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!
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.
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).
Indigenizing the ZACC 'How We Celebrate Our Families' A Benefit for MMIR
A partnership of Missoula’s Indigenous Community, the ZACC, and Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Supported by All Nations Health Center & First Interstate Bank
Curated by Dre Castillo
Second Friday, September 8
All Events are Free & Open to All People
VISIT THE MMIR AUCTION & BID HERE: https://givergy.us/2023MMIRBenefit/?controller=lots&category=All%20Lots
Indigenous Art Market from 3 to 7 PM, in The Show Room – Including work by: Genevieve M. Yazzie "Gigi" & Curtis j. Yazzie
Maegan Rides At The Door
Kodi Tall Bull
Jesse DesRosier (Pikuniboy Media)
June Rae McDonald
Oye Tonga Wi
MMIR / #MikaMatters Walk from Jeannette Rankin Peace Center to the ZACC at 5:30 PM
Gallery Openings from 6 to 8 PM, with Welcoming Prayer at 6 PM
‘Visible Voices: Contemporary Issues IEFA Mural Series’, Works by Students of Frazer School on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation – In the Youth Gallery
‘How We Celebrate our Families’ A Benefit for MMIR (Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives) – in the Main Gallery
MMIR Silent Benefit Auction – in the Blackfoot Communications Gallery (Auction closes September 30 at 6 PM)
Music & Storytelling, featuring Jack Gladstone, at 8 PM in The Show Room
Indigenizing the ZACC, ‘How We Celebrate Our Families’, A Benefit for MMIR, is a 100% Indigenous-led event encompassing all public artistic spaces of the ZACC. The event begins at 3 PM with an Indigenous Art Market featuring over a dozen artists with a variety of different types of work for purchase. Artists and other members of the local Indigenous Community, and their allies, will be gathering at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center at 5:30 PM, and will lead an MMIR / #MikaMatters Walk to the ZACC. After arriving at the ZACC, Jesse DesRosier will share a welcome prayer, and all are invited to the art gallery opening from 6 to 8 PM. Following the gallery opening, there will be music and story-telling in The Show Room at the ZACC, featuring 'Montana’s Troubadour’, Blackfeet Musician Jack Gladstone (beginning at 8 PM).
There will also be free ‘Bring Your Own T-shirt' Screen Printing during the gallery opening, with artwork by Dre Castillo (with a suggested donation of $5)! Our Print Shop Manager, Patricia Thorton, will be helping folks with the process from 6 to 8 PM. Please feel free to bring whatever you’d like to print on – anything light in color will work best.
Artists participating in the Indigenous Art Market and selling work in the Main Gallery receive 100% of the funds collected from the purchase of their work. Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is supporting live storytellers and musicians. All funds collected through the silent auction will be donated to The Snowbird Fund and other similar nonprofits supporting searches for MMIR, their communities, and their families.
Gallery Opening from 6 to 8 PM
The Main Gallery will be showing works from Indigenous artists that relate to / answer the question "How do you celebrate the relationships in your life, and how do you continue to honor those relationships positively, even if the person is no longer physically available to you?"
This show features work in many different mediums from many talented Indigenous artists including Monica Gilles-Brings Yellow, Milo Nicely, Kodi Kuka, Annie Crowe (Móxėšéhá'e), Matt Bell, Mitchell McCabe, Dominica Kauʻanokuʻuipo Esperas, Barbara Schelling, and Natalita Oliver.
Gallery Opening from 6 to 8 PM
The Youth Gallery will exhibit ‘Visible Voices: Contemporary Issues IEFA Mural Series’, Works by Students of Frazer School on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Frazer School is located on Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana and students are primarily enrolled members of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes. Through this mural series, the students of Frazer School are raising awareness of the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) movement, awareness of the recovery of Indigenous children's graves at residential schools, and awareness of the presidential proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day – all through art activism.
BLACKFOOT COMMUNICATIONS GALLERY
Gallery Opening from 6 to 8 PM
The ZACC Blackfoot Communications Gallery will display works from the MMIR Benefit Silent Auction. 100% of the proceeds from this show go to The Snowbird Fund and other similar nonprofits supporting searches for MMIR, their communities, and their families.
Participating artists include Dre Castillo, Nisa Caskey, Kim Foiles, Linda Cox, Laura Blue Palmer, Delaney Wascherol, and Patrica Thornton.
THE SHOW ROOM
Indigenous Art Market from 3 to 7 PM
Music and Storytelling, featuring 'Montana’s Troubadour’, Blackfeet Musician Jack Gladstone beginning at 8 PM
This music and storytelling event is free and open to all. At the beginning of the show, Jesse DesRosier will lead a prayer and hand drum song, The Pete Sisters will share a capella traditional Salish Songs ‘Montana’s Troubadour’, and Blackfeet Musician Jack Gladstone will share his music and stories.
ABOUT JACK GLADSTONE
Jack Gladstone is “Montana’s Troubadour.”
An enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Indian Nation, Jack illustrates Western and Native American culture through a mosaic of music, lyric poetry, and spoken word.
Jack is a cultural bridge builder, articulating historical, mythological, and contemporary narratives through his songs and public presentations.
In a career spanning over three decades, Jack has most recently received the 2016 Governor's Art Award and a 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award from the First Peoples Fund. Jack was recognized with the 2015 Montana Governor's Humanities Award and the Art Council Innovation Award. In 2014 "Jack Gladstone and Friends" were featured on Montana PBS. Previously, in 2013, Jack was inducted into the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame and was recipient of the C.M. Russell Heritage Award. Jack's most recent release, "Native Anthropology" (2011) garnered the prestigious Native American Music Award for Best Historical Recording.