Things to do: Welch Fest, Irish music, activist at MAM

Cory Walsh

Here’s a quick guide to some upcoming arts and cultural events happening around Missoula in the coming week.

James Welch Native Lit Festival

(Through Saturday, July 30)

The first-ever James Welch Native Lit Festival continues this week, with Indigenous writers from around the U.S. and Canada coming to Missoula. Check out headliners like Tommy Orange; up-and-coming, award-winning writers like Kelli Jo Ford, Rebecca Roanhorse and Brandon Hobson. They’ll take part in talks, panels and more at the Missoula Public Library and the Wilma. Head to for a schedule. All events are free and open to the public.

People are also reading… Animal-themed art at Radius Gallery

(Friday, July 29)

The Radius Gallery is opening a group exhibition with varied interpretations of animal life, both in subject and medium, with clay, mixed media and paintings. It’s titled, “watching until the watching turns into feeling,” a line from poet Mary Oliver, indicating that the work might be contemplative. 

The artists are David Dragonfly, Steve Godfrey, Shelle Lindholm, Stella Nall, Randi O’Brien, Shannon Troxler and Amanda Winter.

Activist/artist to speak at MAM

(Monday, Aug. 1)

Around 4,000 people have died crossing the desert into the United States.


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