The Little Big Year’s Birds on Your Lake

Monday, March 21st at 7pm Birds on Your Lake Another Little Big Year Event! See and hear about the fun fowl, dazzling ducks, and controversial cormorants during this visual presentation given by Bemidji-based Christine Herwig. Christine is a Nongame Specialist for the...

Basic East Coast Swing Dance for Couples

Have fun learning the basic dance steps of the Big Band Era. This popular East Coast Swing Dance is adaptable to 50s, country, and popular music. Couples will learn a basic step, lead/follow techniques and about 10 patterns. This class is for adult couples. Three...

Monroe Crossing Friday March 11, 2016

Back by popular demand! The Midwest’s Premier Bluegrass and Gospel Quintet Friday, March 11th @ 7:30 p.m. James Mann Center for Performing Arts New York Mills School The Cultural Center is pleased to present Monroe Crossing at the New York Mills School...

2016 Think-Off Poster

Calling all Americans to participate in this annual civil disagreement of powerful ideas. This year’s topic is especially relevant in our current political climate as we approach the presidential election. Click here to submit your essay today! Deadline is April...

Think-Off ‘Honorable Mentions’ Opportunity Announced

More Ways to Win in 2016 Great American Think-Off America’s everyday philosophers have a new incentive to share their thoughts with the nation this year. The Great American Think-Off, a philosophy contest held annually in the small rural town of New York Mills,...

Winter/Spring 2016 Performing Arts Series

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is pleased to present the 2016 Winter/Spring Performing Arts Series. With a goal of offering performances at least monthly, and focusing on a combination of celebrating the local and being a window to the world, we hope to offer...

Winter/Spring Yoga at the Center

Three weekly yoga class options at Cultural Center Feb – May 2016: Senior/Gentle Yoga with Ann Pate, Wednesday mornings 9-10 a.m. Power Vinyasa Yoga with Emma Olson, Wednesday evenings 6-7 p.m. Power Vinyasa Yoga with Emma Olson, Thursday evenings 5:30-6:30 p.m....

Open Youth Study Night at the Center

Youth Night Wednesday, February 24th, 7:30-10pm Join us on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at the New York Mills Cultural Center for our first Open Youth Night! The Center will be open to all area 7th-12th graders for studying with friends, playing games, art/craft...

Welcome Visiting Artist Ploy Pirapokin

Ploy Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from San Francisco State University, where she currently teaches as a creative writing lecturer. She also teaches at the Writing Salon in Berkeley. Her fiction...

‘Am I Losing My Marbles?’ Class February 25

 Paper Marbling Class offered UPDATE: This class has been POSTPONED due to lack of registrants. Reschedule date TBD this Spring/Summer. Please contact us with your interest. Thursday, February 25th, 2016 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Participants will learn the art of paper...

Stencil Prints of Navajo Sand Paintings

Main Gallery Exhibit February 3 – March 5, 2016 Presentation & Reception Sunday, February 28 @ 7pm The Cultural Center is pleased to present current gallery exhibit, Stencil Prints of Navajo Sand Paintings by anthropologist and artist Maud...

Women & Prairie Program Feb 18, 2016

The Cultural Center’s Winter/Spring 2016 Performing Arts Series kicks off on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 with a unique program featuring music and poetry from two talented Minnesota artists, Athena Kildegaard and Patty Kakac. There will be both a 7pm...

‘Bound Together’ Journal Creation Class

UPDATE: This class has been POSTPONED due to lack of registrants. Reschedule date TBD this Spring/Summer. Please contact us with your interest. Friday, February 12th, 2016 6-8:30pm ‘Bound Together’ Journal Creation Class Participants (Pre-Valentines date night?! Girls...

New Yoga Classes – January 2016

Power Vinyasa classes taught by new instructor Emma Olson on Wednesdays in January and February 3rd, 6-7 pm Whether you’re looking to stretch and strengthen the body, or ease your mind after a long day, this class has you covered. You’ll be guided through a series of...

Pairings…Let your Creativity Flow

Join us at the Cultural Center this winter for Pairings, bi-monthly art experiences paired with an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic option) beverage of choice. Prices include materials, instruction, a drink, and light refreshments. Some classes may require additional...

Senior/Gentle Yoga returns to the Center

Wednesdays beginning January 20, 2016 Registered yoga instructor Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center to lead a dedicated group in Senior/Gentle Yoga. Focusing on a gentle journey building strength and flexibility through core Yoga flows. Class will meet weekly on...

NY Times Best Selling Author Visit Jan 9, 2016

NYMills Public Library brings William Kent Krueger to New York Mills The Cultural Center is pleased to partner with the New York Mills Public Library and Friends of the Library to present this chance to meet William Kent Krueger, New York Times Best Selling author...

Getting Graphic is for the Birds!

Canvas Painting Class Thursday, January 7th, 2016 Thursday, January 7th, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 pm ‘Getting Graphic is for the Birds!’ Canvas Painting Class Fee: $40 Minimum 8 / Maximum 15 Instructor Pam Robinson Location: Cultural Center main floor gallery With...

2016 Great American Think-Off Topic Announced

Topic for the 2016 Great American Think-Off is “Income Inequality Threatens Democracy” After much discussion, and appropriately, some healthy debate, the Great American Think-Off committee has decided on this year’s topic for the annual debate: “Income Inequality...

2016 Think-Off Topic Announced

Topic for the 2016 Great American Think-Off: “Income Inequality Threatens Democracy” After much discussion, and appropriately, some healthy debate, the Great American Think-Off committee has decided on this year’s topic for the annual debate:...

Think-Off Finalist on A Prairie Home Companion

Think-Off Finalist Marsh Muirhead interviewed by Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion live from Bemidji, November 2015 Click the link below to see Marsh Muirhead talk with Garrison Keillor about his past experiences with the Great American Think-Off,...

Longest Night Music Festival 2015

Longest Night Music Festival 2015 Please join us at the Center for this year’s Longest Night Music Festival taking place on Monday, December 21 from 7-9 pm.  This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the winter solstice with live music by...

Bob Riepe Book Reading

Perham native Bob Riepe will be reading from his recently published book, ‘ROUGH ON RATS-the Trials and Tribulations of Buck Steichen’. The book is the first in the five book Raw Deals Series. The series is an epic tale of a family’s struggles in...

Sara Pajunen performance

Minneapolis based artist explores Finnish heritage through music LAATIKKO/BOX explores the emotional terrain we encounter when we step into unknown worlds. Pajunen combines the reading of archival material, recorded audio interviews with recent immigrants, live...

Welcome Visiting Artist Jennifer Groff

Visiting writer Jennifer Groff in NYM through end of the year Although she grew up in a small village in Central New York, Jennifer Groff came to Minnesota every summer to visit grandparents and cousins (and to go back-to-school shopping at Dayton’s). She...

Support the Center through AmazonSmile

Did you know about GivingTuesday? When you shop online at Amazon.com today, on this Giving Tuesday, throughout this holiday season, and every day, here is an easy and effective way to support the Cultural Center. Just click on the image to be directed to our...

2015 Woodturners’ Gallery Show

“Gifts from the Forest” November 27 – December 31 On display in the Cultural Center main gallery during the final month of 2015 will be an array of regional woodturning handicrafts from the Minnesota Lakes Woodturners group. From burr bowls to...

A Wall of Wine and a Tub of Beer

Now accepting donations for the Cultural Center’s Wall of Wine and Tub of Beer drawing! Bottles, boxes and cans are all welcome here! Receive a complementary chance to win with your donation of beer or wine. Donations may be dropped off at the Center during our...

2015 Winter Fundraiser

Cultural Center Winter Open House Fundraiser Thursday, December 3 Join us on Thursday, December 3rd at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom for several exciting opportunities taking place during the Christmas Tree Festival from 6-9 pm. We are embracing CHANGE at the...

Holiday Shopping at the Cultural Center

Shop Local this holiday season at the Center Gift Store This annual event has expanded to THREE DAYS this year!  Stock-Up sale hours are as follows: Thursday, December 10 from 10am-7pm Friday, December 11 from 10am-5pm Saturday, December 12 10am-3pm During this 3-day...

Center of Attention

“Center of Attention” centerpiece-making class to be held December 3 The first in a six class series across art disciplines and mediums! Stay tuned for upcoming class announcements! Students will use live greens, flowers and a candle to create a...

Taste of the Region 2015

Gift card packs valued at over $100 available NOW! Each Taste of the Region gift card pack includes: $25 gift card to Brew Ales & Eats (Perham),  $25 gift card to The Otter (Ottertail), $25 gift card to The Uptown (Wadena), and EITHER a $25 gift card to Zorbaz (on...

Give to the Max Day November 12, 2015

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 the logo to the left to be directed to our organization’s page. Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to...

New Horizons Annual Event

Silent Auction The New Horizons Silent Auction Fundraiser will take place at the Cultural Center Thursday, November 12 beginning at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Visiting Artist Mark Reamy

Welcome to artist-in-residence Mark Reamy Artist Mark Reamy will be hosted by the Cultural Center and the community of New York Mills November 6-21, 2015. From the artist’s statement: “Looking through a 35mm slide is an amazing experience. They come to...

Pushing Chain Concert November 14

Roots & Americana music duo Saturday, November 14 Pushing Chain was formed in 2012 by Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe. The duo, which has been performing together in various manifestations since 1997, plays roots and Americana music featuring Boyd on guitar and vocals...

Teen Writing Workshops – Dec 9 & 16, 2015

Time to write, for teens (ages 12-18) Join visiting writer Jennifer Groff for the collective magic that happens when you write in a room together, but on your own project.  Writing exercises will be a catalyst for creativity, whether you create a poem, begin a story,...

Printmakers’ Show

In main floor gallery now until November 21, 2015 Beginning October 21, stop in our main floor gallery to view dozens of various pieces of printmaking from five regional artists. The show’s reception will be held this Saturday, October 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm....

Blind Joe comes to the Cultural Center Oct 22, 2015 from 5-6 pm

Blind Joe is coming to the Cultural Center Thursday October 22, 2015 from 5-6 pm Blind Joe is Blind (yes, he really is blind) outlaw County Artist Originally from West Fargo, North Dakota, who now resides in Grand Rapids, MN. He has recently hit national status as a...