Classes & Programs

Virtual Outreach & Community Engagement

Are you looking for creative ways to help your group or community stay connected during these challenging times? Or maybe your students, residents, or clients need a creative outlet, physical exercise, or are ready to engage in new skills. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) can help you meet your goals even during challenging times. Below are a few commonly asked questions and answers. We hope that they will get you excited about the positive impact the arts can bring to you and your group. Please contact us at if you would like more information.

Q. Can you tell me a little about MCA?

A. Absolutely, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 community arts school located in Winona, a small community in southeastern Minnesota. MCA impacts the lives of over 14,000 community members in Winona and surrounding rural areas regardless of ability, age, race, gender, religious affiliation, or economic background. MCA leverages community partnerships and arts education to improve lives. Established in 1973 MCA began as a one-room dance studio, but has blossomed over the years into a full service arts conservatory that provides instruction in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. MCA became an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2003.

Q. What type of Community Projects has MCA been running virtually?

A. MCA has been working with many community partners since March 2020 to provide programs including Zoom classes in Adaptive Dance for Home & Community Options (HCO), Intentional Doodling for Caregivers at Elder Network and Saint Mary’s University Alumni, Art infused storytimes for Lewiston-Altura Early Childhood, Oil pastel, colored pencil, and 3-D art lessons in collaboration with Caledonia Public Library, Winona Friendship Center and 4-H of Chisago County. Additionally, we created a series of pre-recorded, MCA Moments with the wishes of Riverway Learning Community in mind.

Q. Does MCA have any programs designed that are no tech or low tech?

A. Yes, MCA has already developed two programs that provide sequential art skill-building and connection that require little to no virtual or in-person contact. These successful programs include Playful Postcards and Community Rocks. Video recordings of dance, theatre, and visual art classes are also available. Additionally, we are currently developing outside social-distance activities and arts installations that might be a good fit for you group.

Q. What are the Fees?

A. This varies depending on the project or class and what supplies might be involved. Generally the starting rate is around $42 an hour.  We work with each organization to either provide or help ensure they have needed supplies. MCA is equipped with Zoom and is able to provide recordings of any virtual classes to be shared with those who missed the program or would like to review it. MCA is also happy to assist with registration and payment collection. If you would like to see a recording sample of a virtual class or to arrange a free class session for your group, contact us today!


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

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


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Monday - Thursday- 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:45-8:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday- Closed


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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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