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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...
in Downtown Missoula opens tonight after months of renovation with a sold out show by
My Morning Jacket
. For a full line-up of events, visit
through October 24; Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016; John Buck: Free for All through March 12; Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection through March 12 (pictured here); A Few of My Favorite Things, an exhibition selected by MAM's Senior Exhibition Curator Emeritus Stephen Glueckert, through December 23.
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
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.
Fact and Fiction
5:00 p.m. on October 9; and
reading and signing
Swallowed by the Great Land
, 1:30 p.m. October 10.
Both events are at F&F Downtown.
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.
University of Montana Department of Music
presents the fourth annual
UM Choral Gala Performance
October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre
Jazz Series I: Benny Green,
Piano, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall on October 7; faculty artist
trombone, October 9 at 7:30 in the UM Music Recital Hall; Fern
cello, 3:00 p.m. October 11 in the UM Music Recital Hall.
Gallery of Visual Arts
at the University of Montana presents
Variations from an Unlimited Sequence
throughout October. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the UM Social Science Building.
Radius1 Anniversary Show
, features 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.
The exhibit runs t
Ask about an art consultation at your home or business, or about commissions. We work with clients, businesses, designers, architects, and artists to create an astounding impression. call
UM Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
UM Student Advocacy Resource Council
Play, a one-act play written by playwright and activist Katie Cappiello and developed at The Arts Effect NYC, and innovative theatre arts school for teens in New York City. The Missoula production is directed by UM graduate Hillary Sea Bard, and is cast entirely with teen actors from local Missoula high schools.
SLUT - The Play will play at The Crystal Theater, located at 515 S. Higgins, Missoula, MT 59801. Performances are October 9, 10,16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on October 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission is Free for all performances.
Reservations can be made online here.
The Playbill can be previewed online here.
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.
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
University of Montnana
The Writers' Fall Opus
, a fundraiser for
UM's Creative Writing
program, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Governor's Room at the Florence, 111 North Higgins. Call 243-5267.
On Saturday October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
will host a
the first ever in Missoula. Featured will be
(tbn). Joining them will be
(drums). To make reservations, contact
Missoula International School
at the Ranch Club on Friday, October 9 from 5:00 9:00 p.m. for the Fall Family Round Up and annual fundraiser. For more information, visit
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
From Buenos Aires, the
Alejandro Zeigler Tango Quartet
will be in Missoula October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Downtown Dance Collective.
For tickets and information, visit
With its deliciously dark humor,
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
will set an adult macabre musical tone for your Halloween. Presented by
Missoula Community Theatre,
performances are October 15-18 and 21-25 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available
Come for the Evening - Stay for the Holidays! Women who love to sing -
Five Valley Chorus
welcomes you! Come sing your favorite Christmas songs and learn new ones in four part A Cappella harmony. Join the chorus members on the risers for our annual Holiday concert at the Southgate Mall. No Cost, No Pressure - just great music and new friends. First Baptist Church at the corner of Woody and Pine Streets, 308 West Pine, east door, starting Tuesday October 13 and continuing Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. through December 15. Visit
for more information.
Fall Aikido Intro for Beginning Adults
starts Saturday, October 17 from 2:00-3:30 p.m., followed by four guided basics classes Monday and Wednesday, October 20, 22, 27, 29, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Visit
for more information.
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.
is back, at 1010 Clements Road though November 1.
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.
Alpine Artisans presents Tour of the Arts Fall Weekend, October 10-11, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
for more information.
Badlands Exhibit by
Bale Beckman is at the
Dawson Community College in
Glendive through October 30.
continues their Cabaret series with something the
Cabaret Horror Play
, an entirely different, absurd comedy alongside devastating horror with a side of illusion, October 11-14, 8:00 p.m. at the Crush Lounge in
for more information.
Yellowstone Art Museum
announces the opening of a thought-provoking exhibition,
Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures by Willem Volkersz.
The exhibition will remain on view October 8 - January 3. A public reception takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8. Later this month,
Dr. Helga Kessler Aurisch
, Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be a guest of the YAM on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. She will give a public talk entitled
"Alexander von Humboldt: At the Intersection of Science and Art."
The talk is in conjunction with the last few days of the exhibition
The Botanical Series: Photographs
Jennifer Anne Tucker
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.
Pride and Prejudice
, based on the beloved classic by
, October 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, and November 1. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Playhouse.
Tickets are $15 Adult / $8 Children (12 and under). Visit
Congratulations to Shann Ray on winning the 2015 High Plains Book Award for his first collection of poems, Balefire (Lost Horse press, 2104). The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. More than 200 books were nominated for the book awards, the highest number ever. All of the nominated books were read and evaluated by community volunteers in the first round of the selection process. The finalist books were then judged by writers who were finalists in previous years.
For complete information about arts and entertainment througho
ut the region, visit
How Do Artists Make An Impact In Communities? (Some Ideas)
Grantmakers in the Arts, Sep 30, 2015
Earlier in my career, I was privileged to work across sectors with passionate and gifted artists. In most instances, the connection with the non-arts organization (hospital, correction facility) was made by my organization. But the creation of the service to be delivered was designed and always implemented by these amazing artists. You might define them as "teaching artists," as Eric Booth does in his article in the 2015 fall issue of the Reader. These artists, and thousands like them across the country, are a combination of teacher, professional artist, creative problem solver, and community activist. Click here
American Military Turns To Hollywood For Propaganda Help In Waging War In Middle East
The Daily Beast, Sep 30, 2015
The State Department says it's losing the information war to ISIS-and is tapping HBO, Snapchat, and a screenwriter with deep CIA connections to help turn things around. The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS. This year, the State Department convened a group of friends in the U.S. film industry, social media, and premium cable TV to brainstorm ways to counter jihadist propaganda. Click here
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 New Arts Center In Buenos Aires Hosts 10,000 Visitors A Day
NPR, Oct 04, 2015
A new tourist attraction in Argentina - The Centro Cultural Kirchner in downtown Buenos Aires - has been posting some impressive numbers since it opened in mid-May. As many as 10,000 patrons a day are trooping through an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what's said to be the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Remarkably, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts. Click here
They Made The Wrong Jokes: What Happened To Three Comic-Book Artists In The Arab World's Freest Country
The New Yorker, Sep 29, 2015
In the spring of 2010, three Lebanese comic-book artists were ordered to come to the Beirut headquarters of the Directorate of General Security, where the country's censorship authorities are located. Omar Khouri, Hatem Imam, and Fadi (the Fdz) Baki were in their early thirties, and had known one another since they were kids. (I've known Khouri and Baki since then as well.) In 2007, they founded Samandal, a trilingual comic magazine based in Beirut, which became an important platform for Middle Eastern comic artists. "When we were first called in, we had no idea what was going on," Khouri said. "We assumed that there was a problem with our publishing license or some missing paperwork." The three were told to sit on a bench and not to speak to one another. Then Imam was ushered into an office. 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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