September 3, 2020, MISSOULA, MT

United Way of Missoula County and Project Tomorrow Montana have become an official partner of Montana Repertory Theatre’s upcoming Educational OutReach production, Zombie Thoughts. Montana Repertory Theatre is thrilled to partner with an organization that does such incredible work throughout the community, and shares many of the same goals surrounding mental health awareness, according to Artistic Director Michael Legg. Zombie Thoughts is the first of four plays in the Rep’s 2020-2021 season, set to kick off with a free outdoor screening of the play at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field on September 9, 2020 as part of Project Tomorrow’s events during Suicide Prevention Week. 

“We’re delighted to be collaborating with Montana Repertory Theatre on Zombie Thoughts to help Montana students expand their social-emotional health and normalize discussing and seeking help for mental health issues. We’re proud to be part of the solution—leveraging national Suicide Prevention Week is important as we spread help and hope to so many in our town,” said Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County & Project Tomorrow Montana chair. 

Live theatre meets interactive video game in Zombie Thoughts, as students across the state help guide Sam (who has anxiety) and Pig (who is punny) through this year's Educational OutReach play. This delightfully funny choose-your-own-path play speaks to students about the effects of generalized anxiety and offers them healthy coping methods. United Way and Project Tomorrow Montana’s work in the realm of mental health makes them an instrumental partner and resource in offering Zombie Thoughts to students across the state of Montana. 

“We could not have asked for a better partner to work with on this production,” said Legg. “The Rep’s mission to spread awareness about childhood anxiety goes hand in hand with Project Tomorrow’s work surrounding suicide and depression—we know that early childhood education has a lasting impact when it comes to growing up with healthy coping skills, and knowing when to reach out for help. We are so grateful for United Way and Project Tomorrow’s role in this year’s Educational OutReach production.” 

The Rep believes that mental health support and awareness is needed now more than ever as the country experiences unprecedented hardship, and talking to Montana’s youth about anxiety and depression is crucial. On top of their partnership with United Way and Project Tomorrow, the Rep is grateful to have the following sponsors and partners supporting Zombie Thoughts and their mission: Blackfoot Communications, ATG, Pacific Health Source Plans, UM School of Media Arts, Curry Health Center, UM Department of Counseling and Montana Public Television. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zombie Thoughts will be the Rep’s first ever virtual Educational OutReach production. Zombie Thoughts kicks off on Wednesday, September 9th with a free showing at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field in Missoula, and then continues with a virtual rollout across Montana. They strongly encourage anyone who wishes to see this production – particularly parents, students and educators—to follow them on social media, visit or contact them directly at 406-243-6809.

About The Montana Repertory Theatre: Montana Repertory Theatre stands at the cross-section of educational and professional theatre, producing work that celebrates, engages and challenges the people of Missoula and the state of Montana. Established in 1967, Montana Repertory Theatre is the state’s only full-season professional Equity theatre. The Rep also serves as the resident theatre of the University of Montana.

About United Way of Missoula County and Project Tomorrow Montana: United Way of Missoula County brings people together to identify problems and craft creative, lasting solutions in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Project Tomorrow Montana aims to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts through collaborative efforts that promote, support, and increase awareness, prevention, intervention, and recovery. Together, United Way and Project Tomorrow Montana work to change lives and build a stronger community for everyone. 

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Michael Legg at 406.243.5288 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection

July 27, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Exhibition Opening Reception on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection grows from the enthusiasm of one collector’s desire to share exceptional art with many audiences.  The exhibition invites dialog and personal connection.  The works stem from the early twentieth century to the present, relying on a broad definition of Modernism that includes work both disruptive and comforting, shocking and inspiring, historic and contemporary, and abstract and representational.  It includes both American and international art, always selected with an overriding emphasis on aesthetic impact and quality.

The exhibition has appeared in other venues with varying selections from the large Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, which organized the exhibition.

July Events and Programs:

 Dollar Day

Saturday, July 1, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.


Open Studio

Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017

10 a.m.–noon or 1–3 p.m.

Ages 5 – 12

$6 members, $7 non-members

Open studio is every Thursday from June 16 – July 28. Registration recommended and opens one week prior to each class. Walk-ins are welcome. For class details please visit online at To register please contact: Berenice Munson, Education Program Coordinator, at 406-256-6804 x232 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



New this year! Summerfair Eve, Friday evening, July 7, 4–9 p.m.

Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Summerfair is the region’s largest annual arts and crafts festival featuring fine artisans, craftspeople, and entertainers from our region.  A new Summerfair Eve Friday evening event will begin the Summerfair weekend featuring live music by The Max, playing from 5-9 p.m.  Children’s tent available on Saturday and Sunday will once again have free children’s art activities–sure to inspire creativity.  This exciting event attracts more than 10,000 people.  Summerfair is a wonderful way to share the joy of art with friends and family. Join us at Veterans Park!

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Title: Holiday Stationstores; Exclusive Media TV: KULR8; Exclusive Media Radio: Radio Billings–Hot 101.9 & 98.5 The Wolf; Lead: Action Electric, Brewer Dental, Hardy Construction, Pepsi Co of Billings, and many more!


Hilltop Inn Free Day

Saturday, July 22, 2017

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Free museum admission for everyone, courtesy of the Hilltop Inn.


Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection Reception

Thursday, July 27, 2017

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us in welcoming this new exhibition. See below for more information.


August Events and Programs:


YAM Camp 2017

Monday–Friday, July 31–August 4, 2017

Morning Session: Ages 6–8 from 9:30 a.m.–noon

Afternoon Session: Ages 9–12 from 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

“Zoom In!” Taking a Closer Look at the World Around Us–There is beauty all around us, and often times we tend to overlook it. During camp, we will learn to explore the microscopic universe and all its unique features. When art meets science, we will turn the invisible into the visible! Registration for YAM camp is now open. Please visit our website for details and to register: Contact Berenice, Education Program Coordinator, with questions or to be added to our waiting list, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 406-256-6804 x232.


National Coloring Book Day

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, the Yellowstone Art Museum will hold a coloring marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. while revealing its new coloring book complete with regional artists' work.


ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

Friday, August 4, 2017

4–9 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Museum admission is free during ArtWalk and Jam at the YAM. Enjoy live music and view our exhibitions. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres are provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups. Free parking is available.


Dollar Day

Saturday, August 5, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.


Riversage Billings Inn Free Day

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Free museum admission for everyone, courtesy of the Riversage Billings Inn.


My Hero: Contemporary Art and Superhero Action Reception

Thursday, August 24, 2017

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us in welcoming this new exhibition. See below for more information.



EXHIBITION 2016-2017 SEASON SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams, and U.S. Bank


Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition is ongoing 

The discoveries made by local artists are not always in the history books!  Gain insight into the art of our region by visiting Boundless Visions.  Selections that allude to the land, to the tenacity of those who work here, and to the many and diverse connections that exist are on view every day.


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors

On view through July 16, 2017

Montana Gallery

This is the first major solo exhibition of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s work in her native state of Montana in over a generation.  In keeping with the YAM’s Montana Masters series goals, Smith is a mature, late-career artist with extraordinary aesthetic, intellectual, and curatorial achievements to her credit.  The evolution of her lifelong investigations is a cornerstone of this exhibition.

TITLE SPONSORS:  Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


Art in Action: Marking Time

On view through August 6, 2017

NW Projects Gallery

Make your own mark at the YAM. The second in a series of participatory exhibitions, Art in Action is designed to activate and demonstrate museum visitors’ curiosity and creativity. Visitors will leave their marks on the walls of the YAM’s Northwest Projects Gallery, signifying their presence in the world of imagination. Participants may choose to visit over and over in order to interact with the marks left behind by others.



Archaea: Rosane Volchan O’Conor

On view through August 6, 2017

Charles M. Bair Family Gallery

Rosane Volchan O’Conor’s unique installation is inspired by the Yellowstone’s history and micro-biome. Using “archaea”—microscopic organisms that survive in extreme environments—as a focal point, the artist’s immersive installation is suggestive of these forms crawling off the walls, hanging crystalized in space, and mutating into clusters across the floor.  Using a variety of conventional and unconventional materials, O’Conor has transformed the YAM’s gallery into a miniature universe.

TITLE SPONSORS: Anonymous, Dr. Donald and Carol Roberts


Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection

July 27, 2017–October 15, 2017

Montana Gallery

Opening reception Thursday, July 27, 2017

This exhibition was drawn from a private collection in Santa Fe, and reveals the multiple intersections between various 20th-century artworks. The connections formed are sometimes obvious, often surprising, and in some cases completely serendipitous in their connection with topical political concerns of the 21st century. The exhibition includes works by regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists such as Bill Schenck, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among many others.



My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action

August 24, 2017–January 2, 2018

Montana Gallery

Opening reception Thursday, August 24, 2017

Experience the escapades of iconic superheroes with this pumped-up collection of international artworks in a variety of media. As contemporary idols, superheroes are a rich source of inspiration for artists around the world.My Hero! celebrates and re-envisions the possibilities that exist when you have a magic cape, lasso, or some superhuman power that changes everything. The exhibition was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California.

TITLE SPONSOR: Mary Alice Fortin Foundation of Florida


Yellowstone Art Museum

401 North 27th Street

Billings, MT 59101


The nationally accredited Yellowstone Art Museum is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, adult and children’s art education, café, Art Collectors’ Corner, Visible Vault, and a 7,500-piece permanent collection.  The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under age 6 free, $4 discount price (please inquire).




Cola Pen Drawing Workshop
Thursday, May 20
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$35 for members; $40 for non-members

Create a customized drawing pen using readily available materials such as a recycled soda can in this Experience Art Adult Education half-day workshop led by local artist Sarah Behrens Lemon. For more information and to sign-up, call the museum front desk at 406-256-6804 or visit us online.

FAM at the YAM
Friday, May 19
5-7 p.m.
$6 child member; $7 child non-member
Free adult member; $3 adult non-member

Join us this Friday night with guest artist Tori Wardrip. Using mixed media, you will explore a variety of printmaking techniques to create unique images, using the printing plates to make several colorful prints to take home. All ages welcome, no registration needed. Come and go between 5 and 7 p.m.

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