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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Have you ever wondered how to publish a poem, short story, children's book or novel? A panel composed of traditional and self-published authors will share their experiences and advice on getting works of fiction published. Short readings will accompany each presenter. A significant amount of time will be reserved for Q & A. Panelists include UMN Morris English professor and poet Angela Hume, children's book author Deb Mercier, UMN Morris librarian and self-published fantasy author Peter Bremer, UMN Morris and…Find out more »