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!

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October 2019

Bus Trip

October 23

The Willmar Area Arts Council is sponsoring a bus trip to the Museum of Russian Art and the American Swedish Institute.  More information is available on the home page.  Contact the Arts Council to reserve a space!  320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com

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Hayloft Players

October 25 @ 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until October 26, 2019

The Barn Theatre, 321 4th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201 United States
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The Hayloft Players presents "Show and Spell" at the Barn Theatre.  Adults $10, ages 18 and younger $5.  320 235-9500

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Council Happenings


Our bench project is moving right along!  Four benches are finished – one in front of the Barn Theatre, one in front of Rositta’s,  one in front of Midtown Market and the fourth in front of the Health and Human Services Building.  As more opportunities to paint a tile become available, they will be posted here.

We received a lot of press about this project – a nice article in the West Central Tribune on June 26 and a feature in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Sunday, July 7.  Watch for more benches to pop up!  And have your creation on one of them!



Bus Trip

Won’t you please join us for another bus trip to the Twin Cities?  On October 23 we will go to the Museum of Russian Art where there are several exhibits on display – “After the Explosion:  Documenting Chernobyl,” “Mystical Imprints:  Marc Chagall, Ben-Zion and Ben Shahn,”  and “Village Wardrobes:  Traditional Dress from Eastern & Central Ukraine.”  From the Russian Museum of Art we will travel to the American Swedish Institute where the current display is titled “The Vikings Begin.”  You will also be able to eat lunch in FIKA, the café at the Institute.  Cost of the trip is $45 for non-members and $40 for members.  The bus fare and entry fees into both museums is included.  Reservations and pre-payment is required.  Lunch is on your own.

Please call the Arts Council (320 235-8560) or email us (willmararts@gmail.com) for more information.

Hope you can join us!