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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the ZACC! Our organization thrives on the generosity of volunteers like you to help fulfill our mission. We welcome folks to help in several areas of our operation; our youth classes and rock camps, our Laura Grace Barrett Print Shop, and live events held in the Show Room at the ZACC. There are also several individual opportunities to lend a hand throughout the year like our annual Mini Show fundraiser or tabling sessions at schools and community events. 

However you would like to help out, we want you to know that we value your contribution. Therefore, those volunteers who complete at least 15 hours for the ZACC are eligible to receive a voucher valued at $25 to be used on events and classes for themselves, or events, classes or camps for family members. For each additional 10 hours, volunteers are eligible for another voucher of the same value. Vouchers may not be redeemed for retail items such as pottery, items in the shop, or gallery pieces. 

Please look at the various volunteer roles listed and send us your contact information, as well as your preferred availability (evenings after 5, Sundays, unavailable on Tuesdays, etc.), using the subsequent form. We are certain we can find a way for you to make a difference! 


  • Youth Classes/Visual Arts


    Summer: 8AM - 12PM or 1PM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday  
    School Year:  4 - 6:30PM Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and 3 - 5:30PM on Thursdays


    • Assist the class instructor with material preparation and classroom organization for specific lessons in a diverse catalogue of artistic genres ranging from clay handbuilding to stop motion animation. 
    • Work with individuals or groups of students to help them work through the content of the lesson.
    • Assist with classroom clean up.
    • We do encourage volunteers to pick at least one camp (either one full week in the summer or 6 consecutive weekdays in the school year) and volunteer for the duration of that camp. 
  • Rock Camps


    Summer: 9:30AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday
    School Year: 4 - 6PM, Monday and Wednesdays or 4-6PM on Tuesdays and 3 - 5PM on Thursdays


    • Assist Rock Camp Instructors with instrument set up and the division of the group into bands. 
    • Work alongside instructors with one band or rotate among bands helping students to craft their own lyrics and guiding them in the creation of individual parts to contribute to their group’s song. Help the bands stay on task, rehearse effectively, and prepare for the final performance at the end of camp.
    • We value all levels of musical experience among our Rock Campers. For some, it will be the first time they pick up their chosen instrument and others may have already had a few years of lessons.
    • We also value myriad experience levels in our instructors and volunteers. Whether you are a professional musician or just like to play for fun, reach out if you are interested in passing along a passion for music.
  • Show Room at the ZACC


    Days Vary, Approximately 6:30 - 10:30 PM


    • Assist with Show Room set up and staging. 
    • Work in a variety of roles during live performances, such as helping bartenders, ushering, running the door, and other duties as needed.
    • Enjoy awesome music, live theatre, or other performances taking place at the ZACC.
  • Laura Grace Barrett Print Shop


    Weekdays, 1-2 Hour Blocks, 10AM - 6PM
    Weeknights, 6 - 8PM for Adult Printmaking Classes


    • Assist in print shop maintenance and cleaning.
    • Monitor print shop usage for class participants and other keyholders. 
    • Assist the Gallery and Printshop Manager with class preparation, lesson delivery, and clean up.
  • Front Desk/Paint Your Own Pottery Studio


    Weekdays, 1-2 Hour Blocks, 10AM - 6PM
    First Friday Evenings, 5 - 9PM


    • Assist with upkeep and operation of Paint Your Own Pottery Studio (clear glazing, assisting customers, etc.).
    • Help with sales of items from the studio and the ZACC Artists Shop. 
    • On First Fridays, help direct patrons to the gallery, assist with bartending, and helping the front desk employee on duty record gallery sales.
  • Special Events and Outreach


    Varied dates and times


    • Throughout the year, the ZACC has several individual events and outreach opportunities where volunteers can help spread the word about our organization and mission to cultivate community through accessible arts experiences for all. These events range from the ZACC Mini Show, our largest annual fundraiser, to tabling opportunities at local public schools. More information about these volunteer opportunities can be found via our site Menu > Shows & Events > Annual Events (select the event of your choice).

11th Annual ZACC Mini Show 2023

Submit Work for Jurying by February 12, 2023

To submit work visit our Submittable page at:

On April 1, 2023, the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) will celebrate its 11th Annual Mini Show Benefit Auction in the beautifully renovated Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. For our 2023 Mini Show art auction and gala we've again secured this well-appointed space in order to share visual creations of all sizes. The 2023 Mini Show will be the most accessible Mini Show ever – both for attendees and for folks unable to make it! Artists who choose to donate 100% of sales will be offered two second floor gallery tickets (dinner not included), or one first floor dinner ticket. Please reserve tickets early. Artists who choose to donate 75% or 50% of sales will be offered one second floor gallery ticket (dinner not included). We will continue using our new online auction platform (so the silent auction will be accessible to anyone – whether they attend or not).

This live gala event will include live entertainment from a cast composed of longtime supporters and new friends, a silent and live auction, a cash bar, a catered dinner, a dessert auction, and more! The Mini Show is the ZACC's largest fundraising event of the year. Art donations made to the Mini Show support year-round arts programming and education for the Missoula community and its visitors. With your help, we hope this year will boast the most incredible catalog of local and regional art yet!


Sunday, February 12, 2023 // Last day to submit artworks (early submissions with press quality jpegs are appreciated for press releases and social media campaigns)
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 // Acceptance notifications emailed
Thursday, February 16 through Saturday, February 26 // Deliver artworks
All artwork must be framed and ready to hang. If you need a shelf or a pedestal please let us know in advance.
First Friday, March 3 // Opening Reception @ the ZACC from 5 to 8 PM
Saturday, April 1 // Mini Show @ the Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds


Artists are invited to submit ANY size artwork. In total, artists may submit up to three (3) separate works for consideration. Any medium is welcome. Works will be jury selected. No triptychs or diptychs.

Artists may choose to give a 50%, 75%, or 100% donation of the final sale prices. Bidding will start at half the declared value. Please consider what your works have recently sold for in determining this. We have a big building with big exciting goals so don't please don't be shy about pricing your work for what it is worth. MINI-MUM (haha) declared value is $100. Only the works jury-selected will be considered for the show; you may not substitute.


Inclusion in our 11th Annual Mini Show Art Exhibition and Silent Auction @ the ZACC and online (silent auction bidding online only). Artists who choose to donate 100% of sales will be offered two second floor gallery tickets (dinner not included), or one first floor dinner ticket. Please reserve tickets early. Artists who choose to donate 75% or 50% of sales will be offered one second floor gallery ticket (dinner not included).

For additional questions please email Gallery Director Patricia Thornton at


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