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We use the service Network for Good to allow our donors to contribute securely online; click the logo at the right to get to our organization’s donation page.

The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for more than three decades. Our mission it to be a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts. Our vision is to connect people to artists and rich cultural experiences, celebrating the local and being a window to the world. 

We bring our mission and vision to life through a variety of year-round programs and events, including a performing arts / concert series, visual art gallery, classes and workshops, an artist residency program, a sculpture park, and annual community festivals/events. Our signature events include the Great American Think-Off in June, the Fish House Festival in July, the Kalevala Puppet Pageant in August, and the Longest Night Music Festival in December.  Check our Facebook page for the latest news and events in our community and region.

If you’re able, please consider making a contribution to help us continue our work to embrace the arts, culture, creativity, and community in rural Minnesota.  Click logo above or “Donate with Network for Good” button below to make a one-time or recurring donation online, send a check to us at PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567, or contact to learn about sponsorships, sustaining memberships, and other creative ways to support our work in cultivating the arts.

BIG THANKS and virtual hugs to all!

Reasons to Donate

Your contributions always make a difference in the lives of our rural residents and the artists with whom we connect. Thank you for considering a contribution to the New York Mills Arts Retreat (our legal name)! Your support makes it possible for us to continue to bring high quality arts experiences to the people of our rural region.

This photo shows Chris Koza and his band at the New York Mills High School during a residency outreach activity in September 2019. Students worked with band members to learn song-writing skills. The band then performed several of these songs for students.

Donations made to the Cultural Center helps us continue to partner with schools and other community organizations to provide resources like these to students and residents of all ages.

A gift of any size will make an impact:

  • $25 keeps the lights and heat on for one day
  • $50 pays one of our Longest Night Music Festival local musicians
  • $100 covers the cost of one session of Art in Your Park
  • $300 pays for one day of teaching art to students in local schools
  • $500 enables residency activities in schools & the community before a concert 
  • $1000 underwrites the cost of a typical live music performance 
  • $2500 covers our portion of a typical grant-funded week-long artist residency
  • $5000 pays for all artists & materials for our annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant

We are so grateful for all of our donors and members in New York Mills and all the communities that surround us in the West Central Minnesota region, and beyond.

Your contributions help us continue our efforts to enrich our community by bringing people together to experience art, culture, and creativity. This is at the heart of our mission: to be a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts.

This photo shows elementary school students viewing artwork in our annual Regional Elementary School Gallery Show. The experience of seeing their work in a real gallery setting is something that makes a real difference in how they view art and the world.

Leave a legacy. 

Considering bestowing a gift in your will or trust.

When you leave a gift to the Cultural Center in your will or trust, or by beneficiary designation, you can ensure access to the arts in our rural area for generations to come. There is no minimum amount and your gift costs you nothing now. Will or trust gifts are an easy way to make a lasting difference to our communities.