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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Past Events

November 2020

Healthy Together Willmar

November 19, 2020 @ 1:00 am - January 20, 2021 @ 12:59 am
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An event every day that begins at 1:00am, repeating until December 31, 2020

Healthy Together Willmar - A Blue Cross, Blue Shield Initiative

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Healthy Together Willmar

November 20, 2020 @ 1:00 am - January 21, 2021 @ 12:59 am
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An event every day that begins at 1:00am, repeating until December 31, 2020

Healthy Together Willmar - A Blue Cross, Blue Shield Initiative

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Council Happenings

The ARTS today!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Last year – 2020 – was certainly a challenging year in so many ways.  Sometimes the best thing that can be said about a year is that it’s behind us.  And the new year is looking much more positive!  We’re all hoping we can resume some of our old activities as well as start new traditions.  You can be certain that we will do all in our power to keep the arts alive and thriving in our area!

We hope you’ve taken the time to look at Mary LaPatka’s exhibit titled “The Beauty and Science of Botanical Art.”    The exhibit is hanging in the gallery at WEAC.  Unfortunately, WEAC is currently closed to the public but we have posted the show virtually on this website.  Simply go to the gallery page and you’ll see it at the bottom of the page.  We hope you enjoy it!  Mary’s exhibit will be up until the end of January.

 

 

Janet Olney ~ Executive Director

Benches

We’re pleased to announce that a fifth bench has been completed.  The bench is in front of the Willmar Public Library.  Besides this latest one, there are four others – 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.

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!

We won’t be making any more tiles until it’s safe to get together again.  When we’re ready to start the project up, we’ll post information here, so be sure to check back.

 

 

Donate while shopping!

Did you know that while you’re shopping at Amazon you can make a donation to the Arts Council?   Simply shop at www.smile.amazon.com, find the Willmar Area Arts Council in the list of organizations, and they’ll give a percentage of your purchase to us.  It’s simple, it’s quick, and we’ll be very appreciative!