The Rumriver Art Center is the perfect place to explore your creativity!
The mission of Rumriver Art Center (RRAC) is to make a difference through art by being a welcoming and inspiring environment for artists of all ages to explore their creative potential through our classes, collaborations, and partnerships with like-minded individuals in the North Metro. We recognize the individual potential of students and artists and explore through multiple art mediums their creativity, talents, passions, and spirit while igniting prospects for innovative and affordable artistic expression.
The art center began in 2009 as a small 500 sq. ft. studio and is now 5,000 sq. ft. with the addition of an art café and library, a ceramic studio, a larger multi-purpose studio, and four private artist studios in a historic milk factory along the Rum River. We opened a community art gallery in the fall of 2018 for local artists to showcase their work and have been organizing a community art fair in Ramsey each summer since 2016.
We reach over 10,000 students annually of a wide range of ages, ethnicities, abilities, and economic backgrounds offering the opportunity to grow artistically and creatively while building confidence and social skills. We started with a simple drawing class to now offering a full range of art mediums including wheel throwing pottery, hand-built pottery, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, polymer clay, mosaic art, acrylic pouring, pastels, mixed-media, photography, and more.
The art center offers programs for public and private educational institutions, summer art camps for youth, and art courses for homeschool families. We have a Vitality Arts program for older adults ages 55+ and a Senior Art-Reach program that brings artistic opportunities to seniors in local assisted/independent living facilities, senior centers and YMCAs.
The Rumriver Art Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and is 95% funded by people like you taking classes and making (tax-deductible) donations. The free virtual art classes we offer are free to participants but cost the art center money to provide to the community. There are a variety of costs involved: technology subscription fees, equipment costs, teaching artist wages, etc. In order to continue to offer these free virtual art classes, we need your support.
We also have additional recurring monthly expenses including rent and utilities. Your donation will help to cover the costs of our general operating expenses and will allow us to continue to be an arts resource for the community. Thanks for helping keep art alive!