willmar area arts council




 Violet Dauk's watercolor titled "Mean Rooster" won
the People's Choice Award.  Violet said she grew up on a dairy farm and they also had chickens.  There was one really mean rooster that scared her every time he was out.  Her rendition of him must have scared a lot of you, too!

FRAGILE     fragile: adj.  easily broken or damaged, delicate

   The next play at the Barn is "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.  For this play we have chosen the theme "Fragile" for the exhibit.  We'd love to see what you consider "fragile" - a flower, a baby?  Be creative.  The details are the same as always:
   - all artwork should relate to the theme in some manner
   - all artwork must be original in design or concept
   - all 2D artwork must be ready to hang with a wire
   - artists may submit up to 3 items for the exhibit
   - entry fee is $5 per item (members), $8 (non-members)
   - all pieces must remain for the duration of the exhibit
   - items can be for sale.  The Arts Council will retain 30% (members) or 40% (non-members) commission on all sales

   The exhibit will be up April 14 - May 12 and entries must be brought the our office by April 13.

After School Kids' Art Club

Thanks to the Laura Welle Memorial Fund, we are able to offer the popular After School Kids' Art Club again this year!  Students in grades 1 thru 3 will be meeting the first and third Mondays of each month and students in grades 4 and 5 will meet the first and third Tuesdays.  We meet in our classrooms on the third floor of the Barn Theatre.  Enter through the door at 316 Becker Ave SW and go to the third floor.  There is a $3 participation fee per session. 

Hope to see lots of kids there!

Painted Traffic Signal Boxes

We have been given permission by the City of Willmar to paint the nine traffic signal boxes along First Street.  These are the large boxes on the corner of each intersection with a traffic signal.  We will be writing a grant to the Southwest MN Arts Council requesting funding for the planning of this project.  We have contacted several artists to see if there is interest and got a very enthusiastic response.  If you want to see what we're talking about, Google "Painted traffic signal boxes" and you'll be pleasantly surprised.  If you are an artist or know someone who might be interested, please let us know so when we get ready to request proposals, we can include you.

Guided Writing Workshop

Karen Hering will host a guided writing workshop titled "Faith in a Seed" on Sunday, May 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at UUCW Church, 500 Trott Ave Sw.  The workshop will explore the natural world for its teachings about faith, wonder, hope and abundance.  Karen is the author or Writing to Wake the Soul:  Opening the Sacred Conversation WithinShe is the winner of the 2014 Silver Nautilus award which recognizes books that "inspire and connect our lives" and make "literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living. . . responsible leadership and positive social change.  The event is sponsored by Pen 'n Ink, Willmar area writers group.



Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Ron Adams Shroud of Mom The mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to increase regional awareness of the arts in West Central Minnesota by providing a number of initiatives: grants to individuals and organizations to advance art-related endeavors, opportunities for local artists to promotetheir work, informational resources to enhance the arts, and workshops that reflect the diverse heritage of our area. We acknowledge the support of our partners in assisting us to promote the arts by donating time and money as we work to advance the arts. Lastly, we invite you to attend our many activities and participate in some of the artist events in our region. We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions to advance our organization!



Willmar Education and Arts Center
  Check our "Gallery" page to see what's up in the gallery.
"This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL (SMAC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation."

southwest minnesota arts and humanities council (SMAHC) 

"Funded in part by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission."
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Ecomonic Development Commission