It’s been such a busy and wonderful fall at MCA and we are so thankful to everyone who joined us for classes, performances, lessons and exhibits. We know it is a busy time of year, but we wanted to take moment to just make sure you knew about some of the exciting and important things happening at MCA, so please read the updates below:
- Text Message Alerts: As winter weather starts to settle in, we are implementing a new SMS texting alert system for our on-site programming. The information we will pass along via this method will be emergency type communication or weather related communication. At this time we do not plan to use it other than for those 2 things so this will not be something that would be sent every day or week. If you are a current student or family please opt-in to receive SMS (text messaging), please read these instructions and then go to the Parent Portal to update your account.
- Updated Winter Catalog: We hope you are planning to join us this Winter. Please, note that we have had a few changes since we printed our catalog thank you for your understanding of these changes to Ballet II-Ballet VII classes, PBT, Beg. Hip Hop and Hip Hop I. All of the changes are reflected here in this digital catalog, on the website and within Jack Rabbit. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
- MCA Sweatshirts- Now until Dec. 9th you can order your very own Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts zip sweatshirt. Click here to see the new design and ordering details.
- Big Thanks- As we embark on this special time of year we would like to pause and say thank you to all of the individuals, businesses, and foundations who have made 2019 great. Continued support from Hiawatha Education Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, BK5K Youth Fund of Winona Community Foundation, Elizabeth Callender King Foundation, Slaggie Family Foundation, and new support from Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Winona Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation, Clifford & Jeanine Black, Barb Dufresne, William Koustsky, Midtown Foods, Kevin & Sue O’Reilly, RTP, Paul & Barabra Rusterholz, Carl & Berna Schmidt Foundation, Walmart, Winona Hims we were able to make important safety and aesthetic upgrades in the theatre in time for our three December concerts, open up a new classroom piano lab, provide free dance classes during National Tap Dance Day and our annual Free-4-All, launch a new adult community choir and youth comedy improv troupe, offer creative aging workshops, provide financial need-based scholarships, purchase instruments, art supplies, and dance props to enhance partnerships with Home & Community Options, Riverway Learning Community, the Winona Family YMCA, Callista Court of Saint Anne’s Extended Care, WSU Children’s Center, Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home in Rushford. Want to join the likes of these amazing donors? Learn more here.
- Music Scholarships- Now in addition to scholarships for classes we have special scholarship funds set aside for private lesson instruction scholarships thanks to the Winona Hims and Cafe Congo. To apply for a scholarship or for more info click here.
- Cookies & Conversation- Join us on Wednesday, Decemember 11, 2019, 5:30-7pm for a Friends of MCA meeting and social event. We will enjoy scrumptious cookies and conversation! Thanks for signing up if you plan to come so we are sure to have enough cookies :)! RSVP here. Learn more about Friends of MCA
- National Honors Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA)- Dancers in grades 6- University are invited to apply for MCA’s Junior (grades 6-8), Secondary (grades 9-12) and Collegiate NHSDA Chapter. NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance. The 2020 induction ceremony will be April 26 (materials much be turned in by March 20). For requirements and more information click here.
- Save Money on Dance Items and Help MCA– Looking for holiday items for dancer in your life? Order on Discount Dance Supply and you can save 8% on your first order when you enter MCA’s Teacher referral code, 123796 in the coupon code section. Returning customers still get Discount Dance’s great prices and MCA receives reward points for any orders in which the referral code is entered.