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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Virtual Summer Camps 

Private Music Lessons 

Theatre Programs

Visual Arts

At this time the doors to the Valencia Arts Center, our brick and mortar home are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However our dedicated staff and faculty are working hard to bring the arts, routine, and community right into your living room (kitchen, bedroom, or garage). We hope that until we can meet again in-person that you will join us online. Click on the tabs below to explore our current programs and resources. Click on the tabs below to explore our current programs and resources.

July Online Camps & Classes At-a-Glance

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Summer Camp Descriptions

Journey Around the World

Journey around the world from the comfort of your home during this unique arts camp. Explore movement, customs, and create visual art inspired by Africa, Western Europe, India and Latin Heritage during this interactive camp. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 22-25
Time & Ages: 10-11am- Ages 6-9, 1-2pm- Ages 10-13
Instructor: Jessica Dienger
Location:  Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Virtual Junior Training Program for Dancers

Our popular Junior Training Program for Dancers has been moved online and is designed to help dancers ages 10+ stay conditioned and become a more well-rounded dancer this summer through daily classes. No auditions required but this intensive is recommended for dancers ages 10+ who have at least 3 years of ballet training. Click here for course descriptions, instructor bios and SDI Q & A.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Friday, July 6-24
Times: See below
Ages: 10+ years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger, Rachael Ryan, Tammy Schmidt & Guest Speakers
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $98 Learn More

Virtual Summer Dance Intensive

Intermediate and advanced dancers will thrive during this comprehensive 3-week program. Delivered live via Zoom, dancers will receive personal feedback in real-time. This program includes dance technique, conditioning and unique dance theory classes designed to inspire and build strong and resilient dancers. No auditions are required this summer but this intensive is designed for intermediate to advanced ballet dancers. Click here for course descriptions, instructor bios and SDI Q & A.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Friday, July 6-24
Times: See below
Ages: 12-25 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger, Avin Honecker-Sherman, Tammy Schmidt & Guest Speakers
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $272

Just Dance Camp

Hey movers and shakers, this week is for you! If you have always wanted to try dance or you are missing your time in the studio, here is your chance to move. Each day campers will learn about and try out different dance style including musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary.  No experience necessary.

Day/ Dates: M-Th, July 6-9
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 6-9 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45

Fairies & Giants Camp

Come journey into the land of make believe through movement, dramatic play, music exploration and art activities. Children will giggle as they stomp like giants and move to beautiful fairy music. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 13-16
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 3-7 years
Instructor: Rachael Ryan
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Minecraft & Hip Hop Camp

Bring your crafting off the screen and to life. During this week long adventure campers will learn cool hip hop moves and create artwork inspired by the popular video game, Minecraft. Campers do not need to have access to or experience with the game. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 20-23
Time: 2-3pm
Ages: 6-12 years
Instructor: Abbey Kline
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Young girl playing wrist bellsArts and (e)motion Camp

How does the color red make you feel? Does skipping make your happy? Can singing a song help calm you down? Sometimes it can be difficult to put your feelings into to words, but moving and creating art during this one week camp will help young campers express and discuss their emotions in a healthy and fun way. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 27-30
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 3-7 years
Instructor: Rachael Ryan
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)
 
Summer Theatre Opportunities

Our virtual theatre classes and performances have been keeping kids active, connected and creative during these challenging times. These classes provide a positive way to help young people learn to express themselves and explore the world around them while also building important life skills such as public speaking. Check out our exciting virtual theatre opportunities during July 2020.

Making a Music Video

Direct, film and star in your own music video set to your favorite song! Students in this class will learn the basics of editing software to bring their music video to life.

Devices needed: Computer (or iPad) for zoom meetings and editing, camera Materials needed: Filmora9 editing software free (for mac or windows) https://filmora.wondershare.com/video-editor/
**iMovie or windows movie maker are acceptable, but tutorial will be for filmora Day & Dates: Mondays, July 6-27 Time: 6:30-7:30pm Ages: 12-18
Instructor & Fee: Catherine Deysach, $32

Adventures in Acting: Musical Theatre Repertoire

Learn to perform your favorite musicals! Students will learn a song and choreography from a musical each week, choosing one to practice and perform at the end of the session. In addition to the weekly class, students will also be provided with one 15 minute private coaching session in preparation for the final recorded performance.

Device needed: Zoom compatible computer or tablet. Day & Dates: Saturdays, July 11-Aug. 1 Time: 10:45-11:30 (also includes a 15 minute private coaching session) Ages: 7-12 years
Instructor & Fee: 
Catherine Deysach, $32


Theatrical Make-up Class
Preparing for Performance Workshop

These three classes are a part of our 2020 Summer Dance Intensive but would be valuable to any artist aged 10+. These workshops will provide insight into preparing for a dance and theatrical productions. Our guest lecturers will provide interesting background on how dance costuming is designed and created, how theatrical makeup is designed and applied, as well as a discussion of utilizing dance performance psychology to create success and consistency onstage. Each virtual workshop has a hands-on component to keep students engaged.

Days/Dates: Wednesdays, July 8-22 Time: 4-5:15pm Fee: $27 (all 3 weeks) or $9 ea. Guest Speakers: Anastasia Goodwin (Saint Mary’s University of MN Costume Designer)- July 8, Daniel Klingler (Broadway make-up and wig professional and author of Everyday Make-up Secrets)- July 15, and Tammy Schmidt (MCA Director of Dance)- July 22View the impressive bios of our Guest Artists. Register for all three workshops and receive a small art kit and design templates for both costumes and make-up.

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Community Rocks- Community Building Initiative

 

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts invites community members to join in a unique community building initiative. Each week we will share  information about an important artist of color and or of an indigenous background and their approach to art. Participants will then use rocks as their canvas to create art inspired by that artist. To take the experience a little further, after each artist bio, MCA will offer a series of questions about identity and art that can be discussed within families and or on a Facebook Page created just for this project to help promote unity and understanding. To cap each week of learning, creating, and discussion off the communit

y is asked to place the rock they created out into the community for a lucky passerby to find. Two optional Zoom sessions will be held for participants to learn about the project, different art techniques and have meaningful community conversations. This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required to receive weekly updates via email and Zoom session links.

Our world and community is in crisis between the continued fight for justice for George Floyd and equality for all and due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We know from both scientific research and experience that art binds. Art brings people together physically—at galleries, classes, museums, performance spaces—and culturally, through its capacity to tell a community’s shared story, to inspire reflection, and form connections that transcend differences. Though we may be unable to gather together physically at this time we hope that this project will help facilitate important conversations within families and our community while also encouraging families and community members to explore art, artists, and the area around us as they create and then disperse rocks for others to stumble upon and through a Community Rocks Facebook group page.

Participants will receive tips and ideas on where to find rocks and what materials to use, but in case you want a little help we have created awesome “Just Add Rocks Kits” that include supplies that can be used by the whole family. Each kit contains acrylic paints, paint brushes, sharpies, Q-tips, mod podge, instruction packet

, and more. Kits are $25 and include free delivery or pick-up in Winona.

Class Details:

Dates: Self-paced program, July 9-Aug. 29, Optional Zoom Meetings, July 16 at 6pm and one TBD in August, optional participation on program Facebook Group.

Ages: All ages are invited to participate, when registering families only need to register one family member.

Materials & technology needed: Rocks & decorating materials. To participate in optional live Zoom session internet and a wi-fi enabled device required. Weekly lesson plans will be shared through email. If this is a barrier please contact MCA and we will provide a hard copy of the plans.

Fee: Free, but registration required, Optional “Just add Rocks Kit” multi-person kits can be purchased for $25 (after registration an email with kit purchase info will be sent out)

Don’t live in Winona?

No problem, we would love for families or other communities to join us. Participants outside of Winona will still be invited to share on our Facebook Group and or Zoom calls, the weekly content, art instruction, and conversation prompts are not specific to Winona. However, some of the conversation and rock hiding location discussions are intended to be. Want to bring this to your group or community? We would be happy to design a program for you. For more information please contact Jamie Schwaba at jschwaba@smumn.edu.

Online Private Music Lessons

student playing piano

We are excited to announce that we have shifted to offering private music lessons online and we are now accepting online registration for new students for most instruments. Now is the time to finally spend a little time with that piano that's been sadly sitting quietly in the corner or guitar that has been collecting dust in your basement! 

As with in-person lessons you may purchase lessons in a 4, 8, or 12 lesson package (ranging from $17-$19 per 30 minute lesson). We will be happy to shift lessons to in-person lessons once we can safely do so. No fees are paid until we connect you with an instructor. Learn more about MCA private lessons and instructors.

What you need need at your house to have a successful online lesson:

  • your instrument
  • a device with a camera and microphone (internal microphone should be fine unless you need to be far away from your device to be at your instrument.
  • optional: headphones or external speaker  
  • a wired connection (most reliable) or a strong wireless signal (around 1.5 Mbps for upload speed).  A 4G connection traditionally works as well.

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Creative Aging - Art Programs for 55+

MCA is so excited to be partnering with the Winona Friendship Center and continuing to offer unique programs geared towards adults ages 55+. Each participant will get a package of supplies to create with over the 4-week period. Registrations can expect to learn new artistic techniques, be encouraged to set aside time to be creative, and feel more connected to others during this challenging time. Classes will be delivered via Zoom. Please see the description below for class details.

Creating Winona with Oil Pastels

We know you love Winona, so now is your chance to create mini-pictures of your favorite spots such as Sugar Loaf and the Winona Bridge. You will learn how to play with color, blending, and design during this one-of-a-kind virtual class.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, 1-2pm

Ages: 55+

Cost: $24 non-members, $22 for Winona Friendship Center Members, (includes all art supplies including a set of oil pastels, art paper, drawing pencil, paint pen, and more, & Winona Delivery or pick-up, Kits can be mailed in the US for an additional $10)*

Instructor: L. Douglas

Location: Online presented in real-time via Zoom (participants just need an internet connection and a device with the free version of Zoom downloaded) 

 
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from MSAB thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. Need based scholarships are available. 
 
 
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Partnership with Caledonia Public Library for Houston County Residents

Virtual Arts for All Houston County Residents 

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to announce a second session of virtual programming for both youth and adults in collaboration with Caledonia Public Library and Mainspring. These programs will run through out July and August. Due to COVID-19, this collaborative group had to cancel in-person creative classes previously scheduled for spring and summer 2020. However, thanks to the dedication of funders and partners, we are excited to bring virtual creative and cultural classes to you at home! All of these events are FREE to Houston County residents, but registration is required.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

 
Houston County Youth Art Club: Exploring Birds
Do you love to paint, draw, & sculpt? Youth ages 5-10 are invited to flex their creativity muscles while creating and connecting with others virtually. Each week you will explore new artistic materials and concepts. This session will focus on sculpting and drawing techniques.
 

Each participant will receive their very own home art kit including model magic, colored pencils, DIY binoculars, and more. Pre-packaged materials for this class will be provided for free, thanks to our funders. Once registered, you will receive an email with details for curbside pick-up or delivery. Registrants also receive a series of short downloadable youth yoga classes and Houston County Activity Book created by Mainspring.

 
Day/Date: Wednesdays, July 8-August 12
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 5-10
Fee: FREE for Houston County Residents, but registration required
Instructors: Lisa Douglas
 
Houston County Storytime
Join the Caledonia Public Library and Instructors from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) of Winona during this special story time just for Houston County residents. Miss Jess will introduce fun dance and music based activities and read a special story each week that will invite young children and their families to be active and creative along with familiar faces while also practicing social distancing.

Registrants also receive a series of short downloadable youth yoga classes and Houston County Activity Book created by Mainspring.

 
Day and Dates: Tuesdays, July 7- Aug. 11
Time: 10- 10:30 am
Ages: geared towards ages 0- 6 years
Fee: FREE for Houston County Residents, but registration required
 
Houston County Adult Art Class: Doodling and Beyond
Join together with other Houston County residents virtually each week for a live and interactive art class. Students explore using shapes, lines and patterns to create artwork and even relax your mind. Students will receive an at-home art kit to help them explore doodling and drawing techniques on fun surfaces including bookmarks and postcards using fun materials such as gel pens and sharpies.
 
Pre-packaged materials for this class will be provided for free, thanks to our funders. Once registered, you will receive an email with details for curbside pick-up or delivery. Each registered participant will also receive access to a series of short adult mindful stretching and chair yoga videos created by Mainspring to enjoy at home.
 
Day and Dates: Fridays, July 10- Aug.14
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Ages: Adults
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Fee: FREE for Houston County residents, but registration required
 
This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.
Elder Network & MCA Partnership

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is thrilled to be partnering with Elder Network to offer an art workshop suitable for all family members, care givers, and care receivers to spend an hour together in their home creatively. This Intentional Doodling class will be interactive and run live through ZOOM. During this session students will explore using shapes, lines, and patterns to create artwork and even relax the mind. 

When: July 14, 2020

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Online via ZOOM.

Instructor: Lisa Douglas

Fee: Free

To Register: Please RSVP to Barb at Elder Network, 507-452-0580 or barbp@elder-network.org, Open to all Winona County Residents.

About Elder Network: 

Elder Network was founded in 1988 in Rochester Minnesota. Their mission is “Individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have an optimal qu

ality of life.” As a are a local 501c3 nonprofit, they serve primarily three counties in Southeast Minnesota; Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona. However, their educational offerings and support groups are open to anyone that would like to attend. Elder Network has developed seven non-medical programs that support seniors and their caregivers. We are a well-respected organization providing non-medical elder care which isn’t provided by other organizations doing similar services. They are proud that to network with other organizations so that we are able to support seniors and their caregivers through service or referral. Elder Network's outreach extends to all regardless of elder traditions, cultures or religions. These programs include Senior Advocacy, Education & Support, Companion Services, Respite Care In-Home, Peer Support, Friendly Visitors, and Transportation.

 

 

Virtual Performances

Don't miss viewing these special premiere's in real time on both our MCA  Facebook Page or You Tube Channel.

May 29, 6:30pm: MCA Music Division Concert

June 5th: The Show Must Go Online- Virtual Musical featuring 18 Winona area youth. 

MCA Moments & Dance Stay Strong Videos

We have created two playlist to help you and your family get through COVID-19 and even come out stronger and smarter.

MCA Moments- are music, theatre, dance, and visual arts activities that will fill your creative tool box full of arts tips, tricks, and boredom busters.

Dancers Stay Strong- Since you can't get to the studio, we are bringing dance to you... here we are sharing dance combinations, movement games and conditioning exercises to help you burn off energy stay strong and learn.

Exclusive MCA Community Facebook Page

This group is for current (within 1 year) MCA students and their families. During the COVID-19 outbreak we plan to use this group to help us share and create together and inspire each other on a daily basis. 

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EXPLORE THE ARTS

MUSIC | THEATRE | DANCE | VISUAL ARTS

For all ages!

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is incredible! My children have truly enjoyed being part of the dance-arts community at MCA.  The instructors are skilled artists whose passion shows through as they deliver a developmentally-appropriate curriculum in a child-centered and caring way.  All families and community members are always welcome at MCA and encouraged to be part of the arts in Winona. Thank you MCA and MCA staff and volunteers.

Kristina

MCA Parent

The MCA combos help me step out of my comfort zone and be with people outside my school.  And I got to play a new instrument. There is no pressure to be awesome, just do the best you can.

Hannah

Jazz Combo Student

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!

Lucy

8 Year-old Student

Will You Mold, Paint or Doodle this Month?

Will You Mold, Paint or Doodle this Month?

Why not set aside a little time to flex your creativity muscles this month? We have virtual classes for kids and adults and we even have self paced community wide art project for the whole family. So register now and get ready to explore with new materials and connect with others. Here is the run down of our July 2020 Art Division classes:

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Art Workshop in Partnership with Elder Network

Art Workshop in Partnership with Elder Network

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with Elder Network to offer an art workshop suitable for all family members, care givers, and care receivers to spend an hour together in their home creatively. This Intentional Doodling class will be interactive and run live through ZOOM. During this session students will explore using shapes, lines, and patterns to create artwork and even relax the mind.

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Opportunities for Aspiring Actors

Opportunities for Aspiring Actors

Our virtual theatre classes ans performances have been keeping kids active, connected and creative during these challenging times. These classes provide a positive way to help young people learn to express themselves and explore the world around them while also building important life skills such as public speaking. Check out our exciting virtual theatre opportunities during July 2020.

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Unique Workshops for Performing Artists

Unique Workshops for Performing Artists

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts has always incorporated theory classes within it’s summer dance intensive trainings to help offer a well-rounded dance experience, however in the past it has always been an exclusive opportunity only for intensive participants. Thanks to the virtual format this year we are so excited that we are able to open these workshops to a wider community of performing artists and or those interested in careers related to dance who might want to learn from and interact with an amazing roster of national specialists. July 6-24, 2020 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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LOCATION & CONTACT

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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HOURS

All in-person MCA programs and performances are cancelled through May 8, 2020 in a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phone calls and emails will be responded to during this time.

 

 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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