2024 Great American Think-Off Results

Michelle Mellon is America’s Greatest Thinker!
Audience Votes: Freedom of Speech IS Worth the Cost!

2024 Annual Regional Art Show “Unfettered”

In the Gallery
May 29 – June 29, 2024
Reception June 7, 6-8PM

Art in Your Park Summer 2024

Free art for kids outdoors!
Join us in YOUR parks this summer!
Dates & locations vary
Click for details

Art for Lunch 2024

Hungry for Creativity?
Grab Art for Lunch!
Second Thursdays @ Noon

Sonja Kosler: Poetry Reading & More! June 20, 2024

Thursday, June 20, 2024
Join us @ 5:30 – 7 PM
Free to attend & open to all!

2024 Fish House Festival in New York Mills, MN

10th Annual Festival
Friday, July 12, 2024
Fun in the Street & Gallery
Family-Friendly & Open to All


The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for more than two and a half decades. The Center, founded by John Davis, is located in the town of New York Mills in Otter Tail County in north central Minnesota.


Now in its 28th year, The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between powerful ideas being explored by every day people. Designed to bring philosophy down from the ivory towers of academia and make it accessible for all, the contest has received national acclaim including coverage by C-SPAN, the New York Times, and The Today Show.