The Bird Island Cultural Center was legally registered on 11/8/16 as a Nonprofit Corporation by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) as of 11/22/16.
The Bird Island Cultural Centre is located 100 miles west of St. Paul on Hwy 212. It is centrally located, approximately 30 miles from Willmar, Hutchinson, Granite Falls and Redwood Falls. This location allows for rural artists, viewers and consumers alike to form relationships of diverse discovery and provides a focus for artists to network with each other. One of the Cultural Centre’s pillars is to bring the arts to the community while engaging the community in the arts.
Our role in the community is to facilitate a space which enhances art appreciation, inspires creativity, socialization and thoughtful discourse. We have achieved this over the past 6½ years by hosting over 50 artists through month-long art exhibitions, initiating a writer's contest in 2023 with authors submitting works from across Minnesota , 4 Story Shows, 3 theatrical collaborations with the Pioneer Library System, adult and youth art classes taught by artists who specialize in photography, watercolor, quilling, oil landscape painting, and ink painting. We created an 8’x 80’ community mural on the west-side of the Cultural Centre and a building length public sidewalk chalkboard wall on the east-side. Beyond our creative endeavors we co-partnered a Farmers and Artisan Market in the spring of 2021, we engage with 4-H clubs in the creative arts., host bi-monthly local Lions Club Meetings, Woodbury Choir and Orchestra practice sessions, yoga, as well as weekly hosting of local elders' clubs.
Our Gallery is an interaction between art appreciation and community well-being. The creative works in the monthly art exhibitions are often discussed while bridge, dominos, jam sessions, writers' group or art classes are occurring. This interaction between art and social dialogue enriches lives and achieves attributes of our mission.
“This corporation is organized exclusively for the promotion of community integrative health, happiness, and well being; the integrative betterment of individual community members (children, teenagers, adults, and elders) in body, mind, and spirit; and the enhancement of the social fabric of our region's communities.”