Connecting Art, Culture and Community through Education, Advocacy and Celebration.
Arts Missoula serves as a resource for the coordination, development, and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community, with the goals of:
- Advocating for public and private support of the arts.
- Encouraging collaborative efforts among local arts organizations.
- Educating community leaders and policymakers about the economic benefits of the arts.
- Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world.
Art. Culture. Community.
In collaboration with Arts Missoula and The Western Montana LGBTQ+ Community Center, we are hosting a Dark Matter Variety Show on New Year's Eve at The ZACC, as a part of Missoula on Main... And Beyond! We are leaning into the extraterrestrial / galactic theme for the variety show. We encourage you to use this as a guideline for a performance piece. At this time, there are no restrictions to what kind of performance you can do. Performers will receive $50.00 if accepted into the variety show.
The show is 18+
The Missoula community is blessed to have a large number of people who value and support the arts. Each quarter Arts Missoula recognizes a new Arts Missoula STAR for their important contribution to the Missoula arts landscape. Some of our STARS are performing or visual artists. Some are business people who generously give of their time and resources. Some STARS are behind the scenes and would not be known by the general public but we all benefit from their energy and passion. Some are educators who are making sure that the arts are a valued part of our children’s education. All have a place in our Galaxy of Valued Arts Missoula STARS.
If you have a person in mind for this award, we would love to hear from you. If selected by our committee, the Arts Missoula STAR will have a video produced where they are the STAR!, recognition in our newsletter and on our website, a certificate presentation and a gift card from a local Missoula organization. We love to thank our Arts STARS!
Arts Missoula is excited to announce we will host an Arts Missoula First Friday Pop Up Gallery on the first friday of each month at The Wren Hotel (201 E. Main St.) from 5-7pm. Additional showings of the artist work throughout the month will be by appointment only and scheduled between the artist and the Wren Concierge desk.
Artwork will hang in the Wren's meeting space and features white walls, natural light and garage doors opening to Main Street. This gallery space is centrally located on Pattee and Main, with Black Coffee Roasting, Conflux and three busy hotels sharing the corridor.
We are seeking new artists to showcase each month. **Note**The December artist will have an opening December and not January, however artwork remains in place till the end of January. Showcase your work in this centrally located spot in downtown Missoula, sure to catch the attention of all First Friday goers.
What you need: artist statement, your preferred month(s) of gallery opening, artist bio and press-quality jpegs of your work. Special attention given to new and emerging artists, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists. This is a space to elevate the visual arts voices that is inclusive and diverse. Shows are limited to 1 artist per month. No group shows at this time.
Artists will be selected by a committee of artists and community members to ensure our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and variety of work displayed.
Arts Missoula will arrange refreshments for each opening and will be alcohol free due to restrictions for the Hotel. Arts Missoula will take a small commission on artwork sold to cover marketing, refreshments and staff time. Arts Missoula will seek sponsorships for each month to help defray costs and take pressure off the gallery to make sales. These openings are about providing a unique opportunity for artists to show their work in a focused environment.
Accept or Decline notifications will be sent within one month from submission date. If your proposal is accepted we will arrange a meeting and review a month that works for you. Please select all months that you are available.
This space is only available for 2D artists. 3D art such as sculpture will not be allowed.
Application deadline is August 31st for September 2023 to July 2024 openings.
Missoula on Main is producing our second Dance Showcase inside this Missoula New Year's Eve favorite, formerly called First Night. This year celebrating 30 years!
We endeavor to elevate dance on this day with this very unique performance. Last year, we showcased 7 dance companies, studios and groups to a sold out crowd at MCT Center for the Performing Arts.
While this venue is not secured yet, we hope we can perform there once more.
While we work out the details, we'd hope that you will commit to performing and help us showcase the very vibrant and exciting dance scene here in Missoula.
Please be advised that due to the size and scope of the festival we can only provide a short amount of rehearsal time in the venue. We understand that this is a particular challenge when coordinating your dancers.
You will be asked to fill out a tech sheet for your work so that we may make the best use of the time you get to set your pieces to the stage. This will likely occur on Saturday, December 30th.