willmar area arts council


Traffic Signal Boxes

  All the boxes are wrapped except one and we're so excited about them.  The comments we're hearing are all positive so we think you must be pleased with them, too..  The one at Litchfield Ave and First St won't be done until later this summer because the box is being replaced.  This project is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  It is also made possible with help from the Laura Welle Memorial Fund.

   The artists and titles of the boxes are:

Agnes Alsgaard-Lien - "Willmar Waltz" - Civic Center Dr & 1st St
Laura Welle (used by permission of Alan Welle) - Willmar Cityscape - Ella Ave & 1st St
Sharon Schuetze - "Chief Kandiyohi and Foot Lake Vistas" - Litchfield Ave & 1st St
Ron Adams - "Happy Space" - Trott Ave & 1st St
Michele Steffen - "Tribute to Joe Bee Honey" - Kandiyohi Ave & 1st St
Kari Weber - "Peonies" - Willmar Ave & 1st St

Sandra Schlagel - "Four Quilts" - Kandi Mall
Violet Dauk - "Why Did She Cross the Road?" - 19th Ave & 1st St
Nancy Carlson - "Coffee Time" - 28th Ave & 1st St
LeAnne Atchison - "Lilies" - 19th Ave & 5th St

  Please take a minute to answer our brief survey.  Just click the link below.  We'd love to have your feedback!  Thank you!

Traffic Signal Boxes Survey

Keys 4/4 Kids

  Thanks to a grant from the Elaine Adams Donor Advised Fund of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, we were able to sponsor a piano from Keys 4/4 Kids.  The organization, headquartered in St Paul, takes donated pianos, rehabs them then gets them into schools to be decorated.  When they contacted us about getting a piano into out-state MN, we jumped at the chance.  We worked with the Willmar Public Schools to get the piano into the high school where the after school art club got to work.  The piano was delivered to the Barn Theatre and now sits in front of the building.  It will be there for the summer for people to stop by and play. 

   Be sure to stop by and see it - maybe play a tune!


Snowplow Blade

  Just for fun, we painted a snowplow blade that was on display at the fire station during Public Works Week in May and also appeared in the Willmar Fests Parade.  In case you missed it, here it is.  If you'd like to be involved with some of our fun projects, call or email us at 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.


Games People Play

  The next play at the Barn Theatre is "The Game's Afoot 'A Sherlock Holmes Mystery-Comedy.'"  We have chosen as the theme for the exhibit in the mezzanine gallery Games People Play.  The possibilities are endless for this one and we can't wait to see how creative you'll be with it.  Remember that all mediums are welcome and 2D work must be ready to hang with a wire on the back.  You can enter up to three pieces.  Entry fee is $5 per piece ($7 for non-members).  Entries are due by noon on August 14.  The exhibit will be up August 15 to Sept. 11.  A ballot box will be available for the public to vote for their favorite work of art and the winning artist will receive $100.  Call or email the Arts Council for more information - 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.

Something's Fishy!

  Teresa Robichon of Hawick won the People's Choice Award for our latest exhibit at the Barn Theatre titled "Something's Fishy - Fish Stories and Other Tall Tales."  Her watercolor painting of her husband and his remarkable catch is titled "One Cast that Caught Two Fish."  She received a $100 prize.



Celebrating Community - Mural at the Willmar Community Center

“Celebrating Community” is the theme for a mural to be painted for the Willmar Community Center by local artist, Ron Adams.  The setting for the painting will be a park, using a band shelter (such as the one that used to be at Rice Park) as the centerpiece.  The people in the mural will reflect the diversity of the Willmar community, including all ages and people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds.  They will be engaged in music, dance, drawing, conversation and sports.  It will be a celebration of community. 

  Adams estimates the project will take 1,200 to 1,500 hours to complete.  The 16’ x 7’ mural will be painted on four (4) canvas panels so it can be moved, if and when another community center is built.  It is anticipated that the mural will hang in the Burlington Northern Room on the wall opposite the kitchen upon its completion in May 2018.  Adams will paint the mural in his home studio.  He plans to participate in the 2017 Studio Hop so that people will have the opportunity to view the work in progress.

  The Willmar Area Arts Council is the sponsor for the project. The goal is to raise $8,000 from community donations.   All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt.  Fund raising began Nov. 23 and we have already received $1,200.  While large donations are always appreciated, we hope to receive many small gifts from individuals and business as well.  It's really about the community coming together on many levels.

Send your donation today to the Arts Council at PO Box 165, Willmar, MN 56201 with a notation that it's for the Community Center mural.


Support the Arts Council while shopping on-line!

  Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, you can support the Willmar Area Arts Council while shopping!  Simply log onto www.amazonsmile.com.  If you are registered with Amazon, all your information will be there.  Simply find the Arts Council in the list or organizations and continue shopping.  A small percentage of your purchase will come to us!  What could be easier?  Shop and support! 


Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Willmar Area Arts CouncilThe mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to promote and support the arts in West Central Minnesota.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com

"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