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8th Annual Missoula Monster Project

Opening First Friday, October 7, 5-8 PM & exhibiting through October in the Main Gallery

Gallery Opening: Friday, October 7, 2022, 5-8 PM
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Every school year, the Zootown Arts Community Center works in collaboration with the MCPS Fine Arts Department to produce the Missoula Monster Project, one of our most beloved annual events. Originally conceived by nine year-old Asa Smetanka, the Missoula Monster Project is always a collaboration between school children and adult artists. Kindergartners draw a monster from their incredible imaginations, and adult artists recreate these monsters in their own medium. This year kindergarten classes from Chief Charlo, Lowell, and Franklin schools have created original monster drawings for artists to reimagine.

Head over to the ZACC at 216 W Main St on Friday, October 7, anytime between 5-8 PM for the 2022 Missoula Monster Project Gallery Opening! The ZACC bar will be open and folks will be able to purchase beverages for their enjoyment during the event. Monsters will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis – so arrive early to snag your favorite! The 8th Annual Missoula Monster Project will remain on display in our Main Gallery through the month of October, so feel free to stop by and see the show after the opening if you prefer a more private experience.

For those who are far away and can't come to the ZACC for our in-person opening, don't fret – the 8th Annual Missoula Monster Project will also be shoppable online! All youth and adult monsters will be viewable through a link on our website following the in-person opening. Some of the monsters will have been purchased by the time our online monster shop is live (as parents of youth artists always have first dibs), but many will still be available. We have a goal this year to FIND A HOME FOR EVERY MONSTER, so feel free to share the virtual gallery far and wide!

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