Welcome to the
Willmar Area Arts Council
In 1997, a group of citizens responded to an incentive from a COM-PAS and Blandin Foundation partnership to build stronger support and appreciation for creative arts in the Willmar area. Along with financial support from the Minnesota Rural Arts Initiative (RAI), the City of Willmar, Willmar Public Schools, a development grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC), and membership fees, the Willmar Area Arts Council officially came into existence in the fall of 1997 and became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity in 1998.
Since its inception, the Willmar Area Arts Council has been a visible advocate for the arts in West Central Minnesota. Besides providing the rotating exhibits in the Willmar Education and Arts Center, administering the Arts in the Schools project for the Willmar Public Schools and hosting themed, invitational exhibits in the Barn Theatre’s mezzanine gallery that run in conjunction with the current production, it is the force behind two popular events: Studio Hop and Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!Find out more »
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The Prairie Gate Literary Festival offers a virtual conversation with three notable science fiction and fantasy authors. Joshua Phillip Johnson is an English professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris and author of the environmental fantasy novel The Forever Sea, due out by DAW Publishing in January. It is part of an expected epic fantasy series. Rebecca Kuang is an Chinese-American fantasy writer, and author of The Poppy War Trilogy, published by Harper Voyager. She is a 2020 Astounding Award winner as…Find out more »
Three notable poets, including Nancy Naomi Carlson, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, and Athena Kildegaard from UMN Morris, share their work and discuss their inspiration from the theme of Writing Women's Lives. This event is part of the Prairie Gate Literary Festival's 2021 offerings.Find out more »