New York Mills Arts Retreat (dba Cultural Center)

A nonprofit organization

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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 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 spear 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 epic poem.
  • 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 community members share knowledge and skills.
  • 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: Historic beauty for rent and a piano available to play!
  • 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!

These are the kinds of things that folks like YOU make happen when you support the work of the Cultural Center. They are the beautiful means to a larger community purpose: to bring people of all ages, economic means, and cultures together to connect and enjoy the best of who we are and dream about who we might become.

During the current public health crisis and always, we are so grateful for your support. To learn more about how we are adapting to changes due to COVID-19, visit our website or find us on Facebook @ccnym.  THANK YOU!

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New York Mills Arts Retreat (dba Cultural Center)

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

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Significantly impacted by pandemic


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



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