barn2Grand Opening Celebration of

The Barn

& Sculpture Park 20th Anniversary

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

“The Cultural Center’s mission over the past 25 years has been to bring the arts to the rural community; now we have The Barn to bring the rural community to the arts.” — The Barn Project Manager Bob Sonnenberg

Schedule of Events barnaa

3:00-5:30 pm

Barn Tours

Community Art Activites

Open House with Food & Drink

5:30-8:00 pm


Barn Dance With Live Musicthebarnconstruction

3-8 pm

Cash Bar by Mills Liquors

Live music provided by the Meat Rabbits, the goldarnest polka band from Fargo, East Dakota!

Food & Drink at Open House are free! ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. Join us for three different Community Art Projects, which will be going on during the celebration!


barnquiltexamplecrop Community Art Activities

 Quilt Squares

Two painted wooden “Barn Quilt” squares will be created to hang on the exterior south end of The Barn (visible from State Highway 10). We are utilizing Finnish and German designs, both relevant to our local and regional culture. We have engaged local artist Ray Goins to plan, design, and lead community members in creating these one-of-a-kind pieces of public art. Come paint a square yourself!

Heritage Garden

Community members are invited to bring plants that have a story, whether it be historical, family related, a memorial, or anything else that makes it meaningful to the contributor. Split a favored plant with you to the Barn! Plants are to be planted in the Sculpture Park and labeled with numbers so all can enjoy the stories behind these sentimental plants!

Community Sculpture & Pop-Up-Museum

All are invited to contribute metal items to be included in a new sculpture designed and built by local artist, Tim Cassidy. We ask participants to share the story of their metal objects to create a Pop Up Museum during the event. Tim invites ideas from community members for the vision and creation of the sculpture. If anyone is interested in helping craft the final sculpture, talk to Tim! Please bring some metal and a story.



This event is produced by the Cultural Center with the support of West Central Initiative and the City of New York Mills. The Barn is the property of the City.

Call the Cultural Center with any questions! (218) 385-3339