willmar area arts council





Community Canvas

  The canvases for our Community Canvas Project have been moved to the Willmar Public Library and the Goodness Coffee Shop so you still have time to see them.  They will remain there until Nov. 2 when we will bring them back to the office and everyone can pick their canvas up.  The aratist who received the most votes in the whole event  is Hannah Roelofs.   The winner in the Under 12 category is Bella Lauer.  The winner in the 12 - 18 year old category is Ashley Olson.  And the winner in the Over 19 category is Monica Villars.  There were close to 250 votes cast in each of the three categories.  Thank you to everyone who made a canvas and to everyone who came to see the display.  It was a fun project and we hope to do it again sometime.

After School Kids' Art Club

  We're starting up the After School Kids' Art Club again this year.  We will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month beginning Oct. 12.  We will meet in our third floor classroom space at the Barn Theatre from 3:45 - 5:00.  Participation fee is $3.  Please call or email the Arts Council by the Friday before the Club to register so we will know how many to prepare for.  Hope to see your kids there!

Painted Traffic Signal Boxes 

   We have not received a good response to this project but we are continuing to promote it because we feel strongly that it will not only enhance the City of Willmar but is also a wonderful opportunity for the right artists.  Therefore, we have extended the deadline for consideration.  Please help us promote this.  Here are the details:

   The Arts Council is seeking artists to participate in a public art initiative in the City of Willmar.  This project involves using existing city infrastructure as a canvas for public art.  Our goal is to enhance the appeal of the City by adding works of art to the traffic signal cabinets along First Street.  Artists will have the option of either painting directly onto the cabinet or creating a digitally enhanced image which will be transferred to a vinyl wrap and professionally installed.  We are looking for proposals which will enhance community ride and uniqueness of the City.  Some possible subjects are the arts, our history, cultural diversity, recreational opportunities and/or natural beauty.  To view cabinets that have been done in other communities, Google "Painted traffic signal boxes."

   In the first phase of the project we are asking artists to submit their resume and four to six images of their work.  From this pool of applicants a committee made up of Arts Council Board members and representatives of the City of Willmar Public Works Department will select twelve artists and have them submit a detailed drawing and description of what they would put on a cabinet.  We will pay these twelve artists $200 each for this work.  From these twelve submissions the same committee will select eight artists.  We will then apply for a Legacy Grant from the SW MN Arts Council.  When we receive that grant we will commission the work and pay each artist $1,000 to complete the cabinet.  More details will be made available to the chosen artists in each phase.

   Interested artists are asked to submit their resume and images by October 30, 2015.  Please submit them by email to willmararts@gmail.com.  The twelve chosen  artists will be notified by Nov, 15 and their proposed art will need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015This activity is made possible with funds from the Laura Welle Memorial Fund and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  For more information please contact the Arts Council at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.


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