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...

Children’s Painting Class October 19

Paint Samson’s Portrait with Ellen Jean Diederich Children’s Painting Class: Painting Samson’s Portrait Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 5-6:30pm Taught by artist Ellen Jean Diederich For children ages 7-12 Ellen will begin the class by showing the...

Fall 2016 Concert Series

The Cultural Center is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 concert series! All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cultural Center’s intimate gallery listening room space (unless noted otherwise).  Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Members...

The Art Of Labor

In The Gallery The Art of Labor:  Working for a Living September 8th – October 8th Reception Thursday, September 22, 3:30-6:30 It is difficult to separate an American from working.  We like to work.  Sometimes we are angry, frustrated, and overworked.  But at...

Fall 2016 Senior/Gentle Yoga

Wednesday mornings this Fall Registered yoga instructor Ann Pate returns to the Cultural Center to lead a dedicated group in Senior/Gentle Yoga. Ann’s class focuses on a gentle journey building strength and flexibility through core yoga flows. Class will meet...

Heritage Garden & Bonfire

The Cultural Center has asked the community to bring splittings of sentimental plants to the Grand Opening of the Barn in the Sculpture Park. Please bring your plant in a pot or similar container. The evening’s bonfire with roasted goodies is BYOC – Bring...

Barn Celebration

Grand 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...

September Artist of the Month

In April, the Cultural Center Gift Store proudly announced its “Artist of the Month” program which features 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 and regional...

Early September Artist In Residence

Robin Rozanski fiction writer Robin writes fiction of all lengths, from flash fiction to novels, usually literary in genre. Exploring themes of mortality and humanity through characterizations of illness or physical deformity, occasionally her work tends toward...

Kent DuChaine in Concert

Kent DuChaine Friday, September 2nd @7:30pm “An outstanding performance from a consumate professional” -Blues in Britain Magazine Kick off your Labor Day weekend with the return of Kent DuChaine, American blues singer and steel guitarist from Fort Gaines,...

3rd Annual Little Big Year

The Little Big Year Kick Off! Tuesday, September 6th 7-8:30pm The Little Big Year is a bird sighting program designed for anyone interested in birding, whether novice or expert–no matter your age or where you live in Minnesota.  The group participates in various...

In the Gallery – Best of the Selfies

Best of the Selfies August 3rd- September 3rd, 2016 Solo artists Brianna Steinbrink & Maxine Adams, plus e-mail submission selfies As technology grows and creative expression diversifies, the line between artist and participant blurs and new media emerges. But is...

August Watercolor Class

Grace Haverty Watercolor Instructor Growing up in the  New York City  area afforded Grace the opportunity to visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although she loved art she never even gave a thought to pursuing a career in that...

Artist in Residence ~ August 2016

Nik Nerburn Filmmaker / Photographer Nik is a research-based storyteller, filmmaker and photographer. He is interested in oral histories, vernacular folklore and local legends, being equally informed by documentary journalism and avant-garde forms. His work often...

2016 Puppet Pageant

Puppet Pageant based on tales from the Kalevala Friday, August 19th @7pm After the Corn Feed Dance, music, acting, costume design and performance skills are taught by Anne Sawyer-Aitch, Creative Director and Puppeteer from Minneapolis, who has worked with In the Heart...

August Artist of the Month

In April, the Cultural Center Gift Store proudly announced its “Artist of the Month” program which features 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 and regional...

Puppet Pageant Workshop Schedule

2016 Puppet Puppet Pageant Workshop Schedule Workshops For All: (Parents can drop children off) Monday August 8th 9am-Noon Tuesday August 9th 9am-Noon Wednesday August 10th 9am-Noon Thursday August 11th 9am-Noon Friday August 12th 9am-Noon Monday August 15th 9am-Noon...

Get Involved! ~ 2016 Puppet Pageant

2016 Cultural Center 8th annual Puppet Pageant    Supply, Volunteer, and Sponsor Request The Puppet Pageant is a community theatre production and there are many ways to get involved! Volunteer Opportunities: Sewing: costumes Carpentry: help with stilts, as needed...

July Artist of the Month

JT Thompson Jewelry Maker JT Thompson of jt maui designs is the Cultural Center’s July Artist of the Month! Stop by our gift shop any time for the rest of the month to get 10% off all of JT’s marvelous creations! Minnesota native, Jon “JT”...

Erasure Poetry Workshop

Rebecca Yates Erasure Poet Artist in Residence, Rebecca Yates, is a writer and erasure poetry artist living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The Found Poetry Review, Damselfly Press, and Really System, among others. She is the founder of Minneapolis Erasures...

Birding Presentation July 21, 2016

ATTENTION BIRDERS: Free Presentation Thursday, July 21st The Little Big Year is hosting the DNR’s Assistant Wildlife Manager, Blane Klemek, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills on Thursday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Klemek will be making a presentation about...

Resident Artist Talk & Exhibition

  David Andree Interdisciplinary Landscape Artist David Andree, the Cultural Center’s Artist Retreat Visiting Artist in Residence for the first two weeks of July, is excited to talk transitions, movement, form, and the changing nature of landscape....

2016 Fish House Festival

  Friday, July 8th ~ All Day Event Join us on Main Avenue in front of the Cultural Center for activities from 9am to 4pm! Come into the Center from 2pm-4pm to cool off and view the art and grab a bit of refreshment at the Reception for the Decoy Show &...

Regional Show Awards 2016

The Cultural Center would like to announce the prize winners for the 2016 Regional Adult Exhibition. The four Best in Category awards, given by a jury of local arts professionals, go to:                 Stegacrane by Tim Cassidy...

Raffle Tickets For Sale Now!

  Fish House Festival Raffle Tickets For Sale ~Only 290 are sold! ~Low price of $10 ~Comes with free commemorative poster Great Prizes! 1st Prize – 2016 Fish House painted by artists Troy Helget, Bob Johnson, John Peeters, and Pam Robinson 2nd Prize – 2015...

Art in Your Park

2016 Art in Your Park Schedule Announced! Art in Your Park is back again! Fun art activities are offered on several dates at several times in several parks of several towns! Join us at YOUR park to get in on the good times! Art in Your Park is open to all youth aged...

June Artist of the Month

June 2016 Artist of the Month The Cultural Center is proud to have Shelley Johnson as our June Artist of the Month! Her needlework is featured in the Giftshop with a 10% discount. Shelley moved to West Central Minnesota in 2003 and started knitting in 2004. She...

Yoga Summer 2016

Summer Yoga is On! Join Emma Olson each week this summer for some relaxing and energizing yoga! Yoga is available every Wednesday in June, July, and August from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Call the Center to answer questions or for details: (218) 385-3339. PLEASE NOTE: Class is...

July 2016 Jewelry-Making Class

Intro to Wire Wrapping Sign up by Friday, June 24th for this fun class on Friday, July 1st! Come join JT and Karla, of JT Maui Designs, for an evening of jewelry creation. This class will focus on the wrapping of ‘found’ objects (be it stone, sea glass, or...

Honorable Mentions’ Essays Announced

10 Honorees were mentioned for the quality of their essays in addition to the four finalists who debated in New York Mills on June 11th. These Honorees were: Cody Atkins, David Bornus, Julie Davis, David Eckel, Don Evans, David Lapakko, Milt Lee, William Matz, Conan...

2016 Think-Off Winner Announced

Income Inequality Threatens Democracy In the 24th annual Great American Think-Off, Sam Dennison of San Francisco, California successfully argued that income inequality does indeed threaten democracy. Silver medalist Alex Liuzzi also gave a convincing argument, but the...

2016 Think-Off: Income Inequality Threatens Democracy

2016 America’s Greatest Thinker Named In the 24th annual Great American Think-Off, Sam Dennison of San Francisco, California successfully argued that income inequality does indeed threaten democracy. Silver medalist Alex Liuzzi also gave a convincing argument,...

Finalist Essays Released

The Great American Think-Off 4 Finalist Essays are published on the Cultural Center website here. Click here to read the essays. Congratulations to all the finalists!

2016 Think-Off Finalists’ Essays

Sam Dennison AGREES Income Inequality Threatens Democracy Note: Sam was the winner of the 2016 debate, earning the gold medal and title of America’s Greatest Thinker. Exactly ten years ago, Sam was selected as a finalist in the 2006 Great American Think Off,...