Make a Difference Through the Arts

Art changes lives. If you, your foundation or business would like make a difference in the community you shouldn’t look any further than MCA. Funding opportunities range from organizational support, program support and student sponsorship. Last year alone thanks to supporters like you we provided over 60 students with financial need-based scholarships and reached over 14,000 community members through classes, performances, art exhibits and MCA on the Go, our community outreach program.

Why Support

At MCA, we believe in the idea of Art for All Ages- that everyone deserves access to a quality arts education, regardless of age, gender, skill, background or ability to pay. Our programs give exposure to music and visual arts to those in our community who otherwise would not have access.

Become a Supporter

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and always welcomes support from foundations, businesses, organizations and individual donors in the form financial support or supply donations. We welcome operating support donations or we are happy to allocate funds to a specific area of arts education, outreach, our scholarship fund or capital improvements. Donors who wish be recognized are credited on our website, through press releases, live performance programs, on social media, and in marketing materials.  Your tax-deductible gift ensures that we can continue to provide services to students and community members who need them and help ensure that Winona continues to be a great place to live for all community members. You can make a donation online through our registration system by clicking “register” on a selected amount or $25, $65 or $100 below or to donate a different amount or more information about how you can join these groups and individuals supporting MCA’s impact or to make a tax deductible donation, please contact Managing Director, Jamie Schwaba at or 507-453-5501.

Make your Tax-Exempt Donation to MCA Today:

Our Supporters

MCA is proudly supported by the Hiawatha Education Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Aroha Philanthropies, Elizabeth Callender King Foundation, Hal Leonard LLC, Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation, The Slaggie Family Foundation, Winona Early Childhood Initiative, BK5K Youth Fund of the Winona Community Foundation, Winona Hims, Cafe Congo, Winona Health Community Partnership Fund, Bartz Family Fund of the Winona Community Foundation, Walmart, William Koutsky, Barb Dufresne, The Draves Family, RTP, Kevin & Sue O’Reilly, Midtown Foods, Clifford & Jeanine Black, Paul & Barabra Rusterholz, MCA alumni, community members, and the Friends of MCA.

In the summer of 2019 MCA’s new improv troupe, Main reACTion was established as a part of 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

Be a Friend of MCA!

Friends of MCA is the official volunteer committee/advisory board for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.  Through volunteerism, this board of parents, arts educators and students, and other citizens active in MCA, fosters MCA’s mission of promoting and encouraging artistic expression in children and adults.  This community member and parent-led  association offers areas of participation in fundraising, volunteering, and coordinating community outreach events and benefits.  The Friends of MCA’s Board is also an invaluable sounding board providing feedback and direction to MCA as an organization. Biennially Friends of MCA host the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party that coincides with our production of “The Nutcracker“. For details about the volunteer opportunities please email today.

Meetings are generally held at the Valencia Arts Center in the Monet Room (Art Room).  Anyone interested in making a difference through the arts is invited to join us. Visit our Friends of MCA page for a list of upcoming FofMCA Meetings and events.

Be an active member in your child’s endeavors in the arts and join Friends of MCA!


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is part of the community, partnering with many local organizations and businesses to make the arts accessible and to make Winona a more artful and beautiful place to work and live.

The Page Theatre

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

Winona Public Library

Winona Parks and Recreation

The Playground Winona

Visit Winona

Winona Health

Winona State University

LiveWell Winona

Project FINE

Home & Community Options

Jimmy Jams Comics

River Arts Alliance

Winona Community Education

Japan Karate-Do Genbu-kai of Minnesota

Saint Anne’s of Winona/ Callista Court

The Monarch Public House

Winona International Dancers

Great River Shakespeare Festival

If you are interested in partnering or working with the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, please contact Jamie at: 507-453-5501 or

Check out our Event Calendar to see where in the community you can spot MCA.


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:

Mondays: 3:30-6:30pm
Tuesdays: 5-7pm
Wednesdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Thursdays: 3:30-6:00pm
Fridays- 3:30-6:00pm



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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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