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MUSIC | THEATRE | DANCE | VISUAL ARTS

For all ages!

We are living in strange and unpredictable times, however we want to assure you that no matter what MCA will be here for you to provide arts opportunities to help get through these time both mentally and physically. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the doors to the Valencia Arts Center, our brick and mortar home have been closed since March 16th. However our dedicated staff and faculty have been working hard to bring the arts, routine, and community right into your living room (kitchen, bedroom, or garage). This Fall we will have a variety of offerings ranging from in-person at Valencia Arts Center, in-person outside, self-paced low and no tech experiences, and virtual classes. Starting August 24th we will begin phase one of returning to in-person classes. Students participating in in-person classes will be required to follow our strict COVID Code of Conduct. Please click on the tabs below to explore our current programs and resources.

At-a-glance MCA Programs Nov. 22- Jan. 23

Virtual Theatre Programs

MCA Musical Revue

Calling all middle -high school singers. This is your opportunity to participate in a unique collaborative musical and theatrical experience. Over the course of 6 weeks you will participate in rehearsals that will include vocal & theatrical exercises, brainstorming sessions, discussion on how to find intent in a song, building character and physical expression in relation to musical tone. In collaboration with other students and the instructor to form a song list and devise a script for the final performance. Prior to the first rehearsal you will receive a welcome video with instructions and access to Google accompaniment file and you will be asked to record a range check video and submit before first rehearsal. You will participate in group sessions and a private coaching with the Director. 

 Rehearsals:12/4, 12/18, 1/8, Private Coaching the week of 1/9-13

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Online Premiere: 1/22/21, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Ages: 5th-12th grade

Director: Lindsy O'Shea

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $59

Registration Notes: Cast will be limited to 12 Singers, no auditions required, but MCA private voice students will have access to early registration (through Oct. 28th).

Spotlight Players

Fight off the winter doldrums and get ready to step into the spotlight while staring in a virtual play. Young actors have the opportunity to perform in an original play written by Saint Mary’s University Alumni, Daniel Collette. Additionally, you will also learn fun acting warm-ups, games, and performance techniques that every actor should know.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, Jan.7- Feb. 4th, Private Coaching the week of Feb. 8

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (time may vary a bit depending on role assigned)

Online Premiere: 2/20/21, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Ages: 2nd-5th grade

Director: Ahnika Lexvold

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $59

Stay Strong Online Dance Session (Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Stay Strong Dance Online Classes

Nutcracker Adventure Kit

Day & Dates: Available Dec. 1- 20

Ages: Recommended 4+

Instructor: Self-Paced 

Fees: $10 (includes at-home Nutcracker themed art kit, dancing scarf & video access to pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 6-9)

Day & Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time: 3-3:45 PM

Ages: 6-9 years

Instructor: Carter Full

Fees: Online: $21 (4 weeks,  3 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of hip hop and ballet classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Musical Theatre (Ages 10+)

Day & Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time: 4-5 PM

Ages: 10+ 

Instructor: Carter Full

Fees: Online: $28 (4 weeks,  4 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of hip hop and ballet classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Ballet IIB/III

Day & Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time: 5:45-7 PM

Instructor: Rachael Ryan

Fees: Online: $40 (4 weeks, 5 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of Ballet classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Ballet Technique for Levels IV-VII

Day & Dates: 

Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Thursdays Dec. 10, 17, Jan. 7 & 14

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Instructors: Tammy Schmidt, Jessica Dienger & Rachael Ryan

Fees: Online: $96 (4 weeks, 12 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of ballet classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Pointe Barre

Day & Dates: Thursdays Dec. 10, 17, Jan. 7 & 14

Time: 5:45-6:45 PM

Instructor: Tammy Schmidt

Fees: Online: $32 (4 weeks, 4 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of pointe classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Int./Adv. Contemporary

Day & Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time: 5:45-6:45 PM

Instructor: Jessica Dienger 

Fees: Online: $32 (4 weeks, 4 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of contemporary classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Tap Jam -TBA

Day & Dates: Access to on-demand tap videos for a week, Live Zoom on Friday, Dec. 18

Time/level/age:

Tap for Kids, 4:15-4:45 pm (ages 5-7)
Tap I, 5:00-5:30 pm (ages 8+, less than 3 years of tap experience)
Tap II and II-III, 5:45-6:30 pm (10+, and or 3-5 years tap experience)
Tap III, IV, V, 6:45-7:45 pm (approx. ages 12+ and or 5+ years of tap experience)

Instructors: Carter Full, Nathan Graff, Christine Martin, and Justine Meinke

Ages: 5+

Fees: Freewill Donations Accepted

2020 Holiday Tap Jam

MCA Holiday Tap Jam

Calling all tappers! Our Annual Tap Jam is going virtual. Tap students ages 5 and older are invited to participate in this fun-filled Holiday Tap Jam. This jam is open to tappers everywhere. Participants will be given access to a video to learn a short tap warm-up and combination during the week leading up and will receive a little goody bag to enhance the Zoom session (accessible for pick-up in Winona only, a list of items will be given to non-local students). The live Zoom celebration will include games, sharing, and conversation. For the live online session, students will just need a little space (safe to tap, such as a tap board*), tap shoes, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise families can choose to not share their image.

Day/Date:  Video access 1 week prior, Zoom on Friday, Dec. 18 (see time listed below)

Levels/Ages/Zoom Time:

Tap for Kids, 4:15-4:45 pm (ages 5-7)
Tap I, 5:00-5:30 pm (ages 8+, less than 3 years of tap experience)
Tap II and II-III, 5:45-6:30 pm (10+, and or 3-5 years tap experience)
Tap III, IV, V, 6:45-7:45 pm (approx. ages 12+ and or 5+ years of tap experience)

Instructors: Carter Full, Nathan Graff, Christine Martin, and Justine Meinke

Cost: Freewill Donations Accepted

*Tap boards available for rental and purchase. Tap shoe rental available for free though tap shoe lending program, contact the MCA office for more information at: mca@smumn.edu

Holiday Caroling (In-person Outside)

Caroling

It’s not the holidays without a little caroling, Whether you are 10 or 110 you are invited to join us in song. During this casual event we will gather outside in song to sing through a list of holiday favorites (song booklet provided prior). Singers of all ages and experience levels are invited and should dress for the weather, as well as be prepared to sing while wearing a mask and observing social distancing guidelines. 

Day/ Dates: Saturday, December, 19

Location: TBA

Time: 3-4 PM

Age: All Ages & Abilities welcome

Directors: Lindsy and Patrick O’Shea

Fees: No fee to participate

Winter In-person Dance Classes with Online Option At-a-Glance

Winter 2021 In-studio Classes with Online Option

Full descriptions and fees can be found on under the dance division page. Students enrolling in in-person classes should familiarize themselves with the MCA COVID Code of Conduct. Enrollment for in-person classes is very limited due to COVID mitigation measures, registration will open in mid-late November.

In-person dance classes with online option: Jan. 25-Apr. 24

(No Classes: Thursday, Apr. 1 through Easter Sunday, Apr. 4)

Mondays

4:45-6:45 PM  Ballet V and Ballet VI/VII

7-8:15 PM Tap III/IV/V

Tuesdays

4:15-5:15 PM  Tap II

4:45-6 PM Ballet IV

6:15-7:30 PM Modern III/IV/V

Wednesdays

4:45-6:30 PM Ballet V and Ballet VI/VII

6:45-7:45 PM Pointe Technique group 1

6:45-7:45 PM Beg/Int Contemporary Dance (Ages 10+)

Thursdays

4:45-6:15 PM Ballet V and Ballet VI/VII

6:30-7:30 PM Pointe Technique group 2

6:30-7:45 PM  Ballet IIB and III

Fridays

4:45-6:15 PM Ballet IV

4:45-6:15 PM Int/Adv Contemporary Dance Section 3

6:30-7:45 PM Jazz III/IV

Saturdays

10-11:15 AM Int/Adv Contemporary Dance Section 1

11:30 AM-12:45 PM Tap III/IV/V

1-2:30 PM Int/Adv Contemporary Dance Section 2

Discounts: Dedicated Artist, University Student Discount, Adult Fitness Passes, & Scholarships available.

Virtual Art Classes

Visual Art Classes

Nutcracker Adventure Kit

You can still celebrate Nutcracker Season through dance and art this year with our at-home Nutcracker Adventure Kit. This fun kit comes complete with a 5” wood nutcracker for you to paint, 6 colors of paint, a paint brush, dancing scarf, MCA nutcracker activity book, and access to a pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime. 

Day & Dates: Kit’s available Dec. 1- 20

Ages: Recommended 4+

Instructor: Self-Paced 

Fees: $12 (includes at-home Nutcracker themed art kit, dancing scarf & video access to pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Winter Inspirations (Ages 7+)

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include shrinky dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine pointe sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays,Nov. 16-Dec. 7 

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Age: 7+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: $49 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

Let it Snow (Ages 55+)

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include Shrinky Dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine point sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7

Time: 2-3 PM

Age: 55+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: $24* (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

Doodle Club (Ages 13+)

Wednesdays 7:30-8 PM

Dates: Sept. 5- Dec. 16

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: Free (students will need a pen (preferably a thin felt tip pen or marker), pencil, eraser, paper, and a round object for tracing such as a canning lid or tuna can.)

MCA's Unique Art Kits

Hours of Art Kit

This inclusive kit has everything you need to get started creating on your own. If you want a want to dive a little deeper you can access previously recorded MCA art lessons to learn about blending and creating with oil pastels, how to sculpt a bird out of model magic, perspective drawing, colored pencil techniques, doodling word art and more. This kit is perfect for all ages, but is a perfect addition to a homeschooling curriculum.

What's included (colors or brands may vary):oil pastels, colored pencils, masking tape, pencil sharpener, ebony pencil, fine tipped sharpie, white multi-media art paper, colored construction paper, 2 packs of 1 oz. model magic, link for access to pre-recorded MCA classes

Dates: Available Aug. 24- Dec. 15 (self-paced)

Instructors: access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes

Fees:  $25 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

MCA Doodle Kit

Take your doodling to the next level with this handy Doodl

e Kit. This kit is perfect for use during MCA's Doodle Club, virtual classes or instruction videos online.

What's included (colors or brands may vary): White, Silver, and Gold Gelly Roll Pens, blending stump (tortillion), Ebony Pencil, 12 colored pencils, pencil sharpener,12 Artist Tiles, 12 Black Bookmarks and extra fine point sharpie inside of a zippered pouch.

Dates: Available October 20- May 31 (self-paced)

Fees:  $19 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Nutcracker Adventure Kit

You can still celebrate Nutcracker Season through dance and art this year with our at-home Nutcracker Adventure Kit. This fun kit comes complete with a 5” wood nutcracker for you to paint, 6 colors of paint, a paint brush, dancing scarf, MCA nutcracker activity book, and access to a pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime. 

Day & Dates: Kit’s available Dec. 1- 20

Ages: Recommended 4+

Instructor: Self-Paced 

Fees: $12 (includes at-home Nutcracker themed art kit, dancing scarf & video access to pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

MCA Mystery Art Kit

Sick of hearing “I’m Bored”?  We have just the cure… our MCA Mystery Art Kits will inspire and provide hours of unplugged entertainment. No two kits are the same and they are designed with the student’s age  in mind. Each unique kit will contain:

  •  One set of coloring supplies such as oil pastels, colored pencils, paint, watercolor pencils, crayons or markers
  • One binding material such as elmer’s glue, mod podge, glue stick, or masking tape
  • A variety of surfaces to create on such as a postcard,s book marks, artist paper, exclusive coloring pages created by MCA staff,  and or construction paper.
  • A Challenge guide created by MCA art faculty to help spark the artist within
  • Other surprise items such as model magic, stickers, DIY masks, or props
  • Links to previously recorded MCA visual art classes  (if you have purchased a kit, here is the link to the password protected special access site.)
  • Invitation to share photos of your creations to be featured on MCA's social media

Dates: Self-paced, Aug. 1- Dec. 15 for no contact delivery or pick-up in Winona or shipped anywhere in the US for extra $12 per kit.

Cost: $24 per kit, available

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.

Register Now!  

 

Virtual Performances

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

Nov. 7, 10am: Playful Postcards Virtual Gallery and Artist Celebration

Dec. 5, 6pm: MCA Virtual Fall Music Division Concert

Jan. 21, 6pm: MCA Virtual Musical Review

Feb. 20, 6pm: Spotlight Players Production

 

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. The class will be interactive and run live through ZOOM.  Participants will be encouraged to get lost in the moment and enjoy playing with color and shapes.

When & Topic: Second Tuesday of the Month. Oct. 13: Drawing Faceted Gemstones with Colored Pencils, Nov. 10: Doodle Designs for Bookmarks, and Dec. 8: Hand Lettering Hour 

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Online via ZOOM.

Instructor: Lisa Douglas

Fee: Free (suggested supplies include ad set of at least 12 colored pencils, a felt tip black pen and pencil)

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 quality 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.

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. 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.

 

Surprise Art Program

Houston County Youth are invited to flex their creativity muscles during this unique 8-week art program. Each participant will get an art kit featuring all of the ingredients they need to design weekly surprise art projects. From creating on wooden coasters and postcards and constructing with model magic and yarn students will love the opportunity to explore with a variety of materials and learn new art techniques and terminology. This flexible program invites students to participate in a way that works best for them and their families.

Ways to participate:

  • Live Zoom Class- create in real-time over Zoom with other Houston Co. Youth on Wednesdays, Sept. 30-Nov. 18, 4-5pm.
  • Recorded Class- watch & create along with recordings of classes posted within a week after the live class.
  • Unplugged- Each week you will receive an email with a project sheet that lists materials and directions for an art activity to complete using the kit provided.

Ages: 7-12

Fee: FREE for Houston County Residents, but registration required (it is ideal if students have a set of washable markers & scissors) 

Instructor: Lisa Douglas of Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Houston County Art in a Box: Playful Postcards

It's time to get creative and have a little fun sending and receiving colorful postcards. Each student will receive a special art kit to keep that includes everything you need to get started including blank postcards, stamps, colored pencils, dual tip markers, and weekly lesson plans. All you will be asked to do is to explore a new art technique then create and send a postcard each week to a Houston area classmate. 

Day/Dates: Self-paced weekly project, Sept. 30- Nov. 18

Ages: Ages 13+

Cost: FREE for Houston County Residents, but registration required

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

 
This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.
Creative Aging - Art Programs for 55+

Let it Snow

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include Shrinky Dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine point sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7

Time: 2-3 PM

Age: 55+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees: $24* (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

 
 

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Homeschooling/ At-Home Learning Resources

We realize that the world has turned upside down over the past few months and that many more families will be homeschooling or virtual schooling during 2020. As always we will be here to help provide arts education to the community, including daytime options for homeschoolers. Thank you to everyone who filled out our online surveys in August. We hope that you are excited about the daytime, self-paced and evening offerings that we are offering this Fall that can help you meet your learning at home needs. On August 22 we hosted a Homeschool Q & A session via Zoom, please click here to view the recording. If you have ideas for desired programs please feel free to email them to: mca@smumn.edu.

MCA Fall 2020 Programs before 3pm:

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Make Your Mark- Virtual Visual Art class, Sept. 18-Oct. 23: Fridays- 1-1:45 PM (ages 6-9) &  2-3 PM (ages 10+)

You've Got Mail- Self-paced postcard exchange, Oct. 8- Nov. 28, Ages 6-18

Beginning Hip Hop- Virtual Dance Class. Sept. 15- Nov. 18: Tuesdays- 1-145 PM (ages 6+)

Hip Hop I/II- Virtual Dance Class. Sept. 15- Nov. 18: Tuesdays- 2-2:45 PM (ages 10+)

Private Music Lessons- Virtual (anytime) or in-person (after Sept. 21)- Arranged at a time convenient for student & instructor (all ages)

Self-Paced Art Kits- Explore MCA's 4 unique Art Kits. Mystery Art Kit & Hours of Art Kit & On-Demand Classes- all kits available while supplies last.

On-Demand Tap Units- These pre-recorded tap classes for Intermediate (MCA Tap II Level) and Advanced (MCA Tap Levels III-V) provide challenging and fun warm-ups, technique instruction and combinations that can be executed at home. MCA has tap shoes and tap boards that can be checked out to local students as well as tap boards that can be purchased.

 

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. 

Request to Join

 

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

Virtual Gallery Walk and Artist Celebration

Virtual Gallery Walk and Artist Celebration

On Saturday, November 7 at 10am the community is invited to join Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) and the artists of Playful Postcards: Artist Study for a Virtual Gallery Walk and Artist Celebration via Zoom. This event will highlight the work of eight talented community artists who participated in MCA’s Playful Postcards: Artist Study class throughout September and October. 

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MCA Virtual Music Division Concert

MCA Virtual Music Division Concert

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites you to join us on Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 pm on our  Facebook Page or You Tube Channel as we premiere our first ever virtual Music Division Concert. The concert will feature instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and experience levels who participate in private music lessons. A couple of MCA instructors may even perform. We miss hearing the hallways of the Valencia Arts Center filled with the beautiful music from our students and faculty but we are happy that that our students are still growing as musicians and that we can still hear and celebrate our students in this unique way.

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Art is for Everyone!

Art is for Everyone!

At Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) we believe that art is for everyone. Regardless of race, gender, age, ability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or economic circumstances everyone deserves access to arts education and experiences. Now thanks to the City of Winona Creative Laureate, Sarah Johnson a door on our bricks and mortar home, the Valencia Arts Center has a splash of color and reminds those passing by that “Art is for Everyone”. This public art project is part of the #Winonacolorproject intended to create more vibrant, welcoming spaces in the Winona community. This project was made possible by the Winona Fine Arts Commission and the Winona Community Foundation

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Who Doesn’t Love Mail?

Who Doesn’t Love Mail?

Do you know a child aged 6-18 who would love to get mail? Do they need an excuse to get creative? If so then our You’ve Got Mail class is for them! They will receive blank postcards that will be come their canvas to create a unique artwork that will then be mailed to another classmate. Each week participants will be emailed a different art topic or element to inspire a postcard design. Students will interact though written word with classmates by sending and receiving one postcard per week, but participants create at time that works for them, no Zooming or other technology required! Each registration comes with 10 postcards, 8 postcard stamps, and lesson packet. Students can use any art materials they have on hand such as markers, colored pencils, or scrapbook paper.

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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

Contact Us

HOURS

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following:

Mondays: 3:30-6:30pm
Tuesdays: 5-7pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Fridays- 3:30-6:00pm
Saturdays-9:30-1:15pm

 

 

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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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