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First Friday Gallery Walk
The next First Friday is October 2, from 5-8 pm. Visit here for the most up-to-date information about gallery exhibit openings and other events
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Visit the Directory page of our website and follow instructions to get registered to update all your information.
Art & Economy
Missoula's art and cultural nonprofits are collectively a $39.9 million industry. Learn more here.
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Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
The Rembrandt Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation
Charles Engelhard Foundation
Missoula Parking Commission
The Rudolf Nureyev
Community Medical Center
Sun Mountain Sports
Max and Betty Swanson Foundation
L.E.A.W. Family Foundation
The Beverly Sills
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Liz Dye at
Portico Real Estate
Fact and Fiction
First Interstate Bank
Roemer's Tire Factory
Western Montana Clinic
The Mark Twain
Dye & Moe
First Montana Bank
Muralt Family Foundation
Montana Ace Hardware
Republic Services of Montana
4 Ravens Gallery
A Carousel for Missoula
The Artists' Shop
Barney Jette Jewelry Design
Boyle, Deveny & Meyer
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Doc's Sandwich Shop
e3 Convergence Gallery
Flaherty Financial Services
Galusha, Higgins and Galusha
Hide & Sole
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
International Choral Festival
Doug & Caryl Klein
L.A. Design & Pirnie Art Showroom
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Art Museum
Missoula Children's Theatre/Missoula Community Theatre
Missoula Downtown Partnership
Missoula Economic Partnership
Missoula Writing Collaborative
Montana Art & Framing
Montana Public Radio
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Monte Dolack Gallery
Murphy-Jubb Fine Art
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
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Germanfest Committee meeting
MCC Awards Luncheon,
New Zealand Day
June 21 The Last Best Solstice at Caras Park
First Night artist application deadline
July First Night Selection Committee meets
First Night notifications sent out
Germanfest in Caras Park
October - Arts & Humanities Month
November - First Night Spotlight preliminary rounds begin at local High Schools
First Night Missoula 2016
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
| In Missoula...
will host the first annual
Montana Film Festival
October 1-4, bringing
a lineup of new, acclaimed independent films and recent festival hits to Missoula. Four made-in-Montana movie premieres and a Montana film retrospective will highlight the state's past, present and future cinematic glory.
The inaugural festival will welcome guest writers, directors, actors, and industry professionals to experience Montana hospitality and be inspired to develop future productions in this wonderful location we call home. Visit here.
through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016 (pictured here). John Buck: Free for All through March 12; Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection
through March 12. A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM's Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, opens October 2.
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. MMAC presents
Music in the Artist's Studio: Cello Concert with Greg Sauer
Thursday, October 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the UM PARTV Center - Masquer Theatre. MMAC partners with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra to present this unique evening of music. Artist Richard Diebenkorn developed a profound love of classical music and often listened to Mozart, Haydn, and Bach while painting in his studio. Guest cellist Greg Sauer will perform pieces inspired by the paintings of Diebenkorn. Tour the galleries following the concert during a special docent-led tour.
Nature, music and art will converge during a live, multimedia performance at 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, at the North Underground Lecture Hall at the University of Montana. UM's Environmental Studies Program will host the presentation,
"'What Can I Do?' Spaceship Earth," which is designed to show audience members how their actions affect the earth. The event is free and open to the public. Colorado folk musician
Laurie Dameron will perform as environmental photographs taken by
John Fielder and
Karl Snyder are shown. For more information on the event, call Vicki Watson at 243-5153.
Fact and Fiction
reading and signing
7:00 p.m. September 29; and
reading and signing
The Jezebel Remedy
, 7:00 p.m. September 30. Both events are at F&F Downtown.
First Friday Gallery Night
is October 2 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. throughout Missoula. Visit
for more information.
Missoula Community Theatre
invites students to
This fall afterschool performing arts class is designed especially for the K-5 grades, October 13-November 7. Go West combines music, history and drama about the Gold Rush days. To learn more about the schedule, times and registration, visit
or call 728-7529.
Gallery of Visual Arts
at the University of Montana presents
Variations from an Unlimited Sequence
throughout October, with an opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1. It is free and open to the public and will include a talk by Lightner at 5:45 p.m. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.
It's a busy week for live music. Marty Stuart is at the Top Hat Tuesday, September 29, and the
Death Cab for Cutie
on September 30 and
Neil Young on October 1 (sold out). Visit here.
A novelist who won the
2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
in Fiction will visit the University of Montana on Friday, October 2, lecturing about writing fiction during the day and reading fiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.
, associate professor of writing at Columbia University, will present her craft lecture,
from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105. Her fiction reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room. To learn more about the Creative Writing Program and D'Erasmo's visit to UM, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 243-5267, email
or visit the
Radius1 Anniversary Show
, opening October 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., is a tribute to the artists we started with, as well as a few others we're delighted to now be representing in the region. Featuring the Radius Gallery 12:
Courtney Blazon, LeAnn Boyd, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Ric Gendron, Michael Haykin, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin, Megan Moore
Barb Schwarz Karst.
Five Valley Chorus Rocky Mountainaires
Sweet Adelines Chorus
"Cruisin' Along With a Song,"
Saturday October 3 at 3:30 p.m. at eh UM Recital Hall. For information and tickets, call 370-7873 or email
, a Free Celebration of Montana Music and Art, is at Caras Park Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, from 2:00-10:00. the event features T
he 'Lil Smokies, Cure for the Common, Off in the Woods, Tom Catmull, Three Eared Dog, The Dodgy Mountain Men, Locksaw Cartel, The Halladay Quist Band, Tony Holiday and the Velvetones, Aaron Howard,
Missoula Symphony Orchestra
Yearn for Freedom
, cello soloist,
October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and October 4 at 3:00 p.m in the UM Dennison Theatre. Visit
Living Art of Montana
"Faces of Living Art: a 22-Year Mask Retrospective",
an exhibit of masks created by Living Art workshop participants from 1993 through 2015 displayed at the
Downtown Dance Collective
throughout October and November. There is a First Friday opening reception at the DDC on October 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for the roles in The Sound of Music on Sunday, October 4, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Please use the Main Street entrance. There is a wide variety of roles available for adults, as well as a limited number of roles for children under 16. The minimum age to audition is 6 years old. No advance preparation is required. For more information, call 728-1911 or visit here
UM Jazz Series is a new program beginning with a concert by
Benny Green on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall. For more information, call 243-4851
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
invites the community to help us celebrate our
29th annual Peace Party
gathering, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Caras Park. We will focus on the theme,
"Peace Like a River"
, knowing that rivers flow gently past obstacles and create the world around it with persistence and grace - a perfect inspiration to peace in our own lives. Feel free to wear your favorite river wear and celebrate with us. For more information, call 543-3955 or email
Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum.
Brandon Reintjes, new Curator at MAM, will introduce himself with a tour of MAM exhibitions. All Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.
For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit
| Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
The Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule.
November 21 Annick Smith reads from Crossing the Plains With Bruno.
Open Book Club is free and open to all. It is sponsored by Alpine Artisans.
Feel free to bring an hors d'oeuvre or beverage to share, and certainly bring a friend.
Badlands Exhibit by
Bale Beckman is at the
Dawson Community College in
Glendive through October 30.
Early 20th Century masterworks will be on exhibit at the
Yellowstone Art Museum
. Largely known for its focus on contemporary art YAM is pleased to announce another opportunity to view special loans of art from the 20th century along with new selections from the museum's permanent collection. Featured in the exhibition are works from
(1861 - 1944),
(1840 - 1926), and
(1863 - 1935). Selections will be on view now through December 3. The museum
Art in Action
hrough September 27,
an ongoing series of crowd-sourced exhibitions and new community-oriented experiences that will take place throughout the museum. These audience participatory "actions" are inspired by art concepts presented around the world. We provide the starting point and materials for a creative exploration, while visitors combine their efforts over time to create and present art directly on the museum's walls. The inaugural event is inspired by the jazz-era images of
on view in
The Other Side of Midnight
, and by
paper collages that were commissioned for the book Jazz, published in 1947.
Donizetti's Don Pasquale
October 9 at 7:00 p.m., and October 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the Willson Auditorium. Visit
for more information.
Glacier Jazz comes to the
Kalispell Eagles Club October 9-11, featuring Dixie, Ragtime and more. For more information, call 862-3814.
Sanders County Arts Council
announces the Fourth Quarter exhibit of Art on the Walls, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital. In addition to the artwork of Sanders County artists, John Meckler will demonstrate his techniques for chip carving; Kathy Logan and Jack Stamm will provide music on hammered dulcimers; and refreshments will be provided by the CFVH Hospital. The exhibit runs through December 20. Artists exhibiting work are: Katherine G. Cavill, Ellen Childress, Valerie Curtiss, Andrew Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Rick Harter, George Humeston, Cricket Johnston, Arlene Littlefield, Sue Honts Mann, Dane McNabb, John Meckler, Shirley Proctor, and Douglas Wilks.
For more information call 826-8585.
For complete information about arts and entertainment througho
ut the region, visit
How Does Creativity Spread? Networks, Connections, Influence
Medium, Sep 25, 2015
The other week, I was invited to a dinner hosted by a friend. Those attending included people I've admired for years. Halfway through the dinner, I silently asked myself, "How did I get here?" Click here
As America's Work Place Becomes More Competitive It Becomes Less Creative
The New York Times, Sep 22, 2015
For many Americans, life has become all competition all the time. Workers across the socioeconomic spectrum, from hotel housekeepers to surgeons, have stories about toiling 12- to 16-hour days (often without overtime pay) and experiencing anxiety attacks and exhaustion. Public health experts have begun talking about stress as an epidemic. Click here
Where Did The Audience Go? Fall TV Premiere Week Ratings Collapse
AdAge, Sep 25, 2015
In a tribute to the late, great Yogi Berra (R.I.P.), let's just say that it was déjà vu all over again for the Big Four broadcast networks, as sampling on the second night of the new TV season appears to have been about as underwhelming as the first. Click here
Yellowface' Concerns Lead New York Gilbert And Sullivan Players To Cancel 'Mikado'
New York Times, Sep 22, 2015
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website. Click here
The Banned Iranian Filmmaker Who Keeps Making Films Anyway
The New York Times, Sep 27, 2015
There's a memorable scene in "Taxi," the latest film by the Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, in which his vivacious, now 11-year-old niece recites the rules for making a movie in Iran. They include: Respect Islamic headscarves, avoid contact between men and women, avoid violence, avoid discussing political or economic issues, avoid "sordid realism." Click here
How To Fix The BBC? Put More Artists In Charge
The Stage (UK), Sep 25, 2015
Director Simon Curtis has called on the BBC to hire more artistic talent in leadership roles. Curtis, who staged Serenading Louie at the Donmar Warehouse and has helmed a number of BBC Films projects including Woman in Gold and My Week With Marilyn, said that creatives such as directors should be in more of the BBC's top jobs. He was speaking alongside figures including director general Tony Hall at a debate on the BBC's future, where he suggested the BBC should follow theatres in having artists in decision-making roles. Click here
An Aboriginal Painter, Famous Enough At Home, Finds Himself Also Pretty Big In New York
The New York Times, Sep 21, 2015
For at least the last century, it has always been a momentous occasion: An artist from the hinterlands arrives in New York for the first time, hoping for what the writer Willie Morris called "the tender security of fulfillment." But for the painter Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, things were a little different. Click here
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