2020 Arts Retreat Deadline extended

NEW deadline May 1
For residencies Jul-Dec 2020
Artists of all disciplines
Apply today!

2020 Great American Think-Off Essay Deadline Extended

April 15th, 2020
Submit your essay TODAY!
Live Debate June 13, 2020

Arab Film Fest at the Cultural Center

Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness Exhibit and Mizna’s Arab Film Festival at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

Mizna Gallery Exhibit
Let There Be Space in Your Togetherness

Arab Film Fest
Wednesdays, 7PM @ the Center
March 11-April 1

Yoga Feel Good Flow at the Cultural Center Winter/Spring 2020

Three 5-week sessions
Wednesdays @ 5:15-6:15pm
During January – May, 2020
Begins January 29th!

2020 Youth Ballet Classes @ New York Mills Cultural Center

Beginners Ballet Classes
For Youth Ages 3 – 9
Three 5-week Sessions
During Jan – May 2020

2020 Great American Think-Off Question

The 2020 GATO Question Released!
Be the first to see it…
…and submit your essay today!
Deadline extended to 4/15/20!


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 27th 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.