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Local Art & Culture News
MCC Awards Luncheon

Join us for our annual awards luncheon to honor those who have made significant contributions to the arts community this year in Missoula! The luncheon takes place on Tuesday, March 29, at the Doubletree Hotel from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 

This year's awardees are:

- Cultural Achievement John Driscoll,  Missoula Symphony Association
Individual Artist: Kendahl Jan Jubb,  Watercolor Painter
Arts Educator: Dorothy Morrison
K-5 music teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School
Business Support for the Arts: Flanagan Motors
Cultural Vision: The Clay Studio of Missoula

For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here to visit our website.
UM Student Trio Advances to National Finals of Music Competition

Two University of Montana School of Music students and one Missoula Hellgate High School student recently won the Northwest Division of the Music Teachers National Association's Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition. The trio now advances to San Antonio as one of the six national finalists on April 2. The Missoula Piano Trio, which comprises UM graduate student Adam Sears of Missoula on the piano, UM senior Sarah Harmsworth of Bonner on the violin and Hellgate High School student David Harmsworth, Sarah's brother, on the cello. Their performance edged out well-qualified ensembles from Washington and Oregon for the win.

Before the national finals they will perform their competition repertoire for Missoula audiences in UM's Music Recital Hall. The program will include Dmitri Shostakovich's "Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 8" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1." The trio will perform:
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Monday, March 21
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, March 24
  • 7:30 - 8:30 PM, Saturday, March 26
Click here for more information about this week's performances.
Mini Benefit Show!

Support the ZACC at this amazing gala event,the 4th Annual Mini Benefit Show, on Saturday, March 26 at The Wilma

Click here for more details.
'Stuttering Comedian' Nina G Will Present One-Woman Show and Workshop at UM

Nina G, who bills herself as "The West Coast's Only Female Stuttering Comedian," will perform her one-woman show,  "Going Beyond Inspirational," at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 21, in the University Center Theater. Nina G is a comedian, social activist, and author. Her performance is free and open to the public.  It may contain mature content not suitable for some audiences.

Dance in Concert

The UM School of Theatre & Dance
celebrates an evening of sophisticated and cutting-edge original choreography in its production of Dance in Concert . New works conceived by guest artists, students, and faculty from the nationally and internationally renowned UM Dance Program will share UM's beautiful Montana Theatre' s stage . Join us in experiencing these seven inspiring new dance works with styles including contemporary modern dance, hip-hop, dance theatre, and multimedia dance fusion .

Wessandon: The Lost Track Nirvana

The Moradokmai Theatre Community and Homeschool from Patumthani, Thailand, will present Wessandon: the lost track nirvana in the Masquer Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center on campus Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 PM.  This is Moradokmai's third US tour that has included a stop at the School of Theatre & Dance.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support the Moradokmai Theatre Community and Homeschool. 
The performance is a musical play with contemporary live Thai music and dance. It is directed by "Kruchang" Janaprakal Chandruang, the well-known Thai dramatist and actor who founded the Moradokmai Theatre Community and Homeschool. Kruchang completed his MA degree at the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance in 1979 before returning to Thailand to commence his outstanding career in performing and teaching.
Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?

Popular Missoula podcast,  Tell Us Something,  presents Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? on  March 29 at 7:00 PM at the Wilma Theatre. Call 546-3855 or visit their website for more information.
Classical Indian Dance Classes

Join international dance instructor, Sharmila Ganguly Bhartari, for an introduction to Odissi, the mother of all the classical dances of India, on Saturday, March 26 at the Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W Main Street.

Two one-hour dance classes will begin at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.  Dances taught will vary in the two classes, so you are welcome to sign up for both classes. Each class is $10.   Enjoy learning   Odissi Dance - The Divine Art, and help the Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP).
Please contact Chris by email  if you would like to purchase a ticket.
Cancer, Courage, & Creativity

Living Art of Montana  presents the  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.
President's Lecture Series: The Commonalities and Differences Between the Arts and Sciences

Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, will give a seminar and lecture on Monday, March 21 at the University of Montana. The seminar, "Two New Games for Carbon," will be held from 3:10 - 4:30 PM in the Gallagher Business Building, Room 123; followed by his lecture, "The Commonalities and Differences Between the Arts and Sciences," in the Dennison Theatre at 8:00 PM. Both are free and open to the public.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Exploring Climate Change and Culture in the Vietnam Delta

The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana presents "Exploring Climate Change and Culture in the Vietnam Delta," a lecture by Nicky Phear program coordinator, UM Climate Change Studies Program; and Dan Spencer, associate professor, UM Environmental Studies Program. The lecture takes place on Wednesday, March 23, from 12:10 - 1:00 PM in the Mansfield Center Conference Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The spring 2016 Brown Bag Lecture Series reflect the center's mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. Topics of this semester's lectures include wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia, renewable energy and human health, and the connections between language and culture.
Arts Conversation with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Jane Chu

Chairman Chu is visiting Montana as part of the NEA's 50th Anniversary Celebration. We'll hear an update on NEA initiatives and programs, and there will be opportunity for Q&A. Please plan to join us on March 30 at Missoula Children's Theatre from 12:30 - 1:30 PM. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.
Fact & Fiction Book Reading

Fact & Fiction Books in downtown Missoula is thrilled to welcome author, C.J. Box, to read and sign his new novel, Off The Grid, on  Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM. 
Click here to visit Fact & Fiction's website for more details.
Poetry Reading by Mary Szybist

Poet Mary Szybist will read from her work at 7:00 PM, Friday, March 25, in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room at the University of Montana. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by UM's Creative Writing Program and the President's Writers-in-Residence Series.
Szybist is most recently the author of "Incarnadine," winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She also is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Her first book, "Granted," was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
For more information visit the UM Creative Writing website.
SPARK! Seeks New 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.

Montana Book Festival

The  Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year's festival in Missoula, September 21 - 25.  Visit their website to apply to the 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.

Student Art Contest: Search For Peace

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is hosting its annual Search for Peace student art contest during March and April. 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 at 519 S. Higgins.  Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form which can be picked up at the Peace Center or select locations. More information is available by email or  call 543-3955.

Prize money will be awarded to the first place winner in each age group, and the art will be displayed on First Friday, May 6.
River City Roots Festival is Seeking Artists

Applications are due April 1 for the art show at River City Roots Festival in Missoula, which will take place August 26 - 27.  The art show hours are 11 AM - 7 PM both days and daily set up time is at 8 AM. The booth fee is $150 for both days; $175 for a double booth and/or a booth needing power. The artists must commit to being present both days. Please click here to view the application and submit online.

Roots Fest is a showcase of high-end visual arts. More than 30 artists from the Pacific Northwest participate in the Juried Show featuring painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, textile arts and wood; all front and center on Main Street both days of the festival. This component of Roots Fest creates an all around experience for those who appreciate fine art both visually and musically.
Zootown Fringe Festival

Registration is open for Missoula's annual ZooTown Fringe FestivalZooTown 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.
This Month's Missoula  Gallery Highlights

Missoula Art Museum  features:
Larry Thomas: Ammophilia  March 4 - July 23
Gesine Janzen: Floodplains |  February 19 - June 25
Gennie DeWeese: The Process of Painting |  February 12 - May 21

Radius Gallery  presents:
The Last Best  Dream:  Surrealism Here & Now |  February 27 - April 16

Zootown Arts Community Center  presents:

Montana Museum of Art and  Culture  features:
George Gogas: Odyssey |  March 3 - April 23
Presence: Rudy Autio and Henry Meloy |  March 3 - April April 23

UM's Gallery of Visual Arts  presents:

University Center Gallery  presents:
Bedtime Stories: Juried Student Exhibition, selected by Senior Curator of MAM, Brandon Reintjes |  February 29 - March 31

Brink Gallery  features:
Caitlin Finley |  March 4 - 31
Regional Art & Culture News
Scholarship Available for Crown Guitar Workshop

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) reminds that 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.  Applications will be accepted through Tuesday May 31 with scholarship awards announced on Wednesday, June 15. Please call 855-855-5900 for more information, or click the link below to visit online.

The scholarship provides a rare opportunity to study with a roster of premier guitarists who will be teaching and performing as Artists in Residence during the week-long event. 

Happenings at Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

During March and April the Weaver Room gallery will house works by MSU Graduate Students. This mixed media group show will feature several student artists with work ranging from ceramics, painting and lithography. The show opened March 11 and will run through April 22. A closing reception will be held, date TBD. 

The spring and summer education schedule is out and registration is open. 

View the Emerson Center's online calendar by clicking this link.
New Exhibitions at Yellowstone Art Museum

Two new exhibitions are opening at YAM on Thursday, March 24:

The reception is 5:30 - 7:30 PM, and is free to members or with paid museum admission. Click here for more details.
Jesus Christ Superstar

The  Shane Lalani Center for the Arts in Livingston  presents  Jesus Christ Superstar , Fridays and Saturdays,  March 4 - 26,   at 8:00 PM.  Weekend matinees at 3:00 PM.  Call  222-1420 or email here .
National Art & Culture News
An International Hula Hooping Fest Has Descended on L.A.

If you're out and about in L.A. this weekend - Echo Park, the beach, downtown - and come across a bunch of hula-hooping adults dressed like extras from Back to the Future Part II , chances are you've stumbled upon  Hoopurbia , an international "urban hooping" festival that has descended on L.A. this year after setting up in Berlin and Prague in years past. Watch the video here...
More Evidence of the Psychological Benefits of Choral Singing
Newly published research finds evidence that "the well-being benefits afforded by choral singing could be distinct in comparison with other leisure activities." The synchronistic physical activity of choristers appears to create an unusually strong bond, giving members the emotionally satisfying experience of temporarily "disappearing" into a meaningful, coherent body. 
International Art & Culture News
South Africa's Pantsula Dancers Bring Life to the Streets

A beautiful photo essay that documents these charismatic dancers at  NY Times.
Stunning Mural In Cairo's 'Garbage City' Stretches Across 50 Buildings

In Egypt's Garbage City, global street artist eL Seed is honoring the people who help keep Cairo clean. Read more here.
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The da Vinci:

The Beethoven

The Rembrandt

Charles Engelhard Foundation

The Rudolf Nureyev:

Kay Cassens
Community Medical Center
 Phil Hamilton
Janet Whaley

Max and Betty Swanson Foundation 
L.E.A.W. Family Foundation
PayneWest Insurance

The Beverly Sills :
A&E Architects
Bayern Brewing
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Fact and Fiction
First Interstate Bank
NorthWestern Energy
Roemer's Tire Factory 
Western Montana Clinic

The Mark Twain:
Bernice's Bakery

First Montana Bank
Sirius Construction
Boone Karlberg
Headwaters Printing       
Muralt Family Foundation

Zip Beverage 
Cathy Capps 

Tom Rickard
Montana Ace Hardware

Dye & Moe
Nutritional Laboratories   
Republic Services of Montana 

The Louis Armstrong:
4 Ravens Gallery
A Carousel for Missoula   
The Artists' Shop

Barney Jette Jewelry Design
Boyle, Deveny & Meyer
Brink Gallery
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Dana Gallery
Doc's Sandwich Shop
e3 Convergence Gallery
Flaherty Financial Services
Galusha, Higgins and Galusha
Mark Heyka 
Hide & Sole
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Humanities Montana
International Choral Festival
Doug & Caryl Klein 
L.A. Design & Pirnie Art Showroom
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Art Museum
MCT, Inc.
Missoula Children's Theatre/Missoula Community Theatre 

Missoula Downtown Partnership
Missoula Economic Partnership 
Missoula Independent
Missoula Writing Collaborative 
Montana Art & Framing 
Montana Public Radio
Montana PBS

Montana Museum of Art & Culture  
Monte Dolack Gallery
Cherie Newman 
Opportunity Resources 
Portico Real Estate
Nancy Seiler Studio & Gallery 
String Orchestra of the Rockies
Terrazas Law Offices
The Bookstore at UM
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
Jim & Marci Valeo 
Zootown Arts Community Center

MCC Board & Staff
Frankie Flaherty
Vice President
Greg Boris
Immediate Past President
Pam Walzer
Mickey Fredrickson
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
Missoula Cultural Council | 327 East Broadway | PO BOX 7662 | Missoula, MT 59807  
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