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Visit the ZACC in September for Indigenous Art Exposure, Show Room Performances, Camps, Classes, and more!

Fall is nearly here, and we’re excited to share with you all the incredible things we have happening this month at the ZACC.

On the First Friday (and Saturday) of September we are over-the-moon to share with you Resiliency of Montana: Indigenous Art Exposure, a two-day collaborative and educational event that intersects Montana tribal artists and Indigenous relatives at the ZACC. This event will celebrate Indigenous art and artists of all kinds, and will feature three gallery openings (Carlin Bear Don’t Walk + Monica Gilles-BringsYellow in the Main Gallery, Evani Spencer in the Youth Gallery, and Student Photography from Two Eagle River School in the Blackfoot Communications Gallery), an Indigenous art market, Indigenous poetry, spoken word and art panel presentations, multiple Indigenous musicians, and an Indigenous fashion show — all 100% Native-organized and led. This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsor, The United Way of Missoula County, and the leadership and organizational efforts of Native Action, Inc.

In addition to Resiliency of Montana on the first weekend of September, the ZACC will be hosting over a dozen performances in our venue, The Show Room, throughout the month. We’ll be featuring Izaak Opatz + Maddie Alpert, Trans Future, The Quiet Ruckus Octet, Spirit Hotel, Nightwitch, and The Western States, just to name a few. Get tickets in advance, and check out our full schedule of Show Room events here. We’ll also be starting up our youth after-school programming this month — with Girls Rock Camp, Bird by Bird Writing Group, Printmaking Camp, and Hooray for Clay! And we have many adult art education opportunities coming up, too — with a Beginner’s Relief Printmaking Class, Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced Screen Printing, Painting the Portrait in Oils (Solvent Free), and Sensation Based Movement (starting at the beginning of October). We also have our monthly Drink & Draw at Western Cider on Wednesday, September 8 from 5:30-7:30 PM, a totally free community art event open to all ages and skill levels. This month we’ve partnered with the Imperial Sovereign Court of the State of Montana (ISCSM) to bring you a very special Drink & Draw Drag! Live models from the court will be posing in full drag for lucky attendees to sketch.

With all this and more going on this September at the ZACC, we hope you’ll stop by and see us! We are being extra careful with the current level of the pandemic and ask all visitors to wear their favorite mask when they come inside the ZACC to get inspired, support the arts, and create.

Yours in art,
ZACC Staff & Board of Directors

Artist Ann Karp of Sideways Gaze
  • Kia Liszak, ZACC Executive Director
    Kia Liszak, ZACC Executive Director

    We believe in the power of the arts to create the human connections, innovations, and healing to make significant positive change in our world and our community, and the ZACC’s programs serving youth, veterans, families, and seniors are on the forefront of that change.

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