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. In 2020, children participated from home during the spring quarantine. They dreamed up their monsters from their kitchen tables, or from their bedrooms. Some of them created friends they could imagine playing with. Others used the assignment to recreate themselves in monster form, and talk about their frustrations and hopes. Some just made adorable monsters that love to roller skate and eat pizza. We love them all, and this year’s creative geniuses are in for a treat. Each child’s monster has been given to three adult artists, all of whom will recreate the monster in their own medium. The kids will be able to see their monster come to life in multiple ways!
2020 MISSOULA MONSTER PROJECT EVENT DETAILS
In-Person Gallery Opening: Friday, October 2, 2020, 5-8 PM
Head over to the ZACC at 216 W Main St on Friday, October 2, anytime between 5-8 PM for the 2020 Missoula Monster Project Gallery Opening. Please note that masks are required, and we will be monitoring building capacity. Attendees may have to wait in line outside for their turn to view the monsters. The ZACC will also be open all weekend (as usual!), so feel free stop by and see the show after the opening if you prefer or require a more private experience but still want to venture out and see the show in-person.
Social Distance Sessions: Cowboy Andy & the Salamanders (Virtual Family Dance Party!) Saturday, October 3, 2020, 7:30-8 PM
Check out our Social Distance Sessions live-streaming event on Saturday, October 4, for a FAMILY DANCE PARTY with Cowboy Andy & the Salamanders! They can't wait to rock with all the amazing kids (and grown-ups) who helped make this year's Missoula Monster Project the best one ever. Visit https://www.zootownarts.org/event-details.html/event/2020/10/03/social-distance-sessions-cowboy-andy-the-salamanders/305343 for more information.
Virtual Gallery Opening: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
For those who choose to remain at home or who must do so due to high-risk, don't fret! We will be having a 100% virtual opening for the 6th Annual Missoula Monster Project on Monday, October 5! All youth and adult monsters will be viewable on our website beginning that morning (10/5). Some of the monsters may have been purchased by the online opening, as parents of youth artists always have first dibs, but many will likely 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!
Due to the nature of the project, each year the Missoula Monster Project changes slightly. Normally we work with three different schools, rotating yearly, and the number of participants varies dependent on school enrollments. Due to the pandemic, we expanded to include more schools throughout the Missoula Valley for the 6th Annual MMP! This year we're proud to host:
|Represented Schools||Paxson, Chief Charlo, Rattlesnake, Lewis & Clark, Lowell, Franklin, Russell, Hawthorne, and Hellgate Elementary|
|Number of Child Artists||76|
|Number of Adult Artists||228|
|Total Monsters Created To Date||2,420|
WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MISSOULA MONSTER PROJECT?
Click on the appropriate link to learn more about how you can help make this year's Missoula Monster Project the best one EVER!