The NEED

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ART IS FOOD.
WE DEVOUR IT.
ART IS SHELTER.
IT PROTECTS US.
ART IS CLOTHING.
WE WEAR ITS BEAUTY.
ART IS LANGUAGE.
IT HAS BEEN WITH US LONG BEFORE THE WRITTEN WORD.
— KIA LISZAK

 

We believe in the power of the arts to create the human connections, innovations, and healing to make significant positive change in our world and our community, and the ZACC’s programs serving youth, veterans, families, and seniors are on the forefront of that change.

After ten successful years in our small leased space on the Northside, we are ready to spread our wings so we can expand our programs and serve more Missoulians of all ages and backgrounds.

The Studebaker offers a unique opportunity for the ZACC to provide quality arts experiences to more Missoulians of all ages and backgrounds with an ADA accessible building and proximity to a Mountain Line bus transfer station. Putting the ZACC in this building will have a lasting impact on Missoula’s thriving downtown and our growing city. The ZACC’s presence will add new vibrancy and opportunity, as well as easier access to the arts for all residents of Missoula.

The new ZACC will accommodate triple the amount of youth, veterans, residents and visitors of all ages who can participate in the ZACC's life-changing arts education and enrichment classes and opportunities. 

More artist studios will be available for low-cost rent to support our thriving artist community. The new facility's performing arts center will fill a huge local need for an all-ages performance space and will also be available for community events. 

The project also includes:

- A hands-on, child creativity center 

- Triple the practice rooms and musical instruction space for the rapidly growing Alternative Music Program

- A larger community art gallery as well as a separate gallery for only youth artwork.

- Multiple classrooms to accommodate the ZACC’s large array of classes for adults and youth.

- A larger free community arts supply closet

- An expanded paint your own pottery studio space and a large public print shop 

With the community's support, the new ZACC will double its footprint and increase staff and resources needed to greatly increase the depth of participation and the ZACC's reach to those who need transformative arts opportunities the most. The impact of the ZACC in our community will be phenomenal.

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