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August 22, 2016
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! Join these  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. 
Girls Rock Camp Performance

This week at ZACC's summer camp, the Girls Rock Camp (young rockers ages 8-15) formed three bands, learned to play instruments, wrote their own songs, and now will perform publicly for the first time at Family Friendly Fridays at the Top Hat Lounge. Come cheer them on as they hit the stage! Friday, August 26th, starting at 6:00 pm. Free.
Poetry Reading at Shakespeare & Co.

On Friday, August 26th at 7:00pm, hear poets Z.G. Tomaszewski and Todd Davis read from their new books, Z.G.'s All Things Dusk, and Todd's Winterkill.

For more information, visit the authors' websites:
Poetry Reading at Fact & Fiction

Come to Fact & Fiction on Thursday, August 25th, to hear author Christianne Balk read from her book of poetry, Holding Hours. The reading and signing will take place at the downtown location starting at 6:30 pm.

Emotion, raw and unadorned, is woven through the poems of Christianne Balk's The Holding Hours. Part I explores the subtle and surprising transformations that come from caring for her young, neurologically injured daughter. Insights unfold in metaphor and persona below the surface of an exquisitely observed life.
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.
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.
Mark Your Calendar: Germanfest!

Germanfest is a free Montana German festival held each fall in Missoula. This year, Germanfest will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Caras Park, from 2-6 pm.

Germanfest is a celebration of German culture and Missoula's Sister City relationship with Neckargem√ľnd, Germany. It is the premiere Montana German festival in the state. Highlights include traditional food, music and beer. This is an annual event put on by Missoula Cultural Council.
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 26-28, Friday & Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. 

Reserve your tickets online or call the box office at 375-9050.

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.
New Exhibitions at YAM

If you are traveling through Billings next month, take some time to visit Yellowstone Art Museum's newest exhibitions:

Jill Brody: Hidden In Plain Sight
     Opening Reception: September 1
     Artist Talk: September 22, 6:30 pm
Echo: Unspoken Dialects
     Artist Talk: August 18, 6:30 pm
     Artist Talk: September 8, 6:30 pm
Primal Urges

Visit for more information.
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.
Friendship Force Trip to Thailand

There are still a few spaces available for a Friendship Force Exchange to Thailand in January 2017, organized by the Seattle/Tacoma FF club. Contact Karen McOmber for more information, by email or call (206) 362-6354.
Performing Arts Class: Seussical Jr.

Calling Grades 7-12 for the Missoula Children's Theatre fall class of Seussical Jr!  This fabulous after school performing arts class begins the week of August 30th and culminates into wonderful performances on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.  Registration is still available at, by calling 728-7529 if stopping by the MCT box office!
Bob Ross Night at ZACC

Bring your Bob Ross wigs, impressions, and appreciation for ZACC's monthly Bob Ross Night on August 24 from 6-8 pm! Participants will be inspired to paint happy little trees as we watch a Bob Ross video and follow along while drinking wine and having fun in our gallery. Cost covers all your materials, supplies, and canvas.  Visit Zootown Arts website for more information.
Adult Beginning Fiddle

Fiddle class for big kids! Grow Music Missoula offers beginning fiddle to folks 16+ in the classroom at Imagine Nation Brewery, Wednesdays at 6:15 pm, September 14-October 26.  We find that the beer serves as an effective lubricant for all the squeaky sounds.  This is a family-friendly environment with a great patio and even better beer. 

Find all the details about pricing and fiddle rental online here. Space is limited!
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 .
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
MAM 45th Benefit Art Auction

Missoula Art Museum  welcomes all artists to support free expression and free admission with an art submission to the 45th Benefit Art Auction. For full prospectus and submission details, click here. You may contact Associate Curator John Calsbeek with questions at 728-0447.
Deadline: October 20, 2016
Volunteer Night at Missoula Children's Theatre

Join MCT as we celebrate past, present, and future volunteers with a night of jeopardy and fun! Thursday, August 25, at 6:00pm. Open to the general public so all are welcome!

Missoula Art Museum Seeks Art Guides

Do you love contemporary art? Do you love teaching kids? Join Missoula Art Museum staff for an Art Guide Open House  this Friday, August 26th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Come learn about this exciting opportunity to teach art education this fall at MAM.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you're interested in learning more about becoming an Art Guide at the museum, contact Renee Taaffe or call the museum at 728-0447.
Help Welcome International Students

T he Missoula International Friendship Program is seeking volunteer families, couples and single people to become Community Friends to international students and scholars who will begin studies at UM this fall. This is NOT a home stay. Community Friends have no financial obligations for the students or scholars. 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.
Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery Seeks Executive Director

Carbon County Arts Guild in Red Lodge seeks an Executive Director beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The Executive Director is responsible for managing and developing the Guild in order to sustain the arts in our area. Call the Guild for the job description at 446-1370. Email cover letter, resume and three references to "EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR." Deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2016.
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.
JR's Monumental Artworks Have an Olympic Moment in Rio

Michael Phelps has nothing on her: The French triathlete  L√©onie Periault , rising out of Guanabara Bay in Rio, is caught mid-lap, looming over the water, her wingspan stretching more than 98 feet.

Her image is one of three giant sculptures JR installed around the city, as one of the Olympics' first artists in residence. Read on...
Dr. Seuss' Secret Art Collection Finally Goes On View

Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, passed away in 1991, having written and illustrated over 60 children's tales of enchanted animals in foreign lands, embarking on adventures, learning lessons, and improbably rhyming all the while. What few people knew, however, was that after dark, Seuss switched gears a bit, shifting from his storybook illustrations to what he dubbed "Midnight Paintings," fine artworks made in secret, purely for pleasure.

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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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