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Brian Laidlaw Concert & Workshop

Writing Workshop at Senior Center!

Cultural Center Arts Retreat Visiting Artist

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Writing Your Story

Wednesday, October 12th


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This workshop is free and open to all. It is held in the Senior Center at 12 N Walker Ave, New York Mills, MN 56567.

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Corey Medina & Brothers

Fall Concert Series


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In Concert!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

7:30 pm, Doors @ 7:00

Corey Medina was born and raised in the small town of Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Reservation. In 2012 he relocated to another small town called Bemidji in Northern Minnesota. His early musical influences came out of what his mom and uncles listened to: blues, classic country, soul, classic rock and metal. Growing up with a single mom and a rebellious heart, Corey quickly learned what the “blues” was and meant.coreymedinamic

Even though Corey loves to just write and play music, his mission is to spread a message of hope and encouragement to every tribe and tongue that has felt hopeless and held back in life by fear, shame and hurt. 

Tickets: $12 in Advance, $15 at the Door, $5 for Students, Members get $2 off.

Check out Corey’s music by clicking here and here.


Call the Cultural Center to purchase advance tickets! (218) 385-3339




Join us at the Cultural Center for the Corey Medina concert in a club style atmosphere! Mingle freely with your friends and set your drinks on standing tables. Or go up to the mezzanine and share a cozy seat with your sweetie.





The New Nordic Art Show

In the Gallery


The New Nordic Show

Elise Forer

through November 12th

The New Nordic Art Show aims to integrate the artwork of numerous regional artists into the realm of “new classics,” work conceived in the belly of the mother country but birthed in the art world of today. The exhibition, which features Scandinavian-inspired work with nouveau twists, highlights the work of Elise Forer, a printmaker from Fergus Falls, MN who now resides in Chicago. Forer is also teaching artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Upon moving to Chicago, she became a teaching artist at Spudnik Press and serves as the lead of Pre Press for Paper Source.  Forer’s work has been shown nationally, and she is an Artist-in-Residence at the Plains Art Museum this month. Her work often focuses on iconography from her Nordic heritage and political commentary, most commonly environmental issues. Of her new-found oeuvre, showcasing dala horses or kubitsmaling, Forer says, “Returning to a symbol I cherished, researching it’s history, and spending time with it by working out new patterns and forms brought


around a fertile desire to continue to make new work of my own.”

Check out her blog: eliseforer.com

Shown in addition to Forer’s printmaking are other Nordic-inspired works by mesh and fiber artist Kristi Kuder, ceramicist Michael J. Strand, and others.

Kristi Kuder

Originally from Breckenridge, MN and now living in Minneapolis, Kuder has this to say of her objet d’art, “Wire mesh has a unique quality of both reflecting and filtering light which creates an illusive presence about the vessels and sculptures I create.” She grew up in western Minnesota in the Red River Valley where the horizon stretches in all directions under an expansive sky. Distance is deceptive and space is limitless. Headlights from a distance may belong to a motorbike a half mile up the road or a semi five miles away. No curves, hills or valleys break the steady beam of light traveling through space. A silhouette on the horizon may be a solitary person, a cluster of grain elevators or simply a mirage. Few trees or buildings offer reference. Kuder has long been fascinated by the unreadable aspect of this region and finds working with wire mesh helps express that.  Although currently living in Minneapolis, Kuder is still connected by deep roots to the west-central part of the state. Farming advancements and global demands on the farmer to produce greater yields are threatening the natural habitat in that part of the state. Agricultural practices such as monoculture plantings, the removal of fence rows and buffer strips, the use of hybrid seeds and chemical fertilizers are drastically reducing the number of plants available to support this area’s natural wildlife. As rural communities expand, sprawling housing and commercial developments are filling in “undeveloped” wetlands and and mowing over grassland critical to the support of hundreds of native plant and animal species. These issues are the impetus behind Kuder’s current body of work.


Michael J. Strand

See some of Kristi’s work at: kskuder.com

Strand’s work often scrutinizes the function of art and craft in contemporary society. As Professor of Art and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University in Fargo, he lectures in institutions  ranging from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to The Model in Ireland to multiple universities in Brazil. In May, Strand opened a solo show in Taipei, Taiwan and his criticism is published internationally. He develops projects that create bridges of communication that are enabled by the common use and/or distribution of hand-thrown ceramic cups made in his studio. These projects then seek to develop a specific history for the objects involved through experiments in conceptual function.  Michael straddles a line between journalist, social-scientist, activist and potter.

Reception & Artist Talk

Friday, October 14th 5-6:30pm

Light refreshments served. Free to attend and open to all.


The Gallery at the Cultural Center is open Wednesday & Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm. The Gallery is closed Sunday-Tuesday.


Just For Kix

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Wednesdays, October 5, 2016 – May 3, 2017

At the Cultural Center in New York Mills!
Follow School Schedule for Holidays and Breaks.
Weekly Schedule:
*Tiny Kix (Pre-K) – 4-4:30
*Wee Petites  (K-1st) – 4:30-5:15
*Wee Kix (2nd-3rd) – 5:15-6:15
Register for classes at justforkix.com/danceclasses or call Heidi Swenson at 218-766-1464.
Once again this year, Carah will be teaching in NYM, with Heidi attending the first week of classes.
The Cultural Center is closed in January, so classes will be held elsewhere during January; location TBA.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Heidi (218-766-1464).

Fall 2016 Yoga

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A. Senior/Gentle Yoga with Ann Pate. Every Wednesday 9-10am. Until December 7th. $4

Registered yoga instructor Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center to lead a dedicated group in Senior/Gentle Yoga. Ann’s class focuses on a gentle journey building strength and flexibility through core yoga flows. Dress comfortably and please bring your own mat!

B. All-Levels Yoga with Tamara Moore. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Starting October 12th. $10

Class begins with gentle poses in order to locate and deepen breathing. Using breath, students move into more strenuous poses with modifications always offered. Poses are sometimes held, and other times flowed through more rapidly. Practice closes with deep relaxation in a resting posture. Mindfulness and compassion are the focus during yoga, with students encouraged to identify and listen to the deeper feelings and sensations of the body, mind, and heart and foster acceptance of all that comes up during the practice. Dress comfortably and please bring your own mat!

Tamara lives in Wadena with her husband and four children and is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. She has been teaching yoga for 7 years and has taught college courses in the humanities and philosophy at M-State. Tamara also practices spiritual direction, a one-on-one listening ministry. Raised mostly in Italy as a US Navy dependent Tamara aspires for more overseas travel. But closer to home she camps, bikes, swims, and hikes through Minnesota’s great State Parks, enjoys cooking ethnic foods with her husband, singing in church, and spending time in meaningful conversation with strangers and friends.

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Students are guided in gaining flexibility, strength, and calmness of mind by moving through yoga poses in a smooth and flowing manner. Breath is the foundation of yoga and emphasis is on linking breath with movement to build inner heat to aid in cleansing the body of toxins, leading to balanced health mentally, physically, energetically and emotionally. Class ends with a 10 minute guided relaxation or meditation bringing you to a centered peaceful state. Each class is unique and both beginner & advanced options for yoga poses are offered. Dress comfortably and please bring your own mat!

Having traveled across the world studying yoga & living most of her life on the East coast, Wendy’s heart is now in small town Minnesota. She relishes sharing her life experiences and inner knowledge with students.  Bringing a holistic approach to her teaching, she fuses 25+ years of Yoga, Shamanism, Ayurveda, & Energy Coaching. From beginners to those already on a yoga journey, all find comfort in being guided by Wendy as she helps each student find their unique way.  Her life-changing yoga classes, workshops, & retreats help people heal & return home to who they truly are.  When not on her yoga mat, you’ll find her beating on her drum, hiking with her dog or venturing hand-in-hand with her love. For a longer version of Wendy’s story please visit her website: wendybillie.com


Birch Bark Weaving Class

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Birch Bark Weaving Class

Postponed by Instructor


Dr. Charles Mayo is a retired physician who enjoys sharing his skills in birch bark weaving. He has taught weaving at the Grand Marais Art Colony, the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, and other venues. He currently lives in rural St. Croix Falls, WI. 

If needed, time is provided after the workshop to continue working on any unfinished project.

Light refreshments served. All materials provided!

$33 for non-members, $30 for members

Call the Cultural Center to Register. (218) 385-3339

This class has been postponed by the instructor because of a death in the family. It will be rescheduled. Check back for updated date.