Art for kids in the great outdoors
Join us in your parks this summer!
Dates & locations vary, see below

The Cultural Center’s ‘Art in Your Park’ program returns to YOUR parks in New York Mills, Henning, Perham, and Wadena this summer! Join us in the great outdoors for a variety of fun art projects for kids.

Art in Your Park is designed for children in grades K-6.  Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.  There is no cost to participate and all are welcome!

This program is free to attend & open to all; donations are gratefully accepted to help us continue to offer these community programs to all.

Please check our website and/or follow us on Facebook for the most updated schedule and any weather-related announcements.  Call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 for more information or email Cheryl Bannes, or Lindsay Kennedy,, if you have questions or would like to volunteer to assist with this program.

Art in Your Park 2024:

This summer, workshops will focus on folk art from around the world. Art in Your Park will take place on the dates noted below from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted):

  • Wednesday, May 22 @ 4-7pm: NYM Sculpture Park during Celebrating Cultures
  • Friday, May 31: NYM Central Park
  • Tuesday, June 11: NYM Lund Park
  • Friday, June 14: Wadena, Green Island
  • Tuesday, June 18: Henning Landmark Center
  • Friday, June 21: Perham Library
  • Friday, June 28: NYM Southside Park
  • Friday, July 5: Perham Library
  • Wednesday, July 10: Wadena, Green Island
  • Friday, July 12: NYM Fish House Festival @ Cultural Center
  • Tuesday, July 16: Henning Landmark Center
  • Friday, July 19: NYM Smith Park
  • Friday, August 2: NYM Lund Park
  • Wednesday, August 7: Wadena Burlington Northern Park
  • Friday, August 9: NYM Cultural Center


Children interested in participating are welcome to simply stop by and join in the fun!  If you would like to receive Art in Your Park updates via email, please contact Cheryl Bannes at and we will add you to our participant list.

Art in Your Park (AIYP) is free for kids, but not without cost. These art activities are available thanks to the generous support of our donors, members, and grant-making organizations. Continued donations are needed to keep these programs free and available to all. Thank you! Please join us in YOUR parks this summer!

We continue to seek sponsors to help bring Art in Your Parks to life! Click below to sign up as a sponsor online, or contact or 218-385-3339.

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This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.