Classes & ProgramsFamily Programs
With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have multi-age classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.
My Grown up & Me
Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.
Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Aug. 28- Oct. 30
Time: 6:00- 6:30 pm
Age: 18 months -3 years by 08/01/18
Fee: $70 (10 classes)
Instructor: R. Racki
In this intergenerational workshop older adults and youth ages 7-12 will be invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. A culminating exhibit will take place to showcase final projects.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm , Exhibit at MCA
Location: Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. Winona, MN 55987
Ages: Adults 55+ years, this workshop also welcomes kids ages 7-12 to register for an opportunity to hone their arts kills and interact with a different generation.
Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt
Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.
Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.
Family Arts Academy
Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.
Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free
Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Scooby Doo, Sherlock and Detective You- June 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Minecraft Mainia (back by popular demand!)- July 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Keeping the Beat- Aug 7th, 5:30-6:30pm, Free
Parents! Come learn how to teach your little one the guitar and have fun doing it. Geared for parents with children ages 4-6 years old, The Suzuki Guitar Method is based on the way a child acquires language. Besides instilling the gift of music, it is also an opportunity to bond with your child while teaching socialization skills, patience, persistence, community, respect, problem solving, and joyful participation. Our instructor, Kerry Klungtvedt, is a nationally registered Suzuki Teacher with many years of experience. This program is comprised of a mix of parent only, parent & child, group and private lessons. For this exciting pilot program participation is very limited but guitars will be issued to both parents and children to use throughout the program.
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 28-March 25
Time: class 10:00am-10:30am, lesson scheduled directly prior or after
Age: 4-6 years old with a parent or guardian
Instructor: K. Klungtvedt
Price: $189 (include guitar rental for both adult and child guitar)
On Wed. August 22, 4-7pm MCA will hold it’s Fall Open House. The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes, learn about our National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter, explore an instrument petting zoo and enter prize drawings. Lucky families could win a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, a pass to Winona’s Indoor Park The Playground, tickets to a Page Series show, or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.
In addition to the Open House, Dancers ages 5+ are invited to register for a Pre- Audition Nutcracker Audition Workshop during this time frame.
Thinking of auditioning for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company’s 2018 Production of The Nutcracker, but you are not sure what to expect in an audition? Attend one of our pre-audition workshops on Aug. 22 to help you get comfortable in this unique setting, and learn a short dance combination in a mock audition while learning both audition fundamentals and etiquette. For advanced dancers, this workshop is an opportunity to get back into the studio prior to audition day.
On Wednesday, August 8, 5:30-6:30pm the community is invited to an open house, where they can meet and greet the artists and walk though Galleria Valencia inside Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona) to view completed projects created during the Multi-generational Collage class.