In 2023, the Milan Village Arts School will celebrate 35 years of serving the Minnesotan arts community. This fall the main school building will undergo a $56,575 facilities upgrade, including new siding, insulation, windows, HVAC system, east tower foundations, and porch railings. 80% of the funding is from a Small Cities Grant and the remains 20% is funded by the school. The grant was secured with a $20,000 loan which the school hopes to pay down as quickly as possible.
Founded in 1988, the Milan Village Arts School has grown and ﬂourished in its rural, smalltown environment. Modeled after the rural folk schools of Norway, the school was initially established to promote the folk arts of the early Norwegian settlers while providing income for local artists. Over the last 34 years, the school has grown to include many other art forms as it strives to cater to the artistic needs of the community.
Our 108 year old rural schoolhouse provides a cozy and welcoming learning environment for our students while the old Milan school, which now serves as a vibrant community center, plays host to many of the arts school’s classes and artist studios.
MVAS is committed to providing a memorable learning experience for its students by combining the highest quality classes with the ﬁnest instructors in the best environment for learning.
The mission of the Milan Village Arts School is to engage people in the practice of traditional, contemporary and folk arts, fostering prosperity, community and culture in our region.