We are really MARCHING into spring at MCA. If the warmer weather has you excited about getting out of the house look no further than these exciting classes and performances happening at MCA in March & April.  Also, check back soon for announcements about our May/June Session of dance & theatre classes and summer camps.

Classes starting in March & April at MCA:

Learn to Draw from Perspective

Explore art from a new perspective! Learn how to draw ONE and TWO point perspective! Want to learn how to design or draw your bedroom? Maybe draw a beautiful city view? Take this opportunity to enhance your drawing experience and learn how to create your own perspective drawing.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, March 11-April 1

Times & Ages: 4:30-5:30 (4-8th grade)

5:30-6:30pm (Ages 14+)

Fee: $29

Instructor: Grace Gillis, guided by MCA Faculty. Grace is an Education Major with an Art minor who is combining her love of education and the arts. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills with the community.

NEW! Homeschoolers Working in 3-D 

Warm-up your hands, it’s time to sculpt, fold, and engineer art that pops off the page or stands on its own. MCA will provide materials from clay to wires and colorful paper, all you have to bring is your imagination and a readiness to learn new techniques.

Date: Thursdays, March 12–April 23 (No class on April 9)

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

Ages: 8-14

Fee: $63

Instructor: L. Douglas

Piano Discovers Class in Piano Lab

NEW! Piano Discoveries I

Your child can begin his or her journey to a lifelong love of piano by joining us for this low–key, but engaging introductory group piano class. Students will have fun as they learn new  songs and play games that will unlock musical skills such as notation, listening skills, proper posture, and hand placement. Basic reading ability and access to a keyboard or piano for practice is recommended for optimal success (Free use of pianos at MCA possible subject to availability).

Ages: 69 years

Instructor: L. Douglas

Class is limited to 6 participants

This program is currently on-hold due to COVID-19, but we hope to offer it in the future once again.

 Cinderella

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is back! Students ages 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Cinderella,” a rock and roll version of the classic tale set in the 1950’s. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 20 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 20- 25

Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)

Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

Cast Member Price: $69

Ticket cost: $6 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 20-25 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)

MCA Partnership Classes

 Seussical KIDS

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with Winona Area Public Schools Community Education to offer a brand new arts experience to youth in grades 1-4 right on-site at Jefferson Elementary School beginning March 16th.

Kids in Grades 1-4 are invited to step into the spotlight as they perform in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical featuring all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Under the direction of teaching artists from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), students will meet twice a week and have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a show, from casting to learning music and choreography. On Wednesday, April 29 (time TBA), friends and family are invited to cheer on their actors and actresses in a showcase. Each student registered is guaranteed a role, but all students will participate in an audition.

Each rehearsal will begin with a quick snack included in the class fee. The program is open to all area youth in grades 1-4 regardless of school of attendance.

Suessical KIDS Theatre Production Details:

  • Instructors: Ahnika Lexvold (Director), Kayla Jannsen (Musical Director) & Jamie Schwaba (Managing Director)
  • Cost: $110
  • When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Where: Jefferson Elementary (1268 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987)
  • Class Begins: Monday, March 16
  • Class Ends/ Performance for Friends & Family: Wednesday, April 28
  • No class dates: March 30, April 13
  • How to Register: All registrations will run through Winona Area Public School Community Education. Register Online or call 507-494-0900 for more information.

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MCA Classes in collaboration with Winona YMCA 

Adventures in Ballet: Frozen

Your Little one is invited on a magical journey that will tickle their imaginations as they fall in love with ballet during the class perfect for "Frozen" and dance enthusiasts.

Day/ Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 15- Feb. 26th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Adventures in Ballet: The Little Mermaid

Young dancers will fill with joy as they use their imaginations and bodies to dive under the water; point their mermaid tail, and jam with their underwater friends.

Day/Date: Wednesdays, March 18- April  29th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

Virtual Arts for All Houston County Residents 

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is excited to announce NEW virtual programming for both youth and adults in collaboration with Caledonia Public Library and Mainspring in June. 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.

Creating Houston County in Oil Pastels

With beautiful bluffs, owls, and barn quilts, what's not to love about Houston County? Now is your chance to create mini-pictures of your favorite spots and features of your home. You will learn how to play with color, blending, and design during this one-of-a-kind class.

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/ Dates: Fridays, June 5-26
Time: 2- 3:30 pm
Ages: Adults of ages
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Mainspring in Caledonia, MN (down the street from the Caledonia Public Library)
Fee: Free, but registration required
 
Youth Art Club

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 explorations with oil pastels and drawing techniques. Each participant will receive their very own home art kit including oil pastels, an artist pencil, special paper and more.

Pre-packed 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/ Dates: Wednesdays, June 3-24
Time: 10-11 am
Ages: Youth 5-10 years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free, but registration required
 
Houston County Storytime
Join the Caledonia Public Library and Miss Jess 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 yoga class and Houston County Activity Book created by Mainspring.
 
Day/ Dates: Tuesdays, June 2-23
Time: 10-10:30 am
Ages: Geared towards ages 0-6 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free, 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.

Join us for a performance, from Irish Dancing, Jazz music, Improv theatre, and ballet we have something for everyone!