Fine Arts in OCTOBER
UM Homecoming - Hitting the Street with MUSIC!
At 10:00 on Saturday, October 5th the University of Montana Homecoming Parade featured hundreds of our MCPS Musicians as they entertained hundreds of spectators as part of Montana's largest parade. In order of appearance this year:
- The Hellgate High School Marching Knights
- The Big Sky Marching Band
- The Sentinel Marching Band
- The MCPS Fiddle Float
- The MCPS RED WAVE
That's a lot of fun music heard as those musicians marched, walked, and rolled by everyone on Higgins and University avenues.
Missoula MONSTER Project!
Last spring kindergarten students at Jeanette Rankin, Lewis & Clark, and Russell Elementary created Monsters in their Art Classes. Adult artists have been making their renditions of those student monsters over the summer. Parents will have a special preview of the Monster Project from noon to 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 24 at the new Zootown Arts Community Center at 216 W. Main St.
ALL STATE Band, Choir, & Orchestra
MCPS is seeing the fruits of our music education labor in the selection of one hundred and eleven musicians for the All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra for 2019. Three bus loads of Missoula musicians will represent the state in Billings during the Montana Music Educators Association conference on October 17 & 18. These amazing students and their counterparts from across the state will perform at the MHSA All-State Gala Concert at the Lincoln Center in Billings Friday evening. We have NEVER had so many students selected. This is indicative of the high-quality music education these students receive throughout their school career at MCPS. You can see the names of these students and the schools they represent by clicking on the 2019 All-State Band, Choir, & Orchestra tab.
7th Grade SPARK! Arts Enhancement
As part of the Kennedy Center's ANY GIVEN CHILD Initiative, MCPS joins with SPARK! Arts Ignites Learning to provide Arts Enhancements to every student from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. At the end of the month, the Montana Repertory Theatre will be coming to each of our middle schools to perform Love That Dog! to our 7th Graders. The Montana Rep has an amazing outreach program to schools throughout the state. We are so fortunate to have them as part of our enhancement series each year!
Missoula named a 2019 BEST Community for Music EducationMissoula County Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to Music Education. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.Celebrate the ArtsWelcome to the MCPS Fine Arts webpage. Please take time to checkout our video links to student performances as well as the calendar of this years activities, performances and festivals. You can be very proud of the wonderful fine arts staff we have in Missoula. Be sure and have your students take full advantage of their amazing talents. When students are involved in the arts it's good for everybody!SPARK! ARTS IGNITE LEARNING is a collaborative effort between the Kennedy Center, Arts Missoula, MCPS, SPARK! & numerous community partners. Visit the Spark!Arts Ignite Learning website to learn more!