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Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Friday March 25th 7pmIMG_4908

A showing of Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Bring one and all to a fun-filled evening at the Cultural Center, New York Mills!

Children can experience for the first time and adults will reminisce over the 1970 stop-animation film, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” Ramp up for the Holiday Weekend with the classic tail of an Easter Bunny named Peter!

Materials for Easter egg dying will be available to use.

Cost of admission is $2 per person.

The showing and egg dying is Friday March 25th at 7:00pm in the main gallery of the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

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 http://www.whiskeycreekfilmfestival.org/.

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.


Artist-in-residence Jill Johnson

JillJohnsonVisiting artist Jill Johnson will be living in our midst at the Retreat House on South Main Ave in New York Mills for several weeks in April-May 2014.  Jill is a community cultural artist, which means that she researches folk and cultural art forms in Sweden and America and then creates new forms of folk and traditional art which becomes contemporary folk art.

In addition to being our current artist-in-residence, Jill is also is presenting her new site-specific installation The Piga Project: Women, Immigration, and Resilience at the Cultural Center now through May 8th in our upstairs gallery.Piga-Project-JillJohnson-LetterSize-96dpi

As a part of this exhibit and her residency, Jill will host several events on Sunday, May 4th, all taking place between 2-6pm:

Interactive Immigration Altar workshop, Sunday May 4th, 2-4 pm:  During this workshop, participants will explore meaning and belonging, the emigration/immigration process–no matter how long away one is from the time of immigration.  Participants will utilize concepts about frozen immigrant grief from the book Ambiguous Loss by University of Minnesota professor emeritus Pauline Boss.  Symbols will be created and utilized with the floating altar which is based on the permanent installation entitled First Generation by Esther Shalev-Gerz in Stockholm, Sweden.  The workshop is appropriate for all immigration groups from current immigrants to long-settled out communities and First Nations people.  

Visiting Artist Welcome Reception: Sunday May 4th, 4-5pm: Jill will kick off with a Poetry Reading, and share what she has been working on while on residency. This will be followed by open time for Q&A and informal conversation. Come meet Jill and enjoy light refreshments.

Spoken Word with Film Loops: Sunday May 4th, 5-6pm:  This is a one-hour presentation of spoken word poems and short repeat film loops from Sweden, illustrating the concept of memory.  This is from new work-in-progress that Johnson is working on during her artist residency in New York Mills.  “This is a big experiment with these film and spoken word combinations.  The spoken word illustrates the lives of the women in the dresses and the film loops remind us of the nature of memory– repeat, repeat, repeat in images.”

All events are free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to bring one healthful non-perishable food item for donation to a local food shelf.

Jill also will be teaching a free workshop for children at the New York Mills Elementary School-Aged Childcare program.  The workshop focuses on color, shape, and texture.  Our world is made of these three things.  Our clothing is made of these as well.  What do our clothing choices say to other people?  What do our clothing choices say about us?  Are there assigned meanings to color, shape, and texture?  Jill’s interactive workshop explores these ideas and helps students connect meaning to color, shape, and texture.  Students will have an opportunity to design a folk or traditional costume or superhero suit on paper, and work with other kids to design a “community folk costume” in the Five-Minute Folk Dress Challenge!

Activities at the Center may be held in our dance studio on the second floor, which is only accessible by stair.

New York Mills Regional Cultural Center 24 N Main Ave / P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 5667 / (218) 385-3339