This last year has been challenging for everyone, but especially for tweens and teens who are wired for new experiences and connection. Additionally, COVID-19 has meant more screen time and less time moving for many. MCA is excited to offer new classes and opportunities to help teens and tweens connect with others, get moving and learn new skills this spring and summer. The following list of programs are designed to invite those with no experience to join us in-person to try something new in a COVID safe way. These age based classes are also perfect for those who have taken a year or more off of dance or theatre who want to ease back in. If you are unsure if these classes or a level based class would be a better fit for you, please contact our offer at email@example.com and we will help find the right place for you.
Things are definitely brewing at MCA. We are so excited to be planning for a variety of spring and summer programming for all ages. It is going to be an exciting summer with new offerings inside, outside, and online. All in-person classes will follow the MCA COVID...
MCA is excited to extend an invitation to MCA students, parents, and community members who are interested in helping us make a difference through arts education. This spring we have three opportunities to get involved.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to offer “Intergenerational Playful Postcards”- a class aimed to bring together older adults and Girl Scouts in the Winona Area.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to invite the community to join in a COVID friendly community wide mystery art hunt, “Winona Grows”. Between April 17-May 1 oil pastel artwork created by Winona area artists of all ages will be on display in windows of area businesses and outside in public spaces. Not only will participants get to view beautiful Winona and spring themed artwork but they will also get to explore Winona and solve a mystery. Next to the artwork in each location clues will be given to fill in a Poem created by Winonan Miranda Harper.
Calling all actors ages 8-18, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce auditions for an outdoor performance of Brian D. Taylors production of Thirty-three Little Pigs. Young actors interested should sign up for a 20-minute audition time slot on June 28, 2021 between 6:30-8:30 pm at MCA’s Home, the Valencia Arts Center. Actors should come wearing clothing to move/dance in, and be prepared to read from the script. Details about mask requirements and any other COVID related procedures that will be followed at the auditions will be communicated closer to date with those registered. Rehearsal will begin July 6th and typically run 6:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday, with possible weekends. Rehearsals will be held in small groups. Mandatory all-cast and parent meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 7pm. Performances will be in the green space between MCA’s Valencia Arts Center and Alverna Center July 30-31, 2021.
Participants in MCA’s winter Weaving class showcase their creations in a virtual exhibit. Students in Weaving explored weaving terms and concepts through the creation of four projects: a place mat, cotton dishtowel, tapestry, and continuous strand weaving. This virtual class, part of the Creative Aging program at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, was designed specifically for ages 55+ and provided participants the skills to create handbags, scarves, rugs and more! Watch the online exhibit to view unbeWEAVEable masterpieces!
Did you know that there are a multitude of special techniques that can be applied using colored pencils? Join MCA teaching artist, Lisa Douglas during our new Colored Pencil Technique class and you can learn how to create highlights, shade, blend, and more just with a simple pack of colored pencils. During the 8-week session we will explore a new topic, techniques and artist(s). Participants who are interested will be invited to exchange postcards with classmates featuring their artwork.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering an 18th annual Summer Dance Intensive, July 5-July 31, 2021 (option to attend 2 weeks or 4 weeks). The 2021 Intensive will be virtual with the potential for an in-person determined by COVID circumstances. We are so excited to still be able to to offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12-25.
Dancers interested in attending the MCA Summer Dance Intensive are invited to audition virtually on March 21, 12:30-2:30pm, In-person (unfortunately only current MCA students), or by video submission. Video submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2021. Visit our SDI Audition Q & A for submission details.
Thanks to everyone who joined us in our virtual Valentine creation workshop on Feb. 7th. Nearly 30 artists of all ages joined us over Zoom in real-time and thanks to our partnership with the Winona County History Center we provided 200 free valentine craft kits. If you missed the class, don’t dismay you can check out the recording of the class below and get busy crafting with the acquired kit or with supplies you might have on hand. If you attended the class, but you are ready to take your Valentine’s to the next level, we have an extra video with tips and ideas on how to decorate the 9×12 white envelopes included in the kits.
We hope that these videos and supplies help make you feel more creative and connected to loved ones both near and far this Valentine’s day. Special thanks to the Winona Fine Arts Commission for the grant that make this opportunity possible.