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The Story

Love Missoula is all about cultivating connections. By opening our doors to each other – artists, advocates, musicians, & storytellers – we hope to build community over conversation and good food in the place we call home.

Celebrating community & connection

Love Missoula fosters community in a world that is becoming increasingly individualistic. Technology can be a tool to connect, but it can also be a distraction. We celebrate real connection in a friends smile, a strangers hand shake, a heart felt word, a tasty meal, and good conversation. We can all build community, all we have to do is open our doors.


Events

Hosting an event is about having a good time and connecting. Some nights are about conversation, while others are about music, stories, or dance. But every night is about gathering people together, feeling refreshed, and sharing smiles.

Our hope is that Love Missoula events will make us laugh, cry, reflect, and enjoy our time here. Here is a sampling of events we have held or hope to in the future:

  • House concerts
  • Potlucks
  • Open Mics 
  • Comedy
  • Conversations
  • Game nights
  • Dances
  • Theater

We are looking for hosts and artists. Get in touch to share your home or talent

Community starts when we open our doors.


Intimacy & Change

Love Missoula events are held in unique venues, like living rooms, a small theater, or a patio. We believe opening our homes will foster more intimate connections between us.

These kinds of connections facilitate change. We begin to see different perspectives and learn to respect others who see the world differently. Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Connection, travel, community all help us appreciate our neighbors and this is the subtle start to greater change.

We want our events to demonstrate a little more love, respect, charity, and stewardship to the people, environment, and world around us.

But there are some boundaries

We believe that having healthy conversation with each other about shared values will enable a much greater change in our community. It will help us respect people who may view the world a little different than we do. Missoula is a diverse place and we want to be open and welcome any member who wants to be a part of Love Missoula. Love Missoula is not a place for political and religious propaganda. There are other places for that. It is a place for conversation, education, and fellowship. Missoula is made up of all kinds of people and all kinds are welcome.

Join the Community

May our efforts restore a little hope in humanity, because there sure are a lot of good people out there. We hope you’ll join us.

From Dwayne

That’s Me

Thanks for reading this far. I hope we get to meet, and if not I hope you feel a inspired. I grew up having family potlucks. As kids it was a time for my brothers and I to play football, get picked on by our older cousins, and play a game of hide-n-seek. What I didn’t realize, was how every potluck was building community and bringing our family closer together. My grandparents were regular pros at building community. They are huge inspiration for this.

There are many goals at Love Missoula; from increasing community awareness and bridging generational gaps to providing a safe place for people to share or simply gathering. We want to be part of the good that is going on in our community. This starts in our homes with just a few people. It starts with our family, friends, and neighbors.

Love Missoula is looking for leadership, hosts, and ambassadors. We might not change the world, but we can certainly change our role within it.

Thanks so much you guys,

Dwayne

dwayneparton@gmail.com
828.736.5491