ArtReach St. Croix is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the St. Croix Valley community and visual, literary, and performing arts. ArtReach is a partner in community arts events, supports the work of artists and other arts organizations, and provides arts leadership within the St. Croix Valley community.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” More than likely after 2020, everyone’s soul (and house!) is a bit dusty. Over the past year, we all learned how crucial personal connection is. ArtReach St. Croix embraced this knowledge to create art experiences that were engaging and soul-quenching. Our ability to be nimble during times of immense change is made possible by our supportive community, including you.
ARTREACH IS DUSTING OFF THE ART BUSINESS MODEL.
ArtReach prides itself on featuring emerging artists alongside established and well-known artists. We have an inclusive attitude about who can display work on both the exhibition and mobile gallery walls. To serve the St. Croix Valley’s creative community, we act as a conduit—not a gatekeeper— between people and art. Everyone’s souls are different. Therefore the art that touches them will be as well. When you give to ArtReach, you allow us to work with artists with different lived experiences, at different points in their artistic careers, on different paths altogether.
ARTREACH IS SMALL, BUT YOU HELP MAKE US MIGHTY.
ArtReach is a flexible organization that works hard to create and promote the arts in the St. Croix Valley. The past year and a half has also proven how tenacious we are. As the world around us changed, we made it our goal to never lose sight of our artist-centric mission. Your contributions allow us to revamp our long‑standing programs so they can continue to run safely. ArtReach is all about our community’s artistic soul, and we are so happy to have you be a part of that.
ARTREACH CREATES CONNECTION THROUGH INNOVATIVE OUTREACH.
We understand that not everyone feels safe viewing art in an enclosed space, so we bring it outdoors. This year the Mobile Art Gallery spent weekends at four state and regional parks, five art festivals, and the Walker Art Museum. The flexible art venue brings together emerging and established Minnesota and Wisconsin-based artists and allows for ArtReach (and art!) to pop up in surprising places.
When you give to ArtReach, you allow us to generate unexpected art opportunities that connect artists and audiences in creative conversation.
PEOPLE ARE ARTREACH’S HEART AND SOUL.
We are fortunate to have member artists who are as tenacious as we are! The pandemic didn’t stop creativity, even for those who felt a little dusty. This year’s Members Show included work from 54 artists of all disciplines including performance. Plus, the Visual Arts Committee reviewed a record number of submissions for the Gallery Program.
In May, we welcomed part-time staff member, Brianna Samson. A resident of Hudson, Brianna has a degree in Marketing Communications and Broad Area Art and has worked with nonprofits for over eight years. We’re excited to have her at ArtReach, where she handles all things social media, communications, and Mobile Art Gallery.
ArtReach is dedicated to amplifying the arts and artists, and we rely on your enthusiastic support too.
NEA BIG READ CONNECTS COMMUNITIES TO LITERATURE AND TO EACH OTHER—IN A BIG WAY!
During this year’s NEA Big Read, ArtReach focused on stories from Hmong voices, featuring writers, artists and others from the region's Hmong community. Our gallery show and programming immersed our community in learning many aspects of Hmong and Hmong-American culture, from clothing to cooking to farming. This program allows us to build, together with our partners, a month of multi-disciplinary programs around a common book. We are proud to be hosting U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in 2022 during our eighth consecutive NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley.
Please consider a charitable gift to ArtReach this year. When you give to ArtReach, we have more opportunities to share the art and stories of the diverse individuals who make up the St. Croix Valley.
While the world continues to shift, we will move forward because our community’s resilience is our resilience.