

Read the whole job description here.
Sussex School Seeks K-8th Grade Music Teacher

Sussex School, an independent, K-8th grade school is hiring a music teacher (.8 FTE)  for the 2016/17 school year. Sussex focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth in our students through place-based, experiential education and a focus on community. For more information about the position and how to apply, visit the Sussex website.
Clay Studio: Summertime High Tea

This late summer celebration offers an appetizing selection of high tea themed snacks and desserts prepared by local baker Margaret Ambrose-Barton . Clay Studio of Missoula's talented ceramic artists will provide guests with one handmade cup and plate to take home.  Local teas by Lake Missoula Tea Co.,  coffee, and wine will also be served, along with live music by local musicians Wailing Jennings and The Work Release Program. 

Purchase your tickets in advance for Summertime High Tea on Sunday, August 28, at 4 PM.  Tickets must be reserved and purchased prior to the event. Limited tickets are available for this special event. We will be unable to sell tickets at the event.

Call 543-0509 to learn more and purchase tickets.
Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival

Founded by classical-guitar enthusiast David Feffer five years ago, Crown Guitar Fest has turned the arty, well-heeled town of Bigfork, Montana into an international center for the study and appreciation of the guitar. The week-long event takes place at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge, August 28-September 4, 2016.

For information about the Artists in Residence, the workshops, and the festival lineup, visit Crown's website.

Purchase your tickets by calling 855-855-5900.
Missoula Art Museum Breaks Ground on Art Park Project

The MAM, city of Missoula and Adventure Cycling celebrated the completion of a three-year design and fundraising process for the Missoula Art Park with a groundbreaking ceremony, where nine "honorary shovelers" in bright orange hard-hats dug into the ground. Read more here!
These 50 Images Capture The Rare Beauty Of Rio's Street Art Scene

In Rio de Janeiro, street art is king.  Thanks to a decree signed by the Brazilian city's mayor in 2012, all graffiti and street art created on designated city property  is legal . (And street art created on private property is permitted with the consent of property owners.) That's why panoramic shots of the  2016 Olympic hub  often include hints of painted walls or building-size portraits. There is a lot of outdoor artwork to see in Rio.
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Missoula Cultural Council  serves as a resource for the coordination, development and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community, with the goals of:
  • Advocating for public and private support of the arts and cultural activities.
  • Encouraging collaborative efforts among local arts organizations.

  • Educating community leaders and policy makers about the economic benefits of the arts.
  • Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world.
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When you become a member of the Missoula Cultural Council, you support all of our wonderful events and our creative community. As a member, you demonstrate a shared commitment to our mission. Most importantly, your contribution helps to ensure the future of the arts in our community.  Whether you share a passion for the performing arts, visual arts, or the humanities, the Missoula Cultural Council has it all. But we can't do it without your help. Join us today!

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Missoula Cultural Council Board & Staff
Frankie Flaherty

Vice President
Greg Boris

Immediate Past President
Pam Walzer

Micki Frederikson

Gwen Landquist
Board of Directors
Laura Bovard
John Combs
Greg Johnson
Greg Nemoff
Katie Patten
Inay Todd
Jacque Walawander

Tom Bensen  |  Executive Director
Matt Anglen  |  Program Director
Grace Stopher  |  Public Art Coordinator

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