Longest Night Music Festival 2018

A night for music and celebration Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 7pm Free to attend & open to all! Join us for this free concert as the world turns toward the longer days of spring. A bevy of artists (including Dave Virnala, T-Roy Anderson, Ben Ranson, the NYM...

2017 Open Mic

Monthly 2nd Thursdays Monthly at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, a local volunteer invites singers and speakers, bards and balladeers to perform prospective pieces for the crowd gathered.  Attend as audience or actor, orator or observer. Both literary lectors...

Taste of the Region

CLOSE-OUT! Discounted Gift Cards On Sale NOW @ The Cultural Center! Easy Summer Eats! As of July 2017, we are closing out our ‘a Taste of the Region’ local restaurant gift cards — gets ’em while you can!  Each $25 gift card will be sold for...

Arts Retreat Deadline Approaches

Click Here to Apply! Artists! The deadline to submit your application for consideration to visit New York Mills and stay at our Arts Retreat house is Saturday, April 15th. That day fast approaches. Click anywhere on this sentence to go to our application page.   Stay...

Chinese Storytelling & Music

Gao Hong Chinese Storyteller & Pipa Maestro Thursday, March 23 Talk @ 6:30pm, Concert @ 7:30pm Gao Hong, a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from...

Ceramic Tile Class

Ceramic Tile-Making in 2 Easy Sessions: March 16 & 23 @ 5:30pm With Ceramicist, Brad Wegscheid Make ceramic tiles to hang on your wall! Bring natural objects, lace, fabric, rubber scrapbooking stamps, or baby feet to make impressions in your tile. Some items...

Art History Classes

Art Adventures Art History Class with Pam Robinson March 2nd & March 30th 6:30pm Every year the Cultural Center facilitates the ‘Art Adventure’ program in area elementary schools. Community volunteers visit classrooms to teach students about 6 different works of...

Minneapolis Comedian!

Comedian Tommy Ryman Saturday, March 11 @ 8pm Tommy Ryman grew up with a new-age, folksinging mother and a traditional, Lutheran insurance-agent father. This XY equation evidently equals: acclaimed comedian. Ryman has earned the title of Semifinalist on NBC’s Last...

International Women’s Day 2017

Women Are the World – Gallery Show Wednesday, March 8th through Saturday, April 8th Reception / Presentation Friday, March 10th @ 5-7pm From Hypatia to  Zora Neale Hurston to Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo to Marjane Satrapi, women have been exploring, creating, and...

The Heart of Art Gallery Show

This exhibition highlights the work of Elle Hettinger, a regional artist who lives in Orono, Minnesota. After suffering a series of illnesses years ago, Hettinger took classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in drawing, watercolor, acrylic,...

Painting Class in February 11th

  Acrylic Painting with Aleda Windels Students will complete a still life orchid painting to take home in addition to honing skills. This “Art Rehabilitated” class will help participants utilize the relaxation which comes from creative exercises to de-stress,...

Art Adventure 2017

Consider becoming a 2017 Picture Person Like art? Like kids? Becoming an Art Adventure Picture Person is the perfect way for you to share your passion for art with youth, expanding their knowledge and critical thinking skills. Art Adventure is a program developed by...

Deuces Wild tickets are selling fast!

Deuces Wild tickets are selling fast with just 48 tickets and 4 VIP tables remaining as of January 5th! Because the Center is closed in January, we have a couple of different options for you to purchase tickets: NYM Public Library — purchase tickets with cash or...

Sit N Stitch takes a January break

Our Sit N Stitch group will take a break in January 2017 due to the Center being closed for the month. Meetings will resume on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 and will continue weekly on Tuesdays from 5:30-8pm. During this time, community members gather to practice and...

2017 Think-Off Question Announced

“Has the 2016 election changed our perception of truth?” The Great American Think-Off committee announced this, the 25th annual Think-Off question, today, January 1, 2017. The Think-Off is a philosophy competition held each year in tiny New York Mills, MN....

2017 Think-Off Question Announced

“Has the 2016 election changed our perception of truth?”           The 25th annual Great American Think-Off question is a heavy-hitter in that it not only addresses the 2016 election for timely relevance, but also tackles the...

Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos!

Midwinter Benefit Concert Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 8pm Held at NYM City Hall Ballroom Doors open at 7pm It’s a clap along, sing along musical comedy show where the audience is always a part of the action. And no one does it better than Dave & Ted,...

The Longest Night Music Festival 2016

Finale to Fall Concert Series     The Longest Night Music Festival Wednesday, December 21 @ 7pm   Winter Solstice Jubilee celebrating the return of daylight, local and regional music, and another trip around the sun! Join us for FREE. Musical Artists...

2016 Holiday Gift Wrapping

Local artist/volunteer hosts holiday fundraiser for Center December 14-17 To help take some of the pressure off this holiday season, AND add an artists’ touch to your packages, let Cultural Center volunteer and local artist Lynn Kasma wrap your holiday gifts for...

The Tiny URL Show

In the Gallery The Tiny URL Show  December 16th through 31st Highlighting the small paintings of Christy Johnson, redshoes26. www.redshoes26.com Christy Johnson uses her training in graphic design, illustration, photography, and writing to create pieces in a variety...

2016 Artist Bazaar & Stock-Up Sale

Shop Local at the Cultural Center Gift Store December 6-10, 2016! Artist Bazaar December 6 – 10, 2016 The 2016 Artist Bazaar is back by popular demand, and kicks off on Tuesday evening, December 6th, from 5-8 p.m. Join us at the Center to get first dibs on these...

Newberry & Verch — Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Fall Concert Series newberry & verch Sunday, December 11th 7:30pm, doors @ 7 Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Joe performs in a...

Book as Art Gallery Exhibit

In The Gallery now through December 10, 2016 The Cultural Center announces its new gallery show, Book as Art. This exhibition strives to find the art in everyday life. Since the printing press allowed for faster production of books, they have entered the lives of...

Writing Workshop

Thursday, December 8th Writing Workshop with Visiting Artist, Emily Eckart Fiction Writing 101: Community writing workshop with Emily Eckart Have you ever wondered how writers create timeless stories? Are you interested in writing a story yourself? Join author Emily...

Fall 2016 Yoga

Fall Yoga: Three Offerings! Three yoga options outlined below, to build and strengthen your practice this fall, now through December. The Cultural Center will be closed the month of January, with yoga returning in February 2017 (specific schedule TBA). A....

Submit Questions!

After 25 years of debating controversial philosophies, the Cultural Center is turning to the general public for question ideas for the Great American Think-Off’s 25th Anniversary in 2017. Question ideas and suggestions can be submitted to think-off@kulcher.org...

Yoga & Art!

UPDATE: WORKSHOP MOVED TO WENDY’S HOME, 300 County Highway 1, Ottertail, MN Mantras & Mandalas Workshop Saturday, November 19th 10am-2:30pm Mantras guide us, enliven us, lead us into the mysterious beauty of our energetic power merging with universal vibes. ...

2016 Holiday Auction

Holiday Fundraising Auction   New Day! Wednesday November 30th 6-9pm Holiday Auction During New York Mills  Christmas Tree Festival In the City Hall Ballroom Silent Auction! Live Auction! Wine Tasting Courtesy of Mills Liquors! Chances to Win Wine, Craft Beer, &...

Alcohol Inks Painting Class

Folk & Fine Art School Mary Jo Wentz alcohol ink painter / 3d fiber artist Mary Jo is a painter using the medium of alcohol inks and a fiber artist working in 3-dimensional artwork. In the past year and a half she has been awarded the LRAC/McKnight Career...

Brian Laidlaw Concert & Workshop

Fall Concert Series Brian Laidlaw poet / songwriter Brian Laidlaw is a poet, songwriter and educator from San Francisco, currently living in Minneapolis. He studied Creative Writing as an undergraduate at Stanford University, where he first began setting his poems to...

Give to the Max Day November 17, 2016

A day of giving Happy Give to the Max Day! If you would like to make a contribution to the Cultural Center (legal name: New York Mills Arts Retreat), click  here, or click the logo to the left to be directed to our organization’s page.  Update 11/17/16: Because...

The New Nordic Art Show

In the Gallery The New Nordic Art Show 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....

Musical Stylings and Book Reading

Artist of the Month   Helen Lapakko singer / author / songwriter   Helen’s career started in corrections, as a probation officer, chemical dependency specialist, and director of an alternative sentencing program.  As a hobby, she wrote monologues and...

Kids Costume Party

Halloween Party for Kids! Saturday, October 29th 3:00pm to 5:00pm   Games and crafts for young children up to 10 years of age. Light snacks and drinks provided. Free to attend. Children under 8 must bring an adult. Moonlight Bowling at Mills Lanes at 7pm for all...

Basic East Coast Dance

Basic East Coast Swing Dance Class & Party for Couples! Friday, October 28th Starting at 6:30pm The first hour is a dance lesson with a Dance Party to follow! $20 per couple, two drinks included. Light Refreshments served. Instructors are Barbara and Jewett Benson...

Writing Workshop at Senior Center!

Cultural Center Arts Retreat Visiting Artist Katherine Schaefer creative non-fiction writer Saturday, October 3rd-Sunday, October 18th Katherine Schaefer is a Minneapolis-based writer whose work has appeared in The Talking Stick and Minnetonka Review. Her essay “Edna,...

Corey Medina & Brothers

Fall Concert Series Corey Medina & Brothers 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...

Just For Kix

Just For Kix Dance Classes are back! 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...

Birch Bark Weaving Class

Dr. Mayo’s 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...