Open Mic Night

Looking for something different to do on a Tuesday night? Come to the Cultural Center every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for our monthly Open Mic Night. Open Mic is always FREE and open to all. ALL are welcome – musicians, poets, writers, jugglers,...

New sculpture “uproot” at Sculpture Park

Morris, Minnesota Artist Gary Wahl introduces his sculpture “uproot” at the Sculpture Park Uprooted, a new sculpture at the Sculpture Park in New York Mills, will be introduced to the community by artist Gary Wahl on Saturday, August 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Everyone is...

2014 Puppet Pageant

Join us for two weeks of fun and creativity! Learn to walk with stilts, children & adults help to make large puppets and perform in our theatrical event!                                                               Workshop Schedule: For all participants August...

Margo McCreary Puppet Show

The Cultural Center brings a puppet show by extraordinary puppeteer Margo McCreary to New York Mills Farmers Market on Saturday, July 26 at 11am. The performance is free to the public, and is made possible, in part, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Arts...

Decoy Judging Results

  The Annual Decoy Show will be on display in our gallery from July 9-July 19th. Stop in and take a look! Congratulations to all winners! Also, a  special congratulations to Paul Sparks and John Peeters, who placed in all 3 categories!        ...

Masks and Stone Sculptures by Simon Zornes

Simon Zornes show through Thursday, July 31 in the upstairs gallery Artist reception on Friday, July 11th from 2-5 pm Using native rock and wood, Simon Zornes creates powerful images expressive of his Anishinaabeg heritage.  Here are three images that tell more about...

John House and annual decoy art exhibit

Wild nature, human nature, and fish decoys July 9 – 19 Meet John House on Friday, July 11 from 2-5 pm at his reception Renowned artist John House will fill the Cultural Center gallery with portraits of human nature and wild nature as part of the annual fish...

AmazonSmile program at the Cultural Center

AmazonSmile helps bring you the Puppet Pageant and the Think-Off If you buy goods from Amazon.com you can now help provide resources to the Cultural Center too.  When you shop on Amazon just click on the following link to ask for Amazon.Smile.  You will still be on...

Visiting artist Katie Rose Pipkin

Taking up residence in the Arts Retreat house during the first part of the summer of 2014 is visual artist Katie Rose Pipkin. During the early part of her residency, she has been focused on her drawings and has been quite productive amidst small town life in New York...

Little big year in Minnesota and at the Cultural Center

Little big year orientation meeting July 17th The Cultural Center will sponsor a “little” big year to begin August 1 and continue for 12 months.  And on July 17th you are invited to join Alice Martin and others from around the state of Minnesota in a...

Fish House and Decoy Auction Friday July 11

Fish house art and decoys July 11 The Cultural Center has commissioned four artists from the region to paint fish houses and fish decoys on July 11th as part of the New York Mills Summer Celebration.  Kayleen Horsma of Menahga, Pam Robinson from New York Mills, Troy...

Texts of the final four essays from the 2014 Think-Off

Love motivates us more by Jennifer Nelson I couldn’t believe. I didn’t even realize I was bleeding. Adrenaline is a surprisingly strong force. As I shakily stumbled away from my demolished vehicle, I had no idea I was even injured, let alone that my injuries would be...

Jennifer Nelson wins 2014 Great American Think-Off

Enthusiastic audience chooses “America’s Greatest Thinker” Jennifer Nelson of Morris, Minnesota won the annual Great American Think-Off philosophy contest on Saturday, June 14 before an enthusiastic crowd of 375 persons in New York Mills, Minnesota....

Jennifer Nelson wins 2014 Great American Think-Off

Enthusiastic audience chooses “America’s Greatest Thinker” Read the complete texts of the four finalists’ essays on our Think-Off site. Jennifer Nelson of Morris, Minnesota won the annual Great American Think-Off philosophy contest on Saturday, June 14...

Summer Yoga Classes

The Cultural Center is pleased to once again offer Yoga classes in our upstairs studio, with new instructor Melissa Lepper.  There are two options for classes throughout the summer, described below. Cost is $11 per class for drop-ins, or $90 for a 10-class punch-card...

Art in your park for kids this summer

Art in your park in Mills, Perham, & Wadena All Art in your Park activities are free.  The projects are for kids through 6th grade.  Age 7 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or older sibling.  Call 218-385-3339 with any questions.  See you at the parks....

Collaborative Poetry Broadsides June 2nd

On Monday, June 2nd at 7:30pm, come to the Cultural Center to hear poetry, learn more about letterpress printing, meet both a local and a visiting artist, and have the chance to purchase one of an edition of 40 broadsides. Each broadside is hand-fed through an antique...

Farmers’ Market opens

Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, May 24 The Farmers’ Market opens on Saturday (9am to 1pm) for the first day of the 2014 season (located in the shelter on the east side of the Creamery).  Colene Jacobson and Beverly Backstrom will be serving coffee and...

Brad Wegscheid raku show and demonstration

As part of his current raku ceramics show at the Cultural Center galleries in New York Mills, Brad Wegscheid will give a free raku demonstration on Friday, May 30th in the parking area behind the Cultural Center. The demonstration begins at 6:00 pm. Brad has been...

FOB Minnesota Tour

FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) to be performed at Perham’s Jin Hu Restaurant June 7 & 8 Tickets at the Center (call 218-385-3339) or online at Brown Paper Tickets   Minneapolis-based Mu Performing Arts and the Cultural Center in New York Mills bring David Henry...

Visiting Artist Alyse Knorr

Just a week and a half and more than 30 pages of new poetry after arriving from Anchorage, Alaska, artist-in-residence Alyse Knorr is settling in quite nicely.  Alyse will be here until June 4th, and will spend her time both in writing new pieces and in editing past...

Final four debaters for this year’s Great American Think-Off

Tickets at the Center (call 218-385-3339) or online at Brown Paper Tickets   “Love or fear: which motivates us more?” will be debated at the 22nd annual Great American Think-Off at the New York Mills School on Saturday, June 14th. The great debate will take place...

Final four for 2014 debate hail from Minnesota

Final four debaters for 2014 Great American Think-Off will debate on June 14th Tickets on sale at the Center (call 218-385-3339)  or online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here)   “Love or fear: which motivates us more?” will be debated at the 22nd annual Great American...

Norman Kennedy, balladeer and storyteller

Traditional Scottish songs and stories Thursday, May 8th Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Norman Kennedy in concert at the Center on May 8th at 7:30pm.  Admission is $15 on the night of the concert or $12 with advance reservation.  Student admission is always...

Expressions of a Sami Heritage

Kayleen Horsma oil paintings “Expressions of a Sami Heritage”, an exhibit of Kayleen’s new oil paintings, opens on Wednesday, April 23 and continues through Saturday, May 31 in the ground floor gallery.  A reception honoring Kayleen will be hosted by...

Annual Garden Party Fundraiser Thurs, May 1st

Live and silent auctions once again this year Help us shake off “the coldest winter in 30 years” with our annual Garden Party fundraiser on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 6pm at the Cultural Center.  This year’s event will once again include both a...

Yoga & Ayurveda Workshop

Bring about better health & balance in your life using Yoga & Ayurveda Join us for a mini workshop taught by Wendy Billie, Master Yoga Teacher & Healing Practitioner, where you will: Learn the language of Ayurveda (ancient Eastern natural healing system)....

Artist-in-residence Jill Johnson

Visiting artist Jill Johnson will be living in our midst at the Retreat House on South Main Ave in New York Mills for several weeks in April-May 2014.  Jill is a community cultural artist, which means that she researches folk and cultural art forms in Sweden and...

Visiting artist Britt Aamodt

In the retreat house for a short stay in early April is artist Britt Aadmodt from the Twin Cities.  Britt was born on the Chesapeake but migrated to Minnesota, the land of her ancestors. Those ancestors are the source of her tales about the immigrant women and men who...

2014 essay deadline extended to April 15

There is still time to submit your essay and participate “Love or fear:  which motivates us more?” is the 2014 question posed by the Great American Think-Off and everyone still has time to submit her or his essay (no more than 750 words) until April 15. This annual...

Arts Retreat residency deadline April 1st

FREE ARTIST RESIDENCY The New York Mills Arts Retreat is currently accepting applications for July – December 2014 artist residencies.  The Arts Retreat program offers self-funded 2-6 week solo residencies for selected artists in all disciplines. A small house...

Piga Project: Women, Immigration, and Resilience

The PIGA project by Jill Johnson The Piga Project creates new forms of folk art as a way to challenge our ideas about culture and belonging.  Researched over a period of two years in Sweden and the US, Johnson’s project also explores questions around the...

Mixed Blood Theatre presents Deaf Duckling

Experience theater up close and personal on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 pm Admission $5 for all for this moving theater experience in the Cultural Center’s listening room performance space.

Slovakian Easter Egg Class April 11 or 12

Join us Friday April 11 or Saturday April 12, 2014 for a Slovakian Easter egg decorating class taught by Pam Robinson. Interested in her ethnic heritage, Pam learned this egg decorating method as a teenager, which uses a wax-resist technique and a homemade straight...

Kathryn Daugherty reading Friday, March 14

Passionate romance, a tense courtroom battle, and catastrophic family drama provide something for every reader in Kathryn Daugherty’s debut novel, A Case of Hearts. Published by the Write Place in August 2013.  The book follows Carol Matthews and Donovan Delaney as...

Learn to spin – or practice your skills

Learn to spin thread and yarn Bruce Engebretson is a master spinner and weaver and he will teach techniques of spinning in two sessions on Saturdays, March 8 and 15 from 10 am to 3 pm.  If you have a spinning wheel, bring it with you.  If not, we’ll have an...

Cheesemaking

Learn to make cheese Saturday March 22 – 1 to 4 pm. This class covers the basics of cheese making and is taught by Bruce Engebretson from Osage. Participants will learn how to make queso fresco and cottage cheese as well as a tomme cheese.  One variety of tomme...

Wine Making

Learn the basics of fermenting grapes and other fruits to make wine One of the most ancient processes of fermentation produces one of the world’s favorite beverages.  Ron Leasman from Long Prairie, owner of Leatherwood Vinegary, will teach the basic process of...

Shinfeller fiber art workshop April 17

Learn the ancient Norwegian art form of “shinfeller” Join Karen Aakre for a unique workshop where you will make a pair of baby slippers and mittens, or adult-sized wristlets and headband, on Thursday, April 17th from 6-9pm.  This workshop is given as an...