New York Mills Arts Retreat (dba Cultural Center)

A nonprofit organization

82 donors

We are a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts in rural Minnesota.

We believe strongly in the value of arts, culture and creativity in building a stronger community. Our vision is to connect people to artists and rich cultural experiences in rural Minnesota, celebrating the local and being a window to the world.

We offer everyone intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, visual art gallery in a historic main street building, gift shop featuring local artists and makers, artist residency program, sculpture park, and learning opportunities for all. 

Some of our programs include:

  • Great American Think-Off: Regular folks debating the great philosophical questions annually since 1993.
  • Fish House Festival: Bringing artist-made, one-of-a-kind ice-fishing houses and decoys to the masses enjoying the NYM Summer Celebration each July.
  • Kalevala Puppet Pageant: Kids and parents creating and becoming larger-than-life puppets in our annual large-scale street theater show telling stories from Finland's national book of legends.
  • Longest Night Music Festival: Community members gathering to celebrate local musicians each year on the Winter Solstice.
  • Live Music: High quality musicians play everything from folk to jazz to classical to bluegrass year-round in our intimate listening room space.
  • Literature: Variety of book events and poetry readings, such as from the late great MN poet Bill Holm.
  • Arts Learning: Educational opportunities for all ages where local and visiting artists share knowledge and skills, both in our space and out in the community (schools, senior care facilities, organizations for individuals with disabilities, etc.).
  • Recurring Classes: Ballet, music, yoga, fiber arts and more for all ages.
  • Visual Arts: A beautiful gallery and studio space in our 1885 two-story brick building featuring art by artists from our region, state, and beyond.
  • Community Space: Free WiFi, historic beauty and relaxing space to visit or rent for private events. 
  • Artist/Gallery Gift Shop: A wonderful gift shop featuring the work of over 100 regional artists, iittala (Finnish glassware), books, local foods and more!
  • Art in Your Park: Summer art activities for kids in local parks - embracing art, community and the great outdoors!

In all that we do, we are guided by our core values, including hospitality, drawing sustenance from the local, an expansive understanding of the arts, community, and inclusivity. 

We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and compassion in our rural place. We unequivocally condemn intolerance, racism, and all forms of hatred. We seek to listen and learn, and to amplify the voices of the under- and mis-represented. We approach this work with optimism, courage, and humility, knowing that we will make mistakes, learn, and adapt along the way.

YOUR support brings these ideals and programs to life. As we continue to adapt and be flexible through the pandemic, we are especially grateful for your support. To learn more about our work, visit our website kulcher.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter @ccnym, and on Instagram @nymkulcher.  THANK YOU!

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Organization name

New York Mills Arts Retreat (dba Cultural Center)

Tax id (EIN)

41-1690163

Categories

Arts & Culture Education Children & Family Community Economic Development Volunteer Travel

Address

24 Main Avenue North PO Box 246
New York Mills, MN 56567

Phone

218-385-3339

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