Any Given Child Missoula
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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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Missoula Cultural Council,
City of Missoula,
have teamed up to bring you
Missoula's long-range event planning calendar.
to list your event.
|MCC Arts & Cultural Directory
|Calling all Artists and Cultural Organizations
Did you know that the Missoula Cultural Council maintains a public database on our website of visual and performing artists as well as galleries, art organizations and cultural venues in Western Montana?
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
|MCC 2015 Calendar
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...
The Missoula Art Museum presents continuing
Neil Chaput and Keith Graham: Montana's One-Room Schools
through September 19;
Kathryn Schmidt: Seen In Broad Daylight
through October 24, Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry through February 27, 2016 (pictured here).
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949 - 1992
September 24 - December 12 in the
Paxson and Meloy Galleries, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 24, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
University of Montana School of Music
Navy Band Northwest
, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. in theUM Recital Hall; and the Faculty Guest Artist Series with the
Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet
featuring Andrew Dahlke, soprano and alto saxophone; Johan Eriksson, alto saxophone; Matthew Roehrich, tenor saxophone; and Samuel Williams, baritone saxophone,
September 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall.
City Club Missoula
presents a lunch and discussion featuring
MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane
today, September 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Visit
for reservations and more information.
Missoula Community Theatre
will prove that Shakespeare is for everyone with a NEW performing arts class for Grades 6-12. Register now for
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
September 14 - October 9th, with performances on Saturday, October 10th. Register online at
or call 728-7529.
In celebration of
Arts in Education Week
Missoula Children's Theatre
Little Red and the Hoods.
This delightful tale of Little Red Riding Hood, told with modern lessons includes plenty of audience participation and fun. Tickets are on sale now for Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. and also an adapted performance for people living on the autism spectrum on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. For more, call 728-7529 or visit
Living Art of Montana
Creativity for Life drop-in Saturday workshop September 19.
An Expressive arts workshop that takes place 2 Saturdays per month year-round for people facing illness or loss including care providers and family members. No charge, registration not required, all materials provided. Workshops run 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Living Art studio. Topic/Facilitator to be announced.
Tell Us Something
Oldest Trick in the Book,
September 15, 6:00 p.m. at the Top Hat Lounge. Join us for a night of true personal stories shared without notes and based upon the theme: Oldest Trick in the Book. Eight storytellers are on the roster.
presents their Fourth Annual
Flamenco Montana Festival
featuring a host of classes for all experience levels in dance, guitar, and canto (songs).
Antonio Hidalgo Paz
will lead classes and present a concert happening September 16 at 7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church. Classes will be held at Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater September 17 through 20.
Loft of Missoula
"New York Folk Meets Missoula Swing: Again!"
Ron & Ron"
) on Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.
Montana Repertory Theatre
Funny Bellies by Gaaby Patterson,
Sunday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m.at the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center on the UM Campus. The even is free (pass the hat). Call 243-6809.
University of Montana students looking for volunteer opportunities can explore their options during the
Fall Volunteer Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15-16. Hosted by UM's Office for Civic Engagement and the student group Volunteers In Action, the fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days in the University Center Atrium. Students and community members can learn about numerous volunteer opportunities available in the Missoula area from nearly 30 community agencies, which will have the chance to recruit new volunteers. The Office for Civic Engagement also will provide information about several of its programs during the fair. For more information, contact Colleen Kane, director, UM Office for Civic Engagement, 243-5531.
Arc Iri, a Providence, RI based band, will be playing at
FrontierSpace (In the alley behind the Old Post) September 19 at 7:00 p.m. Free event, donations encouraged.
Big Sky Mudflaps
celebrate 40 years of playing music by reenacting their first gig in 1975 at the
Top Hat Lounge
on September 19, starting around 9:00 p.m.
String Orchestra of the Rockies
, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the UM Music Recital Hall, featuring the internationally acclaimed cellist
Zootown Arts Community Center accepting submissions for our 4th Annual Festival of The Dead Group Art Show. We at the ZACC are proud to celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated to pay respect to the deceased. Join us in celebrating life and working through death with self-expression. Only through art can we truly appreciate the absence of life. Application deadline is September 21. Visit here for more
- Desire, Not Experience, Sought After. Have you ever wanted to learn to play percussion using a variety of hand and stick drums, Tibetan bowls and bells, and smaller percussion instruments? A special introduction to this largely improvisational music is being planned. You do not have to have musical experience or the instruments themselves. A small group will be formed to participate in an afternoon and evening session at the Missoula Public Library on September 29 as part of
Missoula Public Library Senior Citizen week
. Quiet Drum & Percussion blends worldwide percussion instruments, softer drums and voice for a meditative musical evening. Flutes, violin, udu, harps, Tibetan bowls and bells, and smaller percussion instruments make up the musical mix. Largely improvisational. All musical talent and experience levels welcome. Please contact
John or Susan Hancock
at 721-2789 or e-mail
For more information about arts events in the Missoula area, visit
| Elsewhere in Montana and the Region...
The Montana Historical Society presents the Montana History Conference September 24-26 at the Hilton garden Inn in Bozeman. Call 444-1799.
The Open Book Club of Seeley Lake presents the Fall 2015 schedule. On September 19, Gwen Florio will read from her mystery novel Montana at the Grizzly Claw Trading Co in at 7:00 p.m. On October 24, David Gates reads from Hand Reached Down to Guide Me. On 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.
Bigfork presents Chalk 'n Rock September 19-20 on thestreets downtown. Call 837-5888.
The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce presents the Great Northwest Oktoberfest September 24-26 and October 1-3 in Depot Park . Call 862-3501.
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.
Sanders County Arts Council is accepting applications for the Fall Show of
"Art on the Walls" at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital. The show runs September 24 through December 21. Art for this juried show must be the original work of a Sanders County artist. It can be any medium so long as it can be hung on the wall. Applications are due September 14. For applications or more information call 826-8585.
For complete information about arts and entertainment througho
ut the region, visit
How Seattle Abandoned A Beloved Arts Festival And What Happened When The Concert Industry Took It Over
Email/share this Seattle Times, Sep 06, 2015
I almost had to take out a second mortgage to go to Bumbershoot. How did it come to cost $109 per day? The answer is we abandoned our arts festival, so this is what we get. Dear young people of Seattle: I'd like to apologize. We older folks have once again screwed up for you a generous and beautiful tradition that we ourselves enjoyed nearly cost-free for decades. Click here
Has Our Culture Become Too Sensitive To Offense?
The Spectator, Sep 01, 2015
It's becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It's as if they've caught a virus, a mental one, a set of thoughts and ideas that might loosely be called political correctness, but seem to me weirder and more damaging than that. Back in the 1990s, PC students would stamp about with placards demanding equal rights for minorities and talking about Foucault. This new PC doesn't seem to be about protecting minorities so much as everyone, everywhere from ever having their feelings hurt. It came from America, this virus, incubated in the closed minds of the Land of the Free, but it's here now, and contagious. Click here
In The Age Of Creativity Everyone's An Artist
The New York Times, Sep 06, 2015
Where once drawing and other painterly pursuits were the province of starving artists or simply child's play, unlocking one's creativity has become the latest mantra of personal growth and career success. We nurture our inner Helmut Newtons on Instagram. We explore storytelling with our iPhones like the director Sean Baker did with his movie "Tangerine." Buy some crayons, we are told, and be more productive at work. Like mindfulness and meditation before it, creativity has become a mainstream commodity. Click here
What Should The Arts Be Doing That They Aren't?
Barry's Blog, Sep 02, 2015
Sometimes I look around at what we're NOT doing, especially when compared to other sectors, and I just don't get it. Where is the arts version of the Little League World Series? Where is the arts public relations tool to capture the same public platform touting the value of the arts to kids? Click here
ISIS Destroys Yet Another 2,000-Year-Old Temple In Syria
New York Times, Sep 01, 2015
After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Baal in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, a United Nations agency said late Monday that satellite images confirmed that the structure had been largely destroyed. The primary temple building, nearly 2,000 years old, was flattened, according to the satellite images, taken Monday and released by the United Nations training and research agency Unitar, based in Geneva. Click here
Why Don't Canadians Want To See Canadian Movies?
The Globe and Mail (Canada), Sep 06, 2015
It was a small film, sure, but the reviews were promising. One critic called it "a blessing," and blessed it with three stars. Others praised its young lead actress, a confident 16-year-old tapped by the Toronto International Film Festival last year to be part of its "Rising Stars" mentorship program. The film in question, a rewarding coming-of-age tale, had sold out two screenings at TIFF 2014. True, it had an unfortunate title: Wet Bum, a nod to the lead character's reluctance to change out of her bathing suit after lifeguard class. Still, it had plenty of other things to recommend it, including music by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and a script that had been a Top 10 finalist in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. Click here
Arabic 'Sesame Street' Returns For First Time Since Gulf War
New York Times, Sep 04, 2015
Elmo and the Cookie Monster are returning to the Persian Gulf for the first time in 25 years. On Friday, a new production of "Iftah Ya Simsim," the Arabic cousin of "Sesame Street" that ended in 1990, will have its premiere on nine channels across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries of the Persian Gulf. The show, like its United States counterpart, aims to use entertainment to set an example for children on issues like obesity and literacy. Click here
China's Economy Is Crashing. What Might Save It? The Arts?
Washington Post, Sep 06, 2015
Shop owners, art curators, foreign visitors and local artists wave to curator James Elaine as he pushes his bicycle through a decommissioned military factory zone turned bohemian artist neighborhood here called "Dashanzi Art District," or more typically, the "798 Art District." Once a collaboration between the Soviet Union, East Germans and Chinese, this 5.3 million-square-foot post-industrial space sprawls over many city blocks in a variety of concrete warehouses. It's a paradise for a flourishing arts community and a Beijing outpost of the global hipster movement one finds in places such as Brooklyn, N.Y., Portland, Ore., and Berlin. Elaine explains that leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 the Chinese government loosened its oversight on the 798 (and incorporated it for their public relations purposes), which is now filled with cafes, galleries, museums and design stores. Click here
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