For “Indigenizing the ZACC,” a benefit for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives, the arts nonprofit is turning its galleries and performances over to Native artists and performers.
Andrea “Dre” Castillo, a multicultural Navajo artist and activist, stands next to a canvas with the letters “Protect Her” painted across the frame along with red and white hand prints, symbolizing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement. The art will be showcased at the Zootown Arts Community Center gallery, “How We Celebrate Our Families.” The gallery is part of “Indigenizing the ZACC,” a benefit for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives, opening on Friday, Sept. 8.
ANTONIO IBARRA OLIVARES, Missoulian
On Friday, Sept. 8, the Zootown Arts Community Center will open up its spaces for “How We Celebrate Our Families,” curated by the local Indigenous community in collaboration with the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. It will include a Native art market, three gallery shows, a series of murals made by students from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, a performance by “Montana’s Troubadour,” Jack Gladstone, and more.
The central idea is simple: “bringing our Indigenous