Special Events

Art Schmooze with River Arts Alliance, Sandbar Storytelling Festival, and WAC

Friday / October 6, 2023 / 5:00-7:00pm

Please join us at the Winona Arts Center as we host the October Art Schmooze with River Arts Alliance (RAA) and the Sandbar Storytelling Festival. It’s a swell opportunity to learn more about RAA, the WAC, and the Storytelling Festival. All this and some great refreshments to boot! It will be the place to be - join us! This event is free and open to the public.

Art Schmooze graphic with RAA, SSF, and WAC's logos.
Photo from above of Sharon Mansur walking on a trail.

tracings: dance film screening and community sharing

created by Sharon Mansur; presented in partnership with the Frozen River Film Festival

Saturday / October 7, 2023 / 2:00-4:00pm

Join Winona based dance/interdisciplinary artist Sharon Mansur and guests for “tracings: dance film screening and community sharing".

This informal event will feature the premiere of tracings, a dance film created by Sharon Mansur in collaboration with Sydney Swanson, director of photography. 

Also enjoy a sneak peak into the tracings: creative walking project’s process with Mansur, Swanson and Community Partner Alexa Shapiro from the Winona Outdoor Collaborative. Marty Walsh with the Minnesota Driftless Hiking Trail will also be there to discuss an exciting initiative to create a 100-mile footpath across southeastern Minnesota

Free admission, open to all ages, no reservations needed. For more info or accommodation requests: [email protected].

This event is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation. The development of Mansur’s tracings: creative walking project has also been generously supported by residencies at Lanesboro Arts and the YES! House.

Fall Free Ink Day

Saturday / October 14, 2023 / 10:00am-2:00pm

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year and here’s an opportunity to make some art reflecting the season. Come and learn to make monoprints on the printing press, using the vibrant colors of fall and materials from nature as well. No experience is necessary and the Arts Center will provide all supplies. Drop in anytime between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  

This event is made possible through a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation. For more information contact your host, Jen Benson at [email protected].

Photo of people at a past Free Ink Day event.

Open Studio Hosts an Open House

Thursday / October 26, 2023 / 5:00-8:00pm

Please join us for an Open House with Wine and Cheese to introduce the Riverbed Press Open Studio. The Open Studio provides a unique space for people of all artistic abilities to create and design monoprints and relief prints using the printing press and offers space for people to work on their own art projects. 

Come down and have a refreshment, learn how to make a monoprint and make one to take home! This event is free and hosted by Jen Benson. For more information, contact Jen at [email protected].

Poster for Estro-Jam sessions.

Estro-Jam Sessions at the Winona Arts Center

2nd and 4th Sundays / 4:00pm-6:00pm

Starting April 23, 2023

Women of all ages are invited to join in the Estro-Jam sessions on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 4 pm to 6 pm in the gallery of the Winona Arts Center. Bring your instrument and gather with other musicians for some spontaneous musical collaboration. For more information, contact Kristen Young at [email protected].

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.