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  • First Friday Missoula – August 1, 2014

    First Friday Missoula – August 1, 2014

    Make the most of First Friday Missoula with our Missoula Art Galleries Guide! Find First Friday shows, month-long exhibitions, information on Missoula arts and other cultural events.

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  • Germanfest


    September 7, 2014 – Caras Park
    Join us this fall for Germanfest, a Montana German Festival celebrating Missoula’s sister city partnership with Neckargemünd, Germany. From 2 pm to 6 pm we’ll have German music & dancing, bratwurst, and Bayern beer in Caras Park.

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The Missoula Cultural Council was formed in February 1991 as the result of a two year public planning process. A written report, The Fabric of Missoula, provided the basis for the formation of Missoula Cultural Council as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The first of its kind in Montana, the Missoula Cultural Council is a local arts agency as defined by the National Endowment for the Arts. Soon after its formation, Missoula Cultural Council was designated an official cultural agency for Missoula County and the City of Missoula. Today, the Missoula Cultural Council supports and promotes a wide range of cultural Missoula events, including First Night Missoula, Last Best Solstice, First Friday Missoula, as well as hosts online Missoula art galleries, Missoula museum and Missoula events directories.

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Artists & Resources

Looking for a musician for your event? Want to learn how to Salsa dance? Need a venue for your performance? Want to host a First Friday Missoula, but don’t have an artist? Whatever the need, the Missoula Cultural Council Artist Directory has got you covered. Listings for individuals and organizations specializing in the visual and performing arts as well as the humanities can be found here. Artists can also find a host of resources here, including links to granting organizations and other support systems for Missoula Artists.

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Support Missoula Culture! Become a Member

Whether you share a passion for the performing arts, visual arts, the humanities or events like First Night Missoula, the Missoula Cultural Council’s mission serves it all. But we couldn’t promote Missoula culture and Missoula arts without your help. Don’t hesitate to become a part of our creative community. Join the Missoula Cultural Council today and help our programs grow!

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Calendar of Missoula Events

Provided by MissoulaEvents.net, the Missoula Cultural Council hosts a community calendar of Missoula events tailor-made for arts and culture lovers. Find out what’s going on in your community, or submit your own event and we’ll help you promote it through our Missoula events calendar.

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This Gallery Guide is a complete source for art exhibits happening around Missoula. Updated monthly, the Gallery Guide contains information about Missoula art galleries, art shows and exhibits happening in museums, galleries and other locations throughout Missoula. Complete with First Friday Missoula reception information and now available in a mobile friendly format, the Gallery Guide is the perfect companion for a night out in Missoula. All listings are free to artists and organizations. Sponsorship of the printed and web guide are available for only $150 per month.

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First Night Missoula is a New Year’s Eve celebration of art and culture. Each year the Missoula Cultural Council gathers anywhere from 80 to 100 performing artists for a festival that spans 12 hours and as many as 30 venues throughout Missoula. Inspired by a similar event in Boston, First Night Missoula began as an alcohol free, family friendly alternative for New Year’s Eve. First Night Missoula offers a wide range of performances of dance, theatre, music and art in every genre. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 festival. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2014.

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Preparations are currently underway for the 2014 Last Best Solstice: Art on the River, an annual festival celebrating Missoula's visual artists. More information will soon be available on how you can get involved.
The Missoula Cultural Council is dedicated to connecting art, culture and community through education, advocacy and celebration. Each year we host unique events to celebrate Missoula culture and creativity. We do our best to keep you informed of issues facing the arts community, as well as events and exhibits happening throughout Missoula. We work with local government and national organizations to ensure a secure future for the arts in Missoula. And we couldn't do it without your support. Countless Missoulians lend time, effort and resources to help us in reaching our goals. Join our creative community and consider becoming a member of the Missoula Cultural Council.

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