Cultural Happenings in Montana

Exhibitions Opening at Zootown Arts Collaborative


Freedom Within the Frame:  The Montana Art Therapy Association returns to the ZACC Gallery for a second year to showcase their traveling art exhibit featuring art from art therapists around Montana. This year's theme is "Freedom Within the Frame."


Diane Olhoeft: Welcome watercolor artist Diane Olhoeft to ZACC's Hallway Gallery!


Join the ZACC for an opening reception on August 12 from 5:30-8:30 PM. Both exhibitions will be up through August. Visit ZACC for more information.

Symphony in the Park


The Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to Caras Park on Sunday, August 14, at 7:00 PM for its annual Symphony in the Park concert. Music Director Darko Butorac will lead the orchestra through a lively program of movie scores, dance numbers and light classics. Food and beverage may be purchased from on-site vendors and lawn chairs are encouraged. The event is free and fun for the whole family. For more information on Symphony in the Park and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, call 406-721-3194 or visit

Battle of the Bands


The first annual Missoula Battle of the Bands is taking place at the Western Montana Fair from 7 - 9 PM, August 10 - 13. Support local musicians and buy your tickets online at


missoula battle of the bands


Tickets are only $6 and include general admission to the fair.



Missoula High School Actors Perform at the China Children's Theatre Festival


Can you "seek a sword from a notch on a boat?" Is it necessary to "teach a fish how to swim?" And there are consequences to "being there just to make up a number?" These ancient idiom stories have long been part of the repertoire of the China National Theatre for Children. And now a group of American high schoolers is presenting their version of these tales at this year's China Children's Theatre Festival -- in Chinese! Watch the news clip here!



Drawn to Broadway at MCT Center for the Performing Arts


Are you Drawn to Broadway?  Then you'll be drawn to MCT this week as 177 talented teenagers present this lively musical show.  The culmination of the Missoula Children's Theatre's Performing Arts Camp (PAC), you and the family can enjoy the air-conditioned theatre on Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 5 & 8 PM and Saturday at 1 & 4 PM.  From comics to super heroes to historical icons, the show brings to life familiar characters and stories with song, dance and tons of fun! Tickets available at or call 728-7529.


Regional Art & Culture Events




Drum Brothers Outdoor Concert


At 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 10th, Drum Brothers world percussion ensemble will be giving a concert at the newly renovated gazebo on the grounds of Daly Mansion in Hamilton. The concert is $5 per person. For more information, please visit



August at Carbon County Arts Guild in Red Lodge


Blue Buffalo Artists Exhibit: August 1-31


Mary Blain, Nellie Israel, and Gerald Wempner: Paintings and Bronzes: August 1-31


Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery is located in Red Lodge, MT. Visit their website for more info.


Classes, Workshops, & Camps




Tango at the Brick Room


tango lessons

Tango Missoula hosts an introductory class and milonga social dance on the second Saturday of each month at Downtown Dance Collective. This Saturday, the beginner lesson starts at 8 PM followed by dancing from 9 PM to midnight. No experience or partner necessary! Potluck food and refreshments.


Visit for more information.



Summer Camps at ZACC


Slapstick Comedy: Aug 8 - 12

Vaudeville Camp: Aug 8 - 12

Collaborative Performance Camp: Aug 15 - 19


Visit Zootown Arts website to register!



Summer Camps at the Art Museum


Color and Painting in the Natural World: 

Aug 8 - 12

Puppets, Play, and Performance: Aug 15 - 19


Visit Missoula Art Museum's website for details about upcoming summer camps for the kiddos!


Ongoing Exhibitions & Events




Current Exhibitions at MAM


The Missoula Art Museum presents local and regional contemporary artists. Visit MAM's website for information about current and upcoming exhibitions.


Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015

through December 10

Devin Leonardi: In Memoriam

through September 10

Karen McAlister Shimoda: Field Notes

through October 1

Holly Andres: The Homecoming

through August 20

Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies

through August 13

Frank Stella: Henry Garden

through August 20

Greg Siple: Bicycle Eclectic

through August 27

MAM Studio Art Teachers

through August 27




This Summer at Montana Museum of Art  and Culture


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at University of Montana hosts two incredible exhibitions this summer:


Wood Engravers Network Triennial Exhibition

June 9 - September 17

Paxson Gallery


Dramatic Moments: Frederic Remington's Early Engravings, 1882-1895

June 9 - September 17

Meloy Gallery


Free public lecture: "Remington's Formative Years," by art collector and educator Lee Silliman, September 8 from 7 - 8:30 PM

Please visit MMAC's website for more info.

Art Calls




Festival of the Dead


ZACC seeks submissions for the 5th Annual Festival of the Dead group art show inspired by the theme "

Heroes, Dreamers, and Fighters." Details online. 

Deadline to apply: September 18

3rd Annual Radius Holiday Show


Radius Gallery invites artists to submit their original artworks to its third annual Holiday Show. Last year's show was very well received by gift buyers and collectors alike-with over 100 artworks sold! This year's show promises to be even bigger and better. Find out all details online here. Deadline: September 25, 2016.

Sussex School Seeks K-8th Grade Music Teacher


Sussex School, an independent, K-8th grade school is hiring a music teacher (.8 FTE)  for the 2016/17 school year. Sussex focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth in our students through place-based, experiential education and a focus on community. For more information about the position and how to apply, visit the Sussex website.

Help Welcome International Students


The Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) is seeking volunteer families, couples and single people to become Community Friends to a growing number of international students and scholars who will begin studies at the University of Montana this fall. This is NOT a home stay and Community Friends have no financial obligations for the students or scholars. Many international students want to get to know Americans on a more personal basis and are eager to share their culture with you.  This program is free to both students and Community Friends. For more information or to apply see Completed applications must be submitted by August 27, 2016.



Missoula Art Museum Seeks Art Guides


MAM's Art Guide Program trains dedicated individuals to lead tours of MAM exhibitions for all ages. Employing the Visual Thinking Strategies approach, Art Guides reach audiences by helping them learn to look at, appreciate, and respond to contemporary art. If you're passionate about art and enjoy sharing the museum experience, the Art Guide Program is perfect for you! For more info on becoming an art guide, contact Renee Taaffe.


Join MAM for an Art Guide Welcome and Celebration on Friday, August 26th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. 

Get together with MAM staff and the other art guides to relax and kickoff a new season at the museum. Food and libations will be served. 


Mark Your Calendar



4th Annual Zootown Fringe Festival

6 days of Fresh Live Shows 

August 16-21, 2016



Summertime High Tea

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Purchase your tickets online here!


Festival Amadeus

Classical Music Festival

Whitefish and Bigfork, MT

August 8-14, 2016

Get your tickets online today!




Crown of the Continent

Guitar Workshop & Festival

A dazzling lineup of master guitarists

August 28 - September 3, 2016

Bigfork, Montana

Get your tickets online today

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