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ARTS Missoula

As of September 1, 2016, the Missoula Cultural Council will officially change its organization name to Arts Missoula. The name change was approved earlier this summer by the organization’s Board of Directors. “Our new name more accurately reflects who we are and what we do,” said executive director Tom Bensen. “This organization is dedicated to […]

It’s Summertime in Montana!

If summer hadn’t officially arrived last weekend, it certainly has by now, looking at the thermometer. And while we all would like some rain to help with the fire danger, at the same time we all admit that summer is why we love Montana. Along with backpacking, fishing, rafting, biking and marathon-ing, summer is also […]

6 Reasons to Support the Arts

1. Art Can Help Create a Positive Image for Missoula Our community relies heavily on the way we are perceived in the world. With tourism and the University of Montana making up the better part of our local economy, it is essential that we present ourselves as a desirable location. While certain recent events may […]

Building a Thriving Missoula: Creating A Sense of Place with Art

The City of Missoula is currently engaged in developing a growth plan – known as Our Missoula. The plan, as you would expect a city wide plan to do, encompasses nearly every aspect of life in Missoula. What we at the Missoula Cultural Council are most excited about however, is the attention being paid to […]

Hidden Gems: Frontier Space Missoula

Located in the alley behind the Old Post Pub, Frontier Space Missoula is a gallery that operates almost like a speakeasy for art. The only official times they open to the public are during First Friday – though there are occasional poetry readings and other performances that happen throughout the month. An inconspicous door leads […]

Zootown Fringe: Keeping Missoula Weird One Festival at a Time

Right now the Zootown Fringe Festival is in full swing. With over 60 performances and art instillations scheduled throughout Missoula and through the weekend, this is the summer’s biggest art event. And it is completely unjuried and uncensored. Anyone with an idea and an application can stage whatever they want for this festival. It’s a […]

Missoula’s Cultural Treasures: The Clay Studio of Missoula

Tucked away on a quiet street in Missoula’s historic West Side neighborhood sits the Clay Studio of Missoula (CSoM) – arguably one of our community’s greatest cultural resources. While today their facility boasts an impressive amount of classroom and community studio space; space for five artists in residence; a sales gallery as well as a […]

Rebuilding Our Communities: Art on the Northside

The Northside and Westside neighborhoods are Missoula’s oldest communities and have been home to many of the City’s working class families for over a century. Once thriving from the railroad and related industries the neighborhood has been hit by a series of economic hardships. Numerous factories have closed forever (some leaving a State Superfund Site […]

Last Best Solstice Sneak Preview: MCC Takes Over First Friday

Today is First Friday and in Missoula that means art. The First Friday Art Walk began 20 years ago and has grown exponentially ever since. A truly organic event, no one person or organization is in charge. For several years the Missoula Cultural Council has collected information each month to give the public a central […]

Icons of the West: Redefined Through Art

Tomorrow night marks the opening of the Dana Gallery’s annual exhibition, “Icons of the West”. Running from May 16 to August 15, the show features over 100 works of art created to reflect what is iconically western. Everything from paintings to sculpture, bronzes, photography, and even animation will be unveiled tomorrow night. Mayor John Engen […]