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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.
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.

This Month's Missoula  Gallery Highlights

Missoula Art Museum  features:
March 4 - July 23
February 19 - June 25
February 12 - May 21

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

Zootown Arts Community Center presents
March 11 - 25

Montana Museum of Art and
Culture  features:
March 3 - April 23
March 3 - April April 23

March 10 - 24

University Center Gallery  presents Bedtime Stories: Juried Student Exhibition, selected by Senior Curator at MAM Brandon Reintjes
February 29 - March 31
Fact & Fiction Book Reading

On Thursday, March 17, hear Gwen Florio read from her mystery novel, DISGRACED. The reading takes place at 5:30 PM at Fact & Fiction in downtown Missoula, followed by a book signing.

Gwen Florio (Missoula, MT) has won several journalism awards and been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Denver Post, and the Missoulian, and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Women Writing the West.
Click here to visit Fact & Fiction's website for more details.
Dolce Canto Presents: Elemental Harmony

This exciting concert celebrates our connection to nature, with programming inspired by the four classical elements of earth, air, fire & water. The concert will include music from the Renaissance to modern times that explores connections between the elements and the human experience. 

A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by John Muehleisen and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri made possible by the  2014 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award.  Featuring special guest, composer  John Muehleisen .

The concert takes place at 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 19, at St. Francis Xavier, 420 W. Pine Street. Doors open at 6:45.

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Art Associates of Missoula

The  Art Associates of Missoula  monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 AM at Radius Gallery, 114 E. Main Street. 

Courtney Blazon  will be sharing her colorful illustrations inspired by fairy tales, poetry, natural history and the animal world. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.
UM Jazz Festival

The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2016 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur on March 17 - 18.

  Read more about this event by clicking here.
UM Presents: All in the Timing

All in the Timing  brings audiences a sampling of short comic plays from David Ives, a contemporary playwright The New York Times  called "a master of fun." These one-act comedies are loosely connected by themes of romantic complications, language, and the meaning of life. Both poignant and hilarious,  All in the Timing 's truly original characters and plots will spark laughter and reflection as Ives meditates on humanity using first dates, famous historical figures, and-of course-chimpanzees. The show runs March 15 - 19 at the Masquer Theatre in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center, on campus at the University of Montana.

MCT Presents: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

All 37 works (plus the sonnets) of William Shakespeare performed in one evening? Since Shakespeare himself concluded that "brevity is the soul of wit," he would likely enjoy  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) . It has become one of the most popular productions of modern theatre, and the  Missoula Community Theatre  is proud to present the show  March 10 - 20  at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts .

International Culture & Food Festival

University of Montana  hosts the an nu al  International Culture & Food Festival  from 12:00 - 5: 00 PM on March 20 at the University Center

The event is a n extravaganza where guests can visit colorful display booths  fe aturing countries around the world; thrill in a five-hour International Culture Show featuring music, song and dance  seldom seen in Missoula; visit Children's World with crafts, storytelling, games and other interactive events; watch films from the Montana International Children's Film Festival; and savor delicious food from all corners of the globe  in the Food Bazaar, with over 20 food booths offering  culinary specialties, most of them handmade. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event or in advance from Foreign Student and Scholar Services by calling 243-222 6.

The Montana Book Award Goes To...

Congratulations to the author of The Lentil Underground,  Liz Carlisle, the winner of the 2015 Montana Book Award. This annual award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book written or illustrated by someone who lives in Montana, is set in Montana, or deals with Montana themes or issues. Presentations and a reception with the winning authors will take place on April 6 during the Montana Library Association Conference in Missoula. Read more about the award here.

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America tells the inspiring story of David Oien and other Montana organic farmers who work with heirloom seeds and biologically diverse farm systems. Under the brand Timeless Natural Food, their unique business movement has grown into a million-dollar enterprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regional Art & Culture News
Western Art Week in Great Falls

On or around Charlie Russell's birthday, artists and art admirers flock to Great Falls for Western Art Week. Nearly a dozen art shows and auctions are scheduled March 16 - 20. Click here to view the schedule.
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 .
Programs at Yellowstone Art Museum

FAM at the YAM: Friday Family Fun Night on  March 18 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Join in on this opportunity for the whole family to come and make art together! Session taught by local artists.  No registration required. All ages are welcome. Click here for pricing and information.
"Look Draw Look Draw"  Experience Art Adult Education on March 19 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, a drawing workshop led by Robin Earles.  To sign up, call the museum at 256-6804 or visit us online.
National Art & Culture News
What's in the box? The Met Breuer opens new possibilities in a dramatic art space.

On Friday, the Upper East Side building that served as the home of the Whitney from 1966 to 2014 will reopen to the public as the Met Breuer, an expansion space for shows that don't fit into the galleries, or established curatorial focus, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's landlocked campus on Fifth Avenue. Keep reading at The Washington Post...
George Martin and the Beatles: A Producer's Impact, in Five Songs

When we hear a great recording, we tend to think of the music as having sprung fully developed from the imagination of the musician or band that cut the tracks. But that ignores the role of the producer, who translates the musician's vision into the sound we experience. Keep reading this article at The New York Times...
International Art & Culture News
My Date With Michelangelo

The world-famous British Museum has a secret: a hidden study where anyone may request private viewings of prints and drawings by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and more. Read more about this hard-to-get masterpiece collection at BBC...
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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  
(406) 541-0860 | |