willmar area arts council




Community Canvas

   We are so excited about our latest project - Community Canvas.  Beginner to professional, everyone is invited to participate!  Pick up an 8 X 8" canvas (limit 2) from the Arts Council.  There is a $5.00 charge for the canvas, but you will receive a $2 bill when it is returned.  Then put your original art on the canvas.  Any medium is acceptable - acrylic, oil paint, marker, pen and ink, pastels, watercolor, collage, crayon , airbrush, charcoal, fabric, beading, wirework, wood relief - the possibilities are endless!  If you attach anything to the canvas, it must not project beyond the 8" perimeter or protrude more than 1": from the front.  There are no restrictions regarding the subject matter as long as it is in good taste and appropriate for public display. 

   The canvases must be returned by August 20 and will be on display in the event center at the Barn Theatre Aug. 30 - Sept. 30.  There will be an opening reception Sunday, August 30.  We will have a ballot box for people to vote for their favorite piece.  The winner of the People's Choice Award will receive $100, second place $50 and third place $25.  The canvases will be displayed in public places throughout Willmar in October and can be picked up after Nov. 1.

   Questions:  Call or email the Arts Council.  We're here to help and look forward to seeing how creative you can be!  320 235-8560, willmararts@gmail.com

FRAGILE     fragile: adj.  easily broken or damaged, delicate

   The current play at the Barn is "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.  Our themed, invitational art exhibit in the mezzanine gallery space is titled "Fragile."  There are twenty-eight works by seventeen artists.  The exhibit is wonderful.and shows how creative and imaginative our artists can be.  Be sure to stop by, see it and vote for your favorite piece of art.  The winning artist receives $100.

After School Kids' Art Club

Thanks to the Laura Welle Memorial Fund, we are able to offer the popular After School Kids' Art Club again this year!  Students in grades 1 thru 3 will be meeting the first and third Mondays of each month and students in grades 4 and 5 will meet the first and third Tuesdays.  We meet in our classrooms on the third floor of the Barn Theatre.  Enter through the door at 316 Becker Ave SW and go to the third floor.  There is a $3 participation fee per session. 

Hope to see lots of kids there!

Painted Traffic Signal Boxes

We have been given permission by the City of Willmar to paint the nine traffic signal boxes along First Street.  These are the large boxes on the corner of each intersection with a traffic signal.  We just received a grant from the Southwest MN Arts Council to plan this project and will be starting soon.  We have contacted several artists to see if there is interest and got a very enthusiastic response.  If you want to see what we're talking about, Google "Painted traffic signal boxes" and you'll be pleasantly surprised.  If you are an artist or know someone who might be interested, please let us know so when we get ready to request proposals, we can include you.




Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Ron Adams Shroud of Mom The mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to increase regional awareness of the arts in West Central Minnesota by providing a number of initiatives: grants to individuals and organizations to advance art-related endeavors, opportunities for local artists to promotetheir work, informational resources to enhance the arts, and workshops that reflect the diverse heritage of our area. We acknowledge the support of our partners in assisting us to promote the arts by donating time and money as we work to advance the arts. Lastly, we invite you to attend our many activities and participate in some of the artist events in our region. We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions to advance our organization!



Willmar Education and Arts Center
  Check our "Gallery" page to see what's up in the gallery.
"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