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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...
This Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day. From 10:45-11:30 a.m. in Rose Park, the Western Montana Chapter of Veterans for Peace will be gathering near the Vietnam War Memorial in Missoula's Rose Park (Mount Avenue and Blaine) to commemorate the World War I Armistice. The public is invited. Members will read poetry and remember fallen friends and relatives, and all who attend are welcome to share their thoughts as well. beginning at 11:00 a.m., at the Missoula County Courthouse, American Legion Post 101 is hosting their 34th annual Veteran's Day Commemoration Ceremony. This year the theme is "So You Think The Battle is Over?" The public is invited to lay a flower on the honor table and join the post for a meal afterwards. Warming tent and coffee will be available. From 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the Northside Kettlehouse Taproom, the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center will be the receiving organization for the KettleHouse Community UNite. A portion of every pint sold is given back for peace!
A Carousel for Missoula will celebrate groundbreaking on its 640 square foot expansion Monday, November 9. A reception for donors and the media will begin at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to join the event at 11:00 a.m. Special introductions and presentations, including remarks by Governor Steve Bullock, will take place at 11:10 a.m. Governor Bullock will award the Carousel a $100,000 tourism infrastructure grant from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.
The Missoula Art Museum
Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12 (pictured here); 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, through December 23; MaryAnn Bonjorni: Legends Are History, through January 2.
now through December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries. The exhibition features 52 pieces, many of which have never been publicly viewed, and includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors. MMAC presents a Celebrity Artist Tour with Lela Autio, Thursday, November 19, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UM PARTV Center Lobby. Enjoy this artist's perspective as she gives a tour of the current exhibit.
University of Montana Department of Music
"Jazz at The Break"
UM Jazz Small Groups
, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Break Espresso; Student Recital Series November 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall featuring
, viola; Student Recital Series November 12 7:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, featuring
UM All-Star Ensembles
(Wind/Orchestra), all day, Friday through Sunday, November 13-15 at several UM locations;
UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble
, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre. Call 243-6880.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
is on November 15 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Wilma Theatre. A showcase of award-winning films. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the UM Campus Recreation Outdoor Program. For more information, call 243-5172, or visit
Fact and Fiction
presents Robert Lee reading and signing Guiding Elliott at 7:00 pm November 11 at F&F Downtown.
Shakespeare and Co. presents a Reading and a Dinner, November 9 at 6:30 p.m., produced and presented by Devon Lawler. Ten local writers share their work in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Dinner and beer will be provided. Donations encouraged. On Wednesday, November 11, Dallas author Merritt Tierce reads from her critically acclaimed novel Love Me Back at 7:00 pm.
Missoula International Friendship Program
(MIFP) Cross-Cultural Seminar Series presents
Refugee Crisis in Europe - 20 Million People Looking for a Safe Home
, tonight, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater. Free and open to the public
International Choral Festival
UM School of Music
will present their annual benefit performance of
George Frederic Handel's "Messiah"
on Sunday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre on the UM campus. This free concert is a beloved community sing-a-long with a volunteer chorus, which has delighted local singers and audiences annually since 1995. There is still time to join the chorus, sign-up online
. Proceeds will equally support
Missoula's 10th International Choral Festival
scheduled for July 13-16, 2016 and scholarships for UM choral and orchestral students.
University of Montana
has released the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of its U
M Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine
. The magazine is online
From now through December 30, Clyde Coffee on the Hip Strip presents Coffee with Courtney at Clyde's, an intriguing retrospective by the artist Courtney Blazon, created for
Radius Gallery's second annual holiday show kicks off November 20. This year 73 artists have contributed a super-abundance of terrific artworks-over 200 small paintings, pastels, photographs, and mixed media pieces.
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
Missoula Community Theatre
is holding an open audition for actors, singers and dancers to play the roles in
The Drowsy Chaperone.
There are approximately 15-20 characters to be cast, and the audition will take place Sunday, November 22, at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts from 12:30-4:00 p.m. on the third floor. Please use the Main Street entrance.
Student Involvement Network
at the University of Montana will host
Chibi Chibi Comic Con
, UM's first comic fan convention, November 13-15 on the third floor of the University Center. The event will run from noon to 11:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
Art Associates of Missoula
monthly meeting for November will be held at the
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
on the UM Campus in the PARTV Bldg, Wednesday, November 18 at 10:15 a.m. for a docent led tour of
The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992
. Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please call Susie at 544-0891.
String Orchestra of the Rockies
Dido-Queen of Carthage,
UM Women's Choir,
November 22 at the UM Music Recital Hall. Visit
or call 493-2990.
New Brandhout Players
An Evening at Scar Latte's
, a concert of coffee music, a performance of
Bach's Coffee Cantata
, and other selections by the
Montana Baroque Flute Ensemble, Backyard Recorder Concort,
, harpsichord and soprano
November 22, 7:30 p.m. at Unity Church, 546 South Ave West.
Supermarket Pianist: Memiors of a Pianist's Life
. It is available at Hastings on Brooks St or amazon kindle and paperback.
There will be a recital of rarely-heard music for baroque violin and harpsichord to be performed in Missoula on Sunday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m., University Congregational Church. The recital will feature St. Louis violinist
and Missoula harpsichordist
performing on a double-manual harpsichord and a beautiful baroque violin produced in England c. 1760. Tickets are available for presale at Rockin Rudy's. Prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students/youth. Tune into
Montana Public Radio Morning Classics
in the week of November 9 for a foretaste of some of the concert repertoire. For further information call 207-9338.
For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit
| Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is December 20 for regular (over $1,000), fellowship, and three-year sustaining grants (must have received funding in a prior year to apply in this last grant category). Grant decisions will be made by February 9, 2016.
The Minnesota broadcast premiere of the Montana documentary film Beyond the Divide will be on Monday, November 9 at 9:00 p.m.on tpt 2 and again on Saturday, November 21, at 9:00 on tpt Life in conjunction with their Veterans Day programming.
The Carbon County Arts Guild of Red Lodge presents Nov 1-30: The Art of Mike Kosorok through November. Mike has been a professional artist for over 40 years and is well-known in the region for his broad, sweeping landscape paintings of the Beartooth Mountains and the area around Red Lodge and Bear Creek, Montana. Mike works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and mixed media. He is recently retired from his teaching career in the Red Lodge schools. Also through November, The Blind Men & The Elephant, Drawings by Stephen Glueckert. This series of 20 drawings was created using oil based drawing materials, including oil pastel, cattle marker, Keno crayon, and China marker. The drawings are directly inspired by the ancient parable that has much to teach us today. For more information, call the Guild in Red Lodge at 446-1370.
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.
Yellowstone Art Museum
announces the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition,
Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz.
The exhibition will remain on view through January 3.
"A Lonely Business": Isabelle Johnson's Montana
opens to the public on Tuesday, November 3 and remains on view through January 3, 2016. YAM presents a musical performance with Slovak Virtuosos,
, Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m.
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.
There will be a recital of rarely-heard music for
Baroque Violin and Harpsichord
to be performed in
on Sunday, November 15 (7:30 p.m., University Congregational Church) and in
on Friday, November 13 (7:00 p.m., Ravalli County Museum). The recitals will feature St. Louis violinist
and Missoula harpsichordist
performing on a double-manual harpsichord and a beautiful baroque violin produced in England c. 1760. Tickets for the Missoula concert are available for presale at Rockin Rudy's. Prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students/youth. Hamilton prices are $25 general admission and $20 for museum members (for sale at the Ravalli County Museum).
Montana Friends of Jung
presents a program with
, Jungian analyst, November 13 and 14 in
"Growing Older & Bolder with Jung",
Friday night lecture, $15. Lecture & Saturday workshop package (includes lunch), $150,
"The Many Faces of Loneliness."
For a flyer via email or to register contact
For complete information about arts and entertainment througho
ut the region, visit
Dancing Is The Fastest Way To Make Yourself Happier - It's Science!
The Inverse, Nov 08, 2015
Dancing is fundamental to being human. We know this because there is no wallflower culture, no part of the world where rhythm is ignored. We also know this because we tap our toes to songs we hate. We can't help it. Our subcortical brain regions converse, bypass higher auditory areas, and make us shimmy to "Happy" whether we respect Pharrell's whole deal or not. But dancing is good for more than just public displays of simulated coitus and regret. It's linked to a whole bunch of physical, social, and mental benefits. It is basically a super fun (if you're doing it right) vitamin. There's a reason Channing Tatum seems so damn content. Click here
Small Towns Using The Arts To Attract New Business And People? It's Working In Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio, Oct 29, 2015
The arts are playing an increasingly important role in stimulating the local economies of small towns and rural communities throughout Wisconsin. Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz said while the arts have always been important to Wisconsin's progressive traditions, communities are now learning to rely on them to generate business. "Now that we are in a new economy and not a recession anymore, the whole issue of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, imagination, all of those attributes are important to the economy and civic life," Katz said. "And that's where the arts come in." Click here
Los Angeles Is Hiring An Artist - To Help Reduce Traffic Deaths
Los Angeles Times, Oct 30, 2015
Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking for an artist who has what it takes -- not just to create something of beauty or that provokes feelings and thoughts, but to save lives. He's accepting applications right now. A new effort called the Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program aims, as Garcetti put it in a written announcement, to harness "the creative genius that thrives in Los Angeles" for "outside the box thinking" about some of the city's problems. Click here
Reuniting The Humanities Into One (Great Big) Discipline
NPR, Oct 27, 2015
An article in The Guardian earlier this year declared: "A war is being waged within the cloistered world of academia." It pressed on, stating that "currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities." Yes, the humanities are arguably under attack around the globe, suffering from cuts to funding and from political cultures obsessed with demonstrable economic benefits. Yet many argue for the intrinsic and instrumental value of the humanities, both as a form of basic scholarship and as a core component of a liberal arts education. Click here
China's Cartoonists Are Disappearing As Regime Cracks Down On Dissent
Yahoo! (AP), Nov 04, 2015
Bai Budan took a morning stroll on Tiananmen Square to find inspiration for a new series of satirical cartoons, an art form only barely alive in China. He wondered about the sheer number of surveillance cameras installed on the square, opposite the iconic entrance to the Forbidden City with a huge portrait of Mao Zedong. "These cameras are for whose safety? Are they for the safety of the ordinary people?" he asked. He remembered the popular children's song "I love Beijing Tiananmen" that he sang when he was young. He sketched the Mao portrait and made a note about updating the lyrics. Click here
The British Museum Is Training Iraqi 'Heritage Professionals' In Rescue Archaeology
Hyperallergic, Nov 01, 2015
There's nothing like watching ISIS blow up the ancient city of Nineveh to make archaeologists, conservationists, and historians feel helpless. Yet many have responded to ISIS's destruction constructively - by compiling lists and databases of at-risk cultural heritage sites and by assessing damage through satellite imagery, all of which will help inform restoration efforts after the war. The British Museum is also thinking ahead and has announced a five-year program that will train some 50 Iraqi heritage professionals to deal with the aftermath. They'll be ready to act once sites like Nineveh, Nimrud, and Hatra are finally reclaimed. Click here
Building - And Sustaining - A Tijuana Art Scene
Los Angeles Times, Nov 01, 2015
It is a damp Friday night in Tijuana. The bars and bordellos in the Avenida Revolución party zone have set their sound systems on 11. At the city's Estadio Caliente, more than 20,000 rabid soccer fans have poured in to watch the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles battle Mexico City's Club América. And in the gastronomic zone, late-model cars fight for space outside restaurants where the Mexican and American well-to-do spend big bucks on flash-seared tuna and fine wines from Baja's own Guadalupe Valley. Click here
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