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Derek Kanwischer
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Check out the Missoula Mandala Project and support temporary, spontaneous and biodegradeable public art

The last two years Janaina and Pedro Marques have coordinated the Missoula Mandala Project and they are making it happen again this year. Eco-friendly color dies have been used to color saw dust that will be spread out into a wonderful Mandala again this year to color the green at Caras Park on November 2nd (Dia de los Muertos). Here is the footage, pictures, and information they put together for the event.

http://missoulamandala.wordpress.com/

If you are interested in sponsoring the Mandala in 2010, please contact the Zootown Arts Community Center at 406.549.7555.
 
Andy Commons
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More info regarding the Festival of the dead is below.
(copied from the facebook page).

It is that time of year again!! We look forward to you joining us for the 18th Annual Missoula Festival of the Dead. Thanks to our sponsors: VSA arts of Montana, Charlie’s Bar, Cynical and Jaded, Selvedge Studio, Rockin’ Rudy’s, Walking Stick Toys, Big Dipper Ice Cream, Betty’s Divine, Bernice's Bakery, Meadowsweet Herbs, and REOH. Thankyou also to Joanna Yardley (yardley@my-design.net) for designing the poster every year, Advanced Litho Printing, Groundswell Media Productions, and all who have contributed their time, energy, and donations!!

On November 2, 2010, Missoula will once again celebrate with our unique and community-supported processional involving hundreds of people who create performances, costumes, and shrines for their beloved departed. This is the 10th Annual year of the steam roller prints produced by students of the University of Montana and they will be leading our parade to celebrate, followed by whatever YOU bring, as well as UM dancers led by Zombie Jayann Chipman doing a Michael Jackson tribute, the Dead Debutantes (Dread Debs this year), the UM Drawing 101 class, the New Visions dance class, sculpture in motion like the bicycle riding skeleton, along with dancing and live music parading through the heart of downtown on Higgins Avenue. Everyone becomes a performance artist! The festival is an opportunity for people of all generations to honor life and death incorporating Mexican folk traditions, as well as other ethnic traditions, while celebrating with the community.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Weds., Oct.27: 10th Annual UM Art Department Steam Roller Print Project in front of the University Theatre, 10am-4pm.
Sat., Oct.30: Remembrance Workshop, Missoula Art Museum,10am, $5. Call 728-0447 for more information.
Sat., Oct. 30: Missoula Folklore Society Dance, upstairs at the Union Club, $, 8-11pm
Sun., Oct.31: Festival of the Dead Shrine Exhibit and silent auction fundraiser for the Festival--come see shrines created by Missoulians--at the Florence Lobby from 2-5pm (see post if you want to make a shrine!)
Tues., Nov.2: Mandala Project 10a-6p Caras Park, Line-up for the parade and pre-parade performances, including Hypsy Gypsies and UM dancers, starts at 5:15 at Circle Square
PARADE 6PM!!!; post-parade performances at Caras Park, featuring UM Stearm Roller Print Project, UM African Dance Class and Unity Dance and Drum.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SPONSORS FOR THIS EVENT!! Donate your time, a gift certificate for volunteers, or $$$ (a $100 or more contribution will put your name on our posters)...Please make checks payable to VSA Arts of Montana, the Festival’s non-profit co-sponsor, with a DOD note in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: VSA Arts of Montana , P.O. Box 7225, Missoula, MT 59807. Visit VSA Arts of Montana online at www.vsamontana.org. Remember, ALL donations are tax deductible.

 
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