Honorable Mentions’ Essays Announced

Ten essayists were recognized as Honorable Mentions for the quality of their essays for this year’s Great American Think-Off, in addition to the four finalists who debated in New York Mills on June 11th, 2016. The 2016 Think-Off topic was “Income Inequality...

Buy Tickets to the Great Debate!

The 2016 Great American Think-Off live debate is this Saturday, June 11th at 7pm! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. (No discounts apply.) Attend the live debate and cast your vote to help select America’s Greatest...

2016 Honorable Mentions Announced

  The Cultural Center would like to congratulate the 2016 Great American Think-Off Honorable Mentions. The Committee chose 10 outstanding essays to acknowledge–five arguments for and five arguments against–the proposition: Income Inequality Threatens...

Buy Tickets to the Great Debate!

Click here to buy tickets to the Great American Think-Off Debate held Saturday, June 11th, 2016 in the James W. Mann Center for the Performing Arts at the New York Mills Schools. Tickets are still $12 in advance! They will be $15 at the door. No member discounts...

Honorable Mentions

    The Cultural Center would like to congratulate the 2016 Great American Think-Off Honorable Mentions. The Committee chose 10 outstanding essays to acknowledge–five arguments for and five arguments against the proposition: Income Inequality Threatens...

Why Knit? Why Knot? 2.0

Two Tuesdays June 14th & 21st Knifty Knitters Knitting Class There is nothing in the world like creating something with your own two hands…except maybe creating something with your own two needles! Join these Knifty Knitters in their 2-session knitting class...

Haaga Folk Machine in Concert

Sunday, June 5th @ 7pm at the Finn Creek Museum The Cultural Center and Finn Creek Museum proundly present Haaga Folk Machine in concert! Haaga Folk Machine (HFM) is a Finnish folk trio from Helsinki. Influenced by Finnish folklore, bluegrass, jazz and rock music, the...

2016 Regional Art Show Reception

Friday, June 3rd 7-9pm Featuring the brass and string stylings of the jazz trio, Jazz Committee, the Reception for the 2016 Regional Art Exhibit happens on Friday, June 3rd. Join the Cultural Center in meeting and greeting the regional artists at this soiree....

2016 Elementary Art Show

  May 11th-28th Regional Elementary Art Exhibit This annual show, which features the work of elementary students of all ages from five regional school districts, opens on May 11th for public purview. Exceptional works selected by art teachers adorn the walls of...

20th Annual Regional Arts Show – June 2016

Call for Artists! Submit your work and be a part of our Annual Regional Art Show at the Center.  Everyone is welcome, all media are accepted, and this is a non-juried show. Wednesday June 1st – Saturday July 2nd, 2016 Open to all artists working in any medium...

2016 Great American Think-Off Finalists

The Cultural Center in New York Mills proudly announces the four finalists for the 2016 Great American Think-Off! These four individuals will travel to New York Mills this June to go head-to-head in three rounds of debate to settle the issue: Income Inequality...

May Artist of the Month!

The Cultural Center Gift Store proudly presents its “Artist of the Month” program, in it’s second month, which will feature a new Gift Store artist each month with special deals and activities. The program’s intent is to bring attention to the myriad of talented...

Kids’ Mothers Day Make & Take Class

Saturday May 7th Noon-1:30pm Artist of the Month Event Artist of the Month, Christa Perala is offering a second class to make all natural body products! Called “Mother’s Day Pampering Make & Take Class for Kids,” the class offers an exciting...

Open Mic 2nd Thursday

Open Mic Night at the Center: 2nd Thursday of the month Back by popular demand! On most 2nd Thursdays in 2016, the main gallery of the Cultural Center is transformed into a venue for local musicians and spoken-word artists to present their latest or favorite...

2016 Think-Off Finalists Announced

The Cultural Center in New York Mills proudly announces the four finalists for the 2016 Great American Think-Off! These four individuals will travel to New York Mills this June to go head-to-head in three rounds of debate to settle this year’s topic: Income...

Soap-making Class THIS WEEK!

Only a few days left to sign up! Register by Thursday, April 28th. In this hour and a half class, April Artist of the Month, Christa Perala teaches you how to make your own bars of soap! Each participant will leave with over a pound of their very own hand-crafted...

Open Youth Night at Center

Wednesday April 19th 4-7pm Join us for our third Open Youth Night on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at the New York Mills Cultural Center. Based on the success of previous Youth Nights, the Center will once again be open to all area 7th-12th graders for studying with...

2016 MN State High School League Art Show

Now through May 1st In The Gallery The Gallery at the Cultural Center in New York Mills eagerly presents the Minnesota State High School Visual Arts Exhibit for the 6A Region. Opening on Saturday, April 23rd and running through Sunday, May 1st, this exhibition...

NEW ~ Artist of the Month!

The Cultural Center Gift Store proudly announces its new “Artist of the Month” program which will feature a new Gift Store artist each month with special deals and activities. The program’s intent is to bring attention to the myriad of talented local...

Annual Meeting April 18, 2016

This year’s annual meeting will be held on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the Cultural Center. All members of the Cultural Center are invited to attend. If you are not a member, join today! An annual membership for an individual is just...

Finnish Roots Celebration Saturday April 16th

Immersion Events & Comedy Concert Celebrate Finnish Culture & Heritage on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 with Two Family-Friendly Events! Songs, Stories & Activities Saturday April 16th at 10am & 3:30pm Instructors from Salolampi Finnish Language camp will...

2016 Annual Garden Party

Thursday April 21st 6:00 to 8:00pm Spring is spritely sprinkling on Northern Minnesota and the Cultural Center is ready to plant more seeds of creativity in the Lakes Area community! This is only possible with your generous gifts of time, talents, creativity, crafts,...

Immigration Integration Gallery Exhibit

Featured March 6 – April 9, 2016 Immigration Integration Artists Arna Rennan & Leila Rastegar The exhibit: The Cultural Center is pleased to present in the main floor gallery in March 2016 an art exhibition and conversation exploring women’s identity and...

Why Knit? Why Knot!

Two Tuesdays April 5th & 12th Knifty Knitters Knitting Class There is nothing in the world like creating something with your own two hands…except maybe creating something with your own two needles! Experience the ‘loom method’ of knitting without...

Celebrations: Immigration Integration

Friday April 1st 7:30pm Immigration Integration Conversations and Concert In celebration of the works of Arna Rennan and Leila Rastegar, the Cultural Center presents conversations on women’s global identity in connection with social integration and the immigrant...

Essay Deadline Approaches: Friday April 1st

Great American Think-Off Essay Submission Deadline   Friday April 1st Are you a deep thinker? Like to discuss controversial politics with family & friends? Are you engaged in the current primary face-offs for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election? Then showcase...

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Friday March 25th 7pm A showing of Here Comes Peter Cottontail Bring one and all to a fun-filled evening at the Cultural Center, New York Mills! Children can experience for the first time and adults will reminisce over the 1970 stop-animation film, “Here Comes...

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...