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Just click on the button for Network for Good below.  You will be directed to the Network for Good website featuring the Cultural Center (our legal name is “New York Mills Arts Retreat”).  Thank you!


Community Halloween Party

Halloween Party October 24

Join us at the Cultural Center on Saturday, October 24 from 3-5 pm for crafts and games for children pre-k through 3rd grade. Wear your costume if you’d like! Parents or older siblings are asked to accompany all kids under 7. Sponsored by the NYM Civic and Commerce Association and hosted by the Cultural Center.


Apply NOW! Artist Residency deadline October 1st

Free Artist Residency Opportunity

The New York Mills Arts Retreat is currently accepting applications for January – June 2016 artist residencies. The Arts Retreat program offers self-funded 2-6 week solo residencies for selected artists in ALL disciplines.

A small house and studio access are provided, along with dedicated time for creative development and exploration in our rural Minnesota setting. Just one artist is on residency at a time, providing a great opportunity to focus on your artwork.

Click here to apply online. Application must be submitted by October 1, 2015 to be considered for residencies during January – June 2016.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Renowned Dance & Theater group to have residency in New York Mills September 25- October 1, 2015

Tales-Blake,Kari, Brian, HeatherStuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) is an internationally-recognized performance company founded by Stuart Pimsler in 1979 and co-directed with Suzanne Costello beginning in 1984.

In the U.S., SPDT has been presented in hundreds of cities across more than 30 States including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Civil Rights Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, among many others. Internationally, the company has toured to Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, Bermuda, China, and Mexico.

Based in the Twin Cities, SPDT has been commissioned and presented twice by the Guthrie Theater for The Ends of Love (2007) and Tales from the Book of Longing (2009). SPDT is most appreciative of the support it has received for state touring from the Minnesota State Arts Board through the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tales photoSPDT’s community engagement work has been lauded as a “National Model” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its Arts & Healthcare work has been recognized for “Best Practices” by the National Endowment for the Arts. The company has been at the forefront of the field of Arts & Healthcare since introducing its Caring for the Caregiver program over 20 years ago; this program has since engaged thousands of healthcare practitioners throughout the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, the company’s Arts Learning programs, including its Family Albums residencies, have reached thousands of K-12 students.

SPDT will be in New York Mills, MN as part of a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts on Tour” grant September 25-October 1, 2015. While in residency in New York Mills, SPDT will facilitate Arts & Healthcare workshops for the residents at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills and for staff at Perham Health. The company will also bring its Arts Learning program to the New York Mills Schools, working daily with the fourth grade class to teach movement classes and create an original piece with the students.

This original work will be performed as part of the company’s culminating performance on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 pm in the New York Mills School Auditorium. The company will also present their new work, You & the Others along with their critically acclaimed work Tales From the Book of Longing which weaves its way through a world of frayed relationships teetering on the edge of change.  This performance is free and open to the public.

SPDT will also offer a free inter-generational workshop called Families in Motion open to area elementary school families. This signature SPDT workshop is designed for an elementary student to participate in with an adult family member, as an opportunity to have fun as a family. The Families in Motion workshop will be on Tuesday, September 29, from 5:30-7 pm at the Cultural Center.

For more information, visit or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.

Senior/Gentle Yoga returns to the Center

Wednesdays beginning September 30, 2015

Registered yoga instructor Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center to lead a dedicated group in Senior/Gentle Yoga. Focusing on a gentle journey building strength and flexibility through core Yoga flows. Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays beginning September 30th through December 2nd, 2015 from 9-10 a.m. in the Cultural Center Main Floor Gallery. Cost is $3/class. Please bring your own yoga mat.

2015-2016 Little Big Year Events scheduled

Birding Hike September 19; Sue Leaf Presentation October 22

A Little Big Year bird sighting field trip will take place at Old Wadena County Park on September 19 at 8:00 a.m. The walk will be led by Dick Oehlenschlager of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Dick is the Biology Collections Manager at the museum, and as a phenology expert, has broad knowledge of the life cycles of plants and animals as they respond to seasonal changes. He’s been observing bird behavior and nesting and migration dates since he was a teenager! He will generously share his wealth of knowledge about flora and fauna on the trek through this beautiful county park. Non-members will be charged $5.

This would be a good time to become a member of The Little Big Year birding group. Your $10 registration fee will cover the cost of this field trip and will entitle you to attend future events at no charge.

The second event is will be a presentation by Minnesota author Sue Leaf, who wrote A Love Affair With Birds, the biography of Thomas Sadler Roberts, who is the father of Minnesota ornithology and the founder of the Bell Museum of Natural History. This presentation will take place on October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

For more information about The Little Big Year, contact Alice Martin at 218-385-3245.

2015 Whiskey Creek Film Festival



The 11th annual Whiskey Creek Film Festival screens the best award-winning current cinema all week from Friday, September 11 through Thursday, September 17 at Wadena’s Cozy Theatre.

Tickets to the Festival are available at the Cozy box office, An Open Book and Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, Beagle/Wolf Books in Park Rapids, and at the Staples World in Staples. A Festival Pass (6 films) costs $30 and includes a coupon redeemable for specials at Harvest Thyme Bistro, Larry’s Family Pizza, Pizza Ranch, and the Cyber Café, all restaurants within a two block walk of the Cozy Theatre. Individual tickets are available at the Cozy Theatre box office.

Six award-winning films – including Phoenix, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Love and Mercy, Mr. Holmes, Infinitely Polar Bear, and I’ll See You in My Dreams screen during the week. A special screening of a Minnesota documentary about the Dinkytown Uprising of 45 years ago screens for free on Saturday and Sunday, and free family film – The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet – will be shown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Full information and schedule is at

The Festival is made possible through support from a grant from 5 Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, from the Wadena Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Arvig, Kennedy, Carlson & Van Bruggen, Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, Wadena State Bank, Wadena Hide and Fur Company, Ameriprise Financial of Wadena, Hometown Crafts and Fabrics of Wadena and Detroit Lakes, the Wadena Pioneer Journal, Judy and Harry Taves, and Sally and Jamie Robertson. The Cultural Center in New York Mills serves as the Festival’s fiscal agent.


Just for Kix classes offered at Cultural Center

Classes for ages 3 – 1st grade on Wednesdays in upstairs dance studio

img3Beginning October 7, 2015, Just for Kix classes will be held in the Cultural Center’s upstairs dance/yoga studio! Instructor Heidi Swenson will be leading Tiny Kix for dancers ages 3-5 from 4:00-4:30 on Wednesdays followed by Wee Petites from 4:30-5:15 for dancers in Kindergarten and first grade. Classes will meet weekly through May. There will be no class when there is no school.

Tiny Kix is a season long class which will incorporate an introduction to ballet, kick, jazz, movement and stretching.  Wee Petites is a Core Kick class for dancers in Kindergarten and 1st Grade.  Core Kick is the basis of our program.  These classes meet 45 minutes per week.  The primary focus of this class will be precision kick, a very competitive and popular style of dance for high school dance teams.  Dancers will also be introduced to the basics of ballet, movement, and stretching as well.

Experience the positive teaching strategies and team-based performing environment with Just For Kix!img2

As an established youth dance studio, Just For Kix is a leader in dance instruction. We offer proven technical training, a focus on teamwork and a respectful experience to our students. With a strong balance of fun and technique in our classes, we create a teaching environment that is low stress and less pressure. Additionally, our dance classes in Perham and New York Mills are very economical.

As dancers progress through our studio, they experience the health and fitness benefits of working to build cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility, along with the core attributes of confidence, pride and friendship. We celebrate the achievements of every student, at any skill level. At Just For Kix, doing your best is more important than being the best.

For full details and sign up, follow the link

Developing a Meditation Practice

Elisa Korentayer offers follow up to meditation introduction

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In Developing a Meditation Practice, Elisa Korentayer will give participants the tools to practice meditation and the support of a community to get started.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and can help to improve physical health.

Classes will be held on the following Sundays: November 1, November 8, November 15 and November 22. Fee for the series is just $12. Teenagers and up welcome. Participants should bring a cushion or firm pillow or folded blanket to sit on, blanket or towel to rest knees and feet on and a pen for note-taking.

Call to reserve your spot at 218-385-3339 or email us at