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First Friday and Black History Month in Missoula

Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 18:20:30-05

MISSOULA — Missoula art galleries are gearing up for another First Friday, including the Zootown Arts Community Center where a new exhibit will be on display.

Three refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are showcasing their artwork at the ZACC, just in time to ring in Black History Month.

Paintings, clothing, and textiles are on display. Moses Bushiri's art depicts not only the struggles but also the beauties of where he comes from.

Luc Mugondozi, 23, came to Missoula with two of his brothers in the winter of 2019. He creates textiles and paintings. Luc's brother, Lorenzo Mugondozi, 27, came to Missoula in 2019 and enjoys painting and clothing design.

The exhibit was facilitated by Soft Landing Missoula.

Executive Director Mary Poole said this is how the artists are giving back to the community. "When we have people that are excited about sharing, whether that's food or art or music, we really make it a priority to find an avenue for them to be able to do that."

The exhibit will be on display through the rest of the month.

The Dana Gallery is also showing Stories of the Soul: Studies Celebrating Black History Month. The exhibit is showcases African-American portraits by local artist Debra Pollard.