Maiden Missoula Product Review: Zootown Arts Community Center

By LEAH LEWIS

Last week, I offered a few suggestions for my favorite, locally-made wedding gifts from right here in the Garden City. I mentioned the really cool wine-bottle cheese plates from the Zootown Arts Community Center or, as we call it in the hood, the ZACC!
My kids are regular attendees of the ZACC’s after-school program and even my dad has gotten into glazing ceramics and hanging out in the creative hub tucked on top of the Orange Street underpass just north of DowntownMissoula.

The ZACC started a few years ago to support amateur, developing, and professional artists.  As a mom, I know for a fact there is not enough art education in school these days. Fortunately the ZACC has also incorporated a very well-rounded and enriching art education program for kiddos as well. My daughters have learned about fusing glass, up-cycling creations from Home Resource treasures, painting with watercolors and acrylics, and the detailed process of sculpting.

Zootown Arts Community Center shopWhen I stop by the ZACC in the afternoons after school, I can’t help but spend a few minutes or more in the quaint gift shop in the lobby.  The amazing handmade gifts, gadgets, and wearables you will find there are inspiring and sustaining.  Affordable and usable, you can pick your own wine bottle tray or a shopping bag with a one-of-a-kind silkscreendesign.

You’ll be inspired! Every time I stop by, I am just so happy to live in a town that not only keeps the arts alive, they keep the arts involved and accessible.

Check out the website to see the schedule of affordable and interesting classes. Better yet, stop by and meet the friendly staff and volunteers and find your own treasure!

Find the Zootown Arts Community Center at 235 North 1st St West in Missoula, MT. (406)549-7555

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Leah Lewis is living the dream on Missoula’s Northside with her handsome and handy husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Mila, two dogs, and a cat.  She enjoys making things on her sewing machine, with her knitting needles, and in her kitchen. You can listen to her play today’s pop music every day on Fresh 104.5 FM, or listen to her podcast about hundred or more year old pop music on her classical music podcast with Darko Butorac from the Missoula Symphony. You might catch Leah and her family relaxing in their backyard, cheering on the Missoula Osprey, or rooting for the Lady Griz on any givenweekend.