Art & Culture Newsletter:  June 6, 2016
News at Missoula Cultural Council
Call to Artists:

First Night Missoula is a community festival celebrating the arts in Missoula. We are currently seeking proposals for creative projects and performances to take place in venues throughout Missoula on December 31, 2016.

First night will provide funding, venue space, tech support, and marketing for your creative project or performance. Tell us what you want to see in your community festival and how you plan to make it happen by applying online here.

Deadline:  June 30, 2016

Local Arts & Culture Events
New Exhibitions at MAM

Two new exhibitions opened at Missoula Art Museum this week and are on view for the next few months.

Karen McAlister Shimoda: Field Notes
June 3 - October 1

MAM Studio Art Teachers' Exhibition
June 1 - August 27

Stop by Missoula Art Museum Tues - Sat, 10 AM - 5 PM. Admission is always free. The art museum is located at 335 N. Pattee street.

For more information, please 
email the studio or call 543-0509. To learn more about Montana clay,  
click here.
Clay Studio of Missoula's Main Gallery Grand Re-Opening

Celebrate the Clay Studio of Missoula's newly remodeled gallery space by visiting their current exhibition, "Montana Clay: Small Works from a Big State."

This exhibition features small scale works from nearly five dozen ceramic artists from the state of Montana who are a part of the Montana Clay collective.

Gallery Opening at ZACC

On Friday, June 10, attend the opening receptions for YAAP (ZACC's Young Artists After-School Program) and Jesse Jackson Brown. The YAAP will showcase their year's work in the Main Gallery. You can see Jesse Jackson Brown's colorful paintings in the Hallway Gallery.

The reception will take place from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.  Visit ZACC's website for more info.
MCT 2016-2017 Season is Available!

Season Subscriptions are now available for the Missoula Community Theatre 2016-17 season!  From Tarzan & Jane to Dorothy & Toto, the season will be full of delightful moments for all ages!
Readings This Week

Shakespeare & Co. presents...
Gwen Florio
reading from her new novel,
June 9 at 7 PM
At Fact & Fiction Downtown..

Ednor Therriault reads from and signs copies of
Montana Curiosities June 8 at 7 PM!

At Fact & Fiction Downtown...

Dave Lucas reads from his book of poetry, Weather, June 11 at 11:30 AM!

Out to Lunch  & Downtown ToNight Summer Series Begins!

The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) launched the 31st annual Out to Lunch Summer Series on Wednesday, June 1 and the 16th annual Downtown ToNight Summer Series on Thursday, June 2. These free summer outdoor concerts events take place every week through June, July and August in Caras Park in the heart of Downtown Missoula.

The Out to Lunch Summer Series was started in 1986 and is the longest-standing outdoor food and music event in Montana. Each Wednesday during lunchtime from 11 am to 2 pm, folks can enjoy live music free of charge and/or purchase lunch from one of 23 food trucks and vendors in the park.

Folks are encouraged to bike, walk and bus into Downtown for Out to Lunch on Wednesdays, and the Out to Lunch Trolley will run each week from the University of Montana South Campus Parking Lot to/from Downtown.
Summer Star-Gazing at the Planetarium

The University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this May through August.  The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show. Purchase your tickets online here.
Missoula Gallery Highlights

If you missed the First Friday shenanigans last weekend, have no fear. Here are some current exhibitions on display around town this month!

Small Works from a Big State

YAAP Art Show
Jesse Jackson Brown
*Both exhibitions begin June 10

Surface + Substance
*Last day is June 11

Reflections, Juried Exhibition

Birdfest 2016

Parvin Zebetian

Saltmine Artists
Art Calls, Contests, & Postings

The Art Mobile of Montana!

Submit your work for next year's travelling exhibit! Help share contemporary Montana artwork throughout the state and promote creativity for future generations.

Like to Travel? Art Mobile of Montana's part-time Teaching Artist (TA) Position offers the opportunity to travel around beautiful Montana with the AMM van as the ambassador for the Art Mobile program, representing AMM to schools, students, educators, administrators, and the public. The TA has the opportunity to curate an artist search and to display their own artwork in our traveling exhibit of 30 artworks.
Classes, Workshops & Camps
Classes This Week at Zootown Arts Community Center

Glass Fusing Orientation Class: June 8, 6-8 PM
$20/$15 for members + cost of class
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!

FREE Silk-Screening Night:  June 10, 5:30-7:30 PM, free!
Come in with a blank shirt, tote bag, or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing!  If you get any compliments on your print (which is inevitable) throw some change in the donation jar.  No registration necessary-just come on by!
Art Workshops by Nancy Seiler

Painting on a Gelli Plate and Monoprinting: Saturday, June 11, 1-4 PM. $50
Acrylic Extravaganza!: Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19, 9 AM - 5 PM. $275
Nature Journaling Series: Expand your nature journaling skills by exploring different natural history topics. $50 per class (materials list and directions are provided with registration)

Register online  or call 370-1254. Visit Nancy's website for more information and workshops.
Summer Writing Camps for Youth

The Missoula Writing Collaborative  is offering summer writing camps this year for youth in two age groups: age 8 - 14, and high schoolers. The two sessions are July 11 - 15 and July 18 - 22, with half or full day options. Register online for Missoula Writing Collaborative's youth summer camps. With questions, call Sarah Kahn at 549-3348.
Missoula Children's Theatre Offers Summer Camps for Kids

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). Register online today.
Regional Art & Culture Events
Kalispell's Glacier Chorale Auditions

An open audition for new singers for the Glacier Chorale and Chamber Singers will be held on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 in Kalispell. Call 407-7000 for more information.
Reading by Montana Book Award Recipient, Liz Carlisle

Liz Carlisle will be reading from and signing her Montana Book Award book, Lentil Underground, Saturday June 18 at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co in downtown Seeley Lake at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Empowerment Through Performance Workshop for Teens

Share Your Voice Foundation offers scholarships to local teens for this summer's Empowerment through Performance Workshop.  The Share Your Voice Foundation, an organization that believes in the transformative merits of the arts to empower individuals, is offering scholarships to Flathead Valley teenagers to attend a week-long creative leadership workshop.

Scholarships are available to teens ages 13 to 17 to attend the Empowerment through Performance Workshop, an innovative program designed to build confidence and creative leadership skills through arts-based curriculum. The workshop will take place July 25-30 at the Grange Hall, culminating in a performance on July 30 at Stillwater Landing.

For more information:   visit the website or call Rebecca Schaffer at  241-8209.
In the News
You Can Relax Now, Because Netflix Is Streaming Bob Ross

"His teachings are eternal. His hair is immovable. He is Bob Ross."
Netflix tweeted the tagline earlier this week to announce that the streaming service is bringing  Bob Ross (aka the nicest painter ever) and his lesser known show "Beauty is Everywhere" to its platform. Read more.

Missoula Kids' Group, the WhizPops, Team With National Conservation Group

Their set of songs, each about a different animal that is endangered or needs protection, went to the NWF's go-to media personality, David Mizejewski.
Read more.

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  • 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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Greg Boris

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Pam Walzer

Micki Frederikson

Gwen Landquist
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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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