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Chritsmas Story

  "Christmas Story" is the theme we have chosen for the next invitational exhibit here at the Barn Theatre.  It will run in conjunction with the Barn's production of "A Christmas Story."  Anything Christmas related is perfect for this show!  Remember that all 2D works need to be ready to hang with a wire on the back.  Entries are due by noon Nov. 27.  You may submit up to three pieces and there is a $5 fee per entry ($7 for non-members).  The exhibit will be up Nov. 28 - Dec. 20.  There will be a ballot box for the public to vote for their favorite work of art and the winning artist will receive $100.  Contact the Arts Council for more information - 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.

The Sacred Places of Kandiyohi County

  The exhibit at WEAC through the end of November is the work of Greg Harp who has spent the last several months documenting the Sacred Places in Kandiyohi County for the Historical Society.  Many of the photographs were created  thanks to a grant from the SW MN Arts Council.  

Traffic Signal Boxes

  All the boxes are wrapped and we're so excited about them.  The comments we're hearing are all positive so we think you must be pleased with them, too.. This project is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  It is also made possible with help from the Laura Welle Memorial Fund.

   The artists and titles of the boxes are:

Agnes Alsgaard-Lien - "Willmar Waltz" - Civic Center Dr & 1st St
Laura Welle (used by permission of Alan Welle) - Willmar Cityscape - Ella Ave & 1st St
Sharon Schuetze - "Chief Kandiyohi and Foot Lake Vistas" - Litchfield Ave & 1st St
Ron Adams - "Happy Space" - Trott Ave & 1st St
Michele Steffen - "Tribute to Joe Bee Honey" - Kandiyohi Ave & 1st St
Kari Weber - "Peonies" - Willmar Ave & 1st St

Sandra Schlagel - "Four Quilts" - Kandi Mall
Violet Dauk - "Why Did She Cross the Road?" - 19th Ave & 1st St
Nancy Carlson - "Coffee Time" - 28th Ave & 1st St
LeAnne Atchison - "Lilies" - 19th Ave & 5th St

  Please take a minute to answer our brief survey.  Just click the link below.  We'd love to have your feedback!  Thank you!

Traffic Signal Boxes Survey

Celebrating Community - Mural at the Willmar Community Center

“Celebrating Community” is the theme for a mural to be painted for the Willmar Community Center by local artist, Ron Adams.  The setting for the painting will be a park, using a band shelter (such as the one that used to be at Rice Park) as the centerpiece.  The people in the mural will reflect the diversity of the Willmar community, including all ages and people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds.  They will be engaged in music, dance, drawing, conversation and sports.  It will be a celebration of community. 

  Adams estimates the project will take 1,200 to 1,500 hours to complete.  The 16’ x 7’ mural will be painted on four (4) canvas panels so it can be moved, if and when another community center is built.  It is anticipated that the mural will hang in the Burlington Northern Room on the wall opposite the kitchen upon its completion in May 2018.  Adams will paint the mural in his home studio.  He plans to participate in the 2017 Studio Hop so that people will have the opportunity to view the work in progress.

  The Willmar Area Arts Council is the sponsor for the project. The goal is to raise $8,000 from community donations.   All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt.  Fund raising began Nov. 23 and we have already received $1,200.  While large donations are always appreciated, we hope to receive many small gifts from individuals and business as well.  It's really about the community coming together on many levels.

Send your donation today to the Arts Council at PO Box 165, Willmar, MN 56201 with a notation that it's for the Community Center mural.


Support the Arts Council while shopping on-line!

  Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, you can support the Willmar Area Arts Council while shopping!  Simply log onto www.amazonsmile.com.  If you are registered with Amazon, all your information will be there.  Simply find the Arts Council in the list or organizations and continue shopping.  A small percentage of your purchase will come to us!  What could be easier?  Shop and support! 


Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Willmar Area Arts CouncilThe mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to promote and support the arts in West Central Minnesota.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com

"This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL (SMAC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation."
southwest minnesota arts and humanities council (SMAHC)
"Funded in part by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission."
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Ecomonic Development Commission