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 the popular Studio Hop.

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December 2021

“Elf”

December 9 @ 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until December 11, 2021

The Barn Theatre, 321 4th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201 United States
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By Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan.  Directed by Allen Clark Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. $20 adults/$10 under 18

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“Elf”

December 10 @ 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until December 11, 2021

The Barn Theatre, 321 4th St SW
Willmar, MN 56201 United States
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By Bob Martin, Thomas Meehan.  Directed by Allen Clark Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. $20 adults/$10 under 18

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Council Happenings

Small Works Silent Auction

We have decided to bring back the popular Small Works Silent Auction this year.  It will be up in the Event Center at the Barn from December 1 thru December 12, during the first two weeks of the Barn’s production of “Elf.”  If you are interested in entering some items. please contact us and we will send you detailed information.

"A Crafty Lady - Works by Terri Robichon"

We are pleased to announce that the newest exhibit in the WEAC Gallery is works by Terri Robichon.  The exhibit consists of entries she made in the 2021 Kandiyohi County Fair in the Crafts Category.

BARN QUILTS FOR THE BARN THEATRE

We’re pleased to announce that we commissioned eight artists to create barn quilts which are on permanent display in the Barn Theatre.  The artists are:  Ron Adams, LeeAnn Atchison, Pauline Donahue, Dona Larken, Janet Olney, Joanna Korsmo Prosser, Pauline Prawl and Monica Villars.  The quilts were unveiled Monday, September 13, 2021, during a reception for the artists.  Be sure to see them!
This project was made possible with funds from the David Korsmo Memorial Fund and from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

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.  It looks as if we have enough finished tiles to complete three more benches.   Unfortunately, because like so many other things, the benches won’t be completed in 2021.  Watch for them next spring/early summer, however.

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in helping?

Now that things are beginning to open up again, our Board of Directors is back to meeting in person.  We are in need of some new Board members.  Are YOU one of the people we’re looking for?  We usually meet the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am at the Barn Theatre.  We know that time might not work for everyone, but we are amenable to changing the time if need be.

Please call or email me if you have questions about this opportunity.  Hope to hear from you!

Janet Olney ~ Executive Director
320 905-0520 or willmararts@gmail.com

 

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!