willmar area arts council




Deborrah Larson Exhibit -Couch Culture

Be sure to stop by the gallery in the Willmar Education and Arts Center to see Deborrah Larson's wonderful exhibit - Couch Culture.  Deborrah lives in Ortonville and studied at the University of MN, Morris.  We will host a reception for Deb October 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  It will be worth your time to come meet this vibrant local artist.


Winner of the People's Choice Award in the recently concluded Water exhibit at the Barn Theatre was Greg Harp.  His photograph of the Mill Pond in New London was the people's favorite..

Lauren Pelon Concert

The Willmar Arts Council is pleased to present a concert by musician/singer/songwriter Lauren Pelon Nov 7 at 7:30 pm in the WEAC auditorium.  Lauren, an award-winning artist, is the recipient of a MN State Arts Board Touring Artist Grant and the Arts Council is sponsoring her visit to Willmar.  Her concert is titled, " Mujsic from the Backyard and Front Porch," and features music and stories of America's indigenous people, songs & instruments of America's many immigrants and her own compositions.  As an added feature to her Willmar performance, we are offering local singers the opportunity to meet and sing with Lauren.  She will conduct a rehearsal/workshop from noon to 1:00 on Nov. 7 where participants will learn one of Pelon's original compositions and join her on the final song of her concert.  If interested, please contact the Arts Council by October 24.  We look forward to Lauren's visit!

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!

Holiday Traditions

The next themed, invitional exhibit at the Barn will be running in conjunction with "A Christmas Carol."  We have chosen the theme Holiday Traditions for this exhibit.  So whether your tradition is Ho-Ho-Ho, Ho-hum, or Bah Humbug, be sure to enter.  The exhibit will run Dec. 2 through the 31st.  Please bring your entry to the Arts Council office by Dec. 1.

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
  The exhibits in the gallery space will be works by Willmar Public Schools Studio Hop artists through the end of June. 
"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