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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November 2019

Glacial Ridge Winery

November 15 @ 6:00 pm
Glacial Ridge Winery, 15455 Old Mill Road
Spicer, MN 56288 United States
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Music by Robert Thompson

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“Fiddler on the Roof”

November 15 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating until November 16, 2019

New London-Spicer High School presents "Fiddler on the Roof."  Tickets $15 at wildcatpac.booktix.com

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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.  We will have tiles at Vinje Church on Nov. 9, 2019 during the multi-cultural food festival from 5:00 – 7:00.

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!



Multi-cultural Food Festival

Please join us for a multi-cultural food festival featuring foods from a variety of cultures, including Mexican, Chilean, Peruvian, Scandinavian, Indian, Persian, and more!  The festival will be  Nov. 9, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  at Vinje Lutheran Church, 1101 SW Willmar Ave, Willmar.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  It is sponsored by Art Express, a Healthy Together Willmar Idea Fund Project, funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota.  A variety of family-friendly art activities will also be offered.