The doors to our brick and mortar home, the Valencia Arts Center may be closed, however our dedicated staff and faculty are working hard to bring the arts, routine, and community right into your living room (or fill in the blank space in your dwelling). 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.

Online Private Music Lessons

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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!  


Intro to Sketch Pad- Online Art Class

Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live and interactive art class. Students will learn how to create their own virtual wallpaper that can be used as a backdrop on a device or on zoom. Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, a medium size tablet or larger is ideal. We will be using both Zoom and Sketch Pad 5.0 simultaneously during the class. This class is free, however donations accepted to support our efforts to offer engaging programming during these challenging times and beyond.

Free, but registration is required. Once you register, you will be sent a link for the zoom meeting.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time: 1-2pm 

Ages: 9+ (as of 4/4/20)

Location: Any space inside or outside that your child has a little space to move around freely and safely

Technology Needed: Any device with a screen and wi-fi capabilities, a camera and mic are desired, but optional, we will be using Zoom & Sketch Pad 5.0

Instructor: Lisa Douglas

Fee: Free, donations welcome

Register Now!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Players- Online Theatre Class (ages 4-6)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Players- Online Theatre Class for ages 4-6

Children’s imaginations will soar as they listen to a story and then recreate it from their comfort of their own home. Students will just need 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. Parents do not need to participate, how ever they should stay near their child to assist them with any technical difficulties and to ensure that they are safe. 

This class is free, however if you are find value in this program, our MCA Moments and want to help ensure MCA is able to continue to offer engaging  programming during these challenging times and beyond, please consider making a donation here if you are able.

Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 10-10:30 am 

Ages: 4-6 years (as of 4/4/20)

Location: Any space inside or outside that your child has a little space to move around freely and safely

Technology Needed: Any device with a screen and wi-fi capabilities, a camera and mic are desired, but optional

Instructor: Catherine Deysach (Miss. Catie)

Fee: Free, donations welcome

Register Now!

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


Weekly Art Challenge

Each week during these challenging times, we want to help inspire you and your family to carve out a little time to create a little visual art with a weekly theme. All you need to do is use your imagination and the materials you have at home to create something and send us a photo of just your art (either message our Facebook Page or email: by 6pm Friday of that week.We will post everyone’s creations at the same time and even have a fan favorite vote off over the weekend! There will be a youth and adult division for voting, so all ages are encouraged to participate.

Each week’s challenge will be listed on our private MCA Students & Families Facebook Page.

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

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


Contact Us


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

Mondays: 4:15-7:15 pm

Tuesdays: 3:45-6:30 pm

Wednesdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Thursdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Fridays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Saturdays: 9:30am- 1:15 pm



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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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