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Join us in 2024!

Join us for these arts learning experiences at the Cultural Center this Winter/Spring 2024! 

We are happy to once again partner with Elevate OTC to offer monthly Elevate Exploratories this season! We will also continue to host monthly arts learning workshops at various times during the week at the Cultural Center, in order to reach as many community members as possible.

This means 2 arts workshop opportunities each month this spring (PLUS, don’t forget our monthly Art for Lunch noon workshop each 2nd Thursday!)!

Workshops take place at the Cultural Center, in the main floor Gallery space, unless noted otherwise, and are open to ages 16+ (unless noted otherwise).  We ask that you please pre-register so that we can plan adequately; register online using the link for each workshop, or call 218-385-3339 to sign up.

Arts Learning Workshops (and all Cultural Center events!) are always open to all — members help support us financially and receive a discount on many workshops and events — but membership is NOT required to participate in our activities. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Learn more about supporting the Cultural Center financially here:

2024 Winter/Spring Workshop Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 7: Exploratory: Paper Beads (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, February 28: Egg Batik – Pinsanki Eggs (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 7: Exploratory: Woven Mug Rugs (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 21: Book Reading: “Lessons on the Road to Peace” with John Noltner (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 18: Exploratory: Printmaking (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 25: Alcohol Ink Jewelry (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 8: Rug Hooking (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, May 14: Exploratory: Dish Decorating @ The Divide (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 12: Exploratory: Paper Making @ The Barn (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
Come learn with us this Winter / Spring!

Want to get a member discount? Simply become a member and register in person at the Cultural Center or by calling 218-385-3339! Annual memberships start at just $30/year. Click here to learn more. You can always stop by, call, or email us too! We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Oh, and BTW, members get discounts on concerts and in our Gift Store too!

Questions or ready to reserve your sport? Click the registration link included for each workshop, or call us at 218-385-3339.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Egg Batik: Pinsanki Eggs

This method of decorating eggs for spring and Easter has been used for centuries throughout Europe. Using heated wax, designs are drawn on eggs and then dyed. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of traditional Egg Batik. Each participant will have the opportunity to make up to 3 eggs. Eggs will be done in the traditional method: we will be dying raw eggs. All materials will be supplied. Participants should bring an egg carton or similar to take eggs home.

Instructor: Cheryl Bannes | Cost: $30 | 10 Spots Available | Click below to register:

Register for Egg Batik >

Thursday, March 7, 2024 @ 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Elevate Exploratory: Woven Mug Rugs

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add a touch of handmade charm to your daily routine!  Join us for a fun and relaxing workshop where you’ll learn how to weave your very own mug rugs – perfect for keeping your favorite mug cozy and your tabletops protected.  In this beginner-friendly class, you’ll learn the basics of weaving using a small loom, with no previous experience required. All materials provided.

Instructor: Cheryl Bannes | Cost: $35 | 12 Spots Available 

Register for Woven Mug Rugs >

Thursday, March 21, 2024 @ 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Book Reading: “Lessons on the Road to Peace” with John Noltner

Photographer and Storyteller John Noltner will return to NYM, after spending nearly a month here in Nov/Dec 2023, for a book reading event for his recently released third book, “Lessons on the Road to Peace.” John will share a talk about the book, have time for Q&A, and then attendees will have the opportunity to purchase their own copy of the book and even have it signed by John.

Author: John Noltner | Cost: FREE | ALL are welcome

Learn more:

Thursday, April 18, 2024 @ 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Elevate Exploratory: Printmaking with Lindsay Kennedy

Calling all DIY enthusiasts and lovers of unique accessories! Join us for an exciting workshop where you’ll learn the art of block printing to create your own custom-designed bandanas!  Participants will learn the basics of cutting a soft small linoleum block using a variety of cutting tools. Once the design is cut, the design will be stamped onto a cotton bandana to create a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art!

Instructor: Lindsay Kennedy | Cost: $40 | 10 Spots Available 

Register for Printmaking >

Thursday, April 25, 2024 @ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Alcohol Ink Jewelry with Sue Kelseim

Join us for an immersive workshop where you’ll learn how to create stunning jewelry pieces using the vibrant and versatile medium of alcohol inks.  Participants will create their own unique jewelry made with alcohol inks and sterling or silver plate materials. Perfect for yourself or as a super personal gift! All materials provided.

Instructor: Sue Kelseim | Cost: $50 (Members $47) | 10 Spots Available (minimum 6)

Register for Alcohol Ink Jewelry >

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rug Hooking with Elise Olson

Are you ready to explore the timeless craft of rug hooking and create a stunning piece of fiber art for your home? Join us for a beginner’s level class where you’ll learn the basics of rug hooking while crafting a beautiful decorative wall hanging. You will learn the process of decorative rug making and go home with a one-of-a-kind small decorative piece of art!

Instructor: Elise Olson | Cost: TBD | TBD Spots Available

Register for Rug Hooking >

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 @ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. — Workshop held @ Continental Divide Brew Pub
Elevate Exploratory: Dish Decorating @ the Divide

Using ceramic/glass markers and paints, participants will create their own unique design on a mug and a plate.  This workshop will be led by Cheryl Bannes and all materials will be supplied. Have fun creating your very own decorative dishes at the new Continental Divide Brew Pub! Workshop fee includes pizza and 1 beverage of your choice (additional food and beverages can be purchased on your own). 

Instructor: Cheryl Bannes | Cost: $40 | 10 Spots Available (Min 6)

Register for Dish Decorating @ The Divide >

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Workshop held @ NYM Sculpture Park / The Barn
Elevate Exploratory: Paper Making @ The Barn

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly way to express your creativity? Join us for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn the art of making plantable paper greeting cards!  In this interactive class, you’ll discover the joy of crafting your own paper embedded with seeds, creating beautiful greeting cards that not only spread joy but also bloom into lovely flowers or herbs when planted.

Instructor: Cheryl Bannes | Cost: $30 | 12 Spots Available

Register for Paper Making @ The Barn >


Wednesday, February 7, 2024 @ 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Elevate Exploratory: Paper Beads

****NOTE: WORKSHOP CANCELED**** Canceled due to lack of registrants.

Discover the art of crafting your own one-of-a-kind paper beads in this engaging workshop! Unleash your creativity with just paper and glue as you learn the techniques to fashion vibrant, quirky beads. Join us for a hands-on experience that will empower you to design and assemble your very own distinctive and colorful jewelry pieces. Don’t miss out on the fun – let’s turn paper and glue into fabulous fashion!

Instructor: Cheryl Bannes | Cost: $30 | 14 Spots Available | Click below to register:

Register for Paper Beads Feb. 7th! >

These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.