willmar area arts council





The exhibit in the mezzanine gallery at the Barn Theatre is titled "Scary" and is running in conjunction with the Barn's production of "Little Shop of Horrors."  There are twenty pieces by seventeen artists and while they may not give you nightmares, they are definitely worth seeing.  Stop by and vote for your favorite work.  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 will be writing a grant to the Southwest MN Arts Council requesting funding for this project.  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