The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and SPARK!/Any Given Child Missoula are joining forces to present the third annual Missoula Monster Project. Kindergarten classes from three Missoula County public schools created original monster pieces that are then illustrated by adult artists. This project’s purpose is to bring more art into the public schools. The Missoula Monster Project features some of Missoula’s favorite visual artists, such as Courtney Blazon, Adelaide Every, and David Miles Lusk, alongside dozens of first-time and upcoming artists. Artworks range in medium from digital art to sculptures. The works find unity in their subject matter and size. All artworks are 8 inches square or smaller. Three-year Monster Project veteran Foster Caffrey finds that each year he participates offers something new: “The anticipation of receiving my monster might be the best part; seeing the goofy/weird/cool creatures that come from these kids’ minds is awesome.” Caffrey has also found that it is more rewarding to “not deviate too far from what the kid has created. I’ve learned to have fun with it and not over think.” In an effort to encourage more art in the lives of youth, a minimum 50% of the earnings from this show goes towards bringing Missoula County Public School kids to the ZACC for art classes. The participating Kindergarten classes this year are from Chief Charlo, Hawthorne, and Franklin Schools. Join the ZACC in welcoming the artworks of 400 artists to our gallery at the grand opening on Friday, September 8, from 3:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the show, the artworks will be on display in the Main Gallery for the month of September. Visit the monsters during open hours, 11am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.