Category Archives: Educational

Dr. John Paulson: Pre-Concert Talk “This is Not Your Father’s Big Band”

Wednesday | January 10 | 1:00-2:00pm
Winona Friendship Center | 251 Main St.

Saxophonist, composer and educator Dr. John Paulson will present a free, informal multi-media talk This is Not Your Father’s Big Band that will include an overview of the process involved in creating music for his 18-piece group plus the realities of presenting original big band jazz in today’s high-tech world.

Dr. Paulson retired from over 30 years of teaching at Saint Mary’s University and is now an adjunct music instructor in the jazz program at Winona State University. His first big band CD The John Paulson Big Band Project was released after the band formed in 2012 and they are preparing to record their 2nd CD Five Years On slated for release in the fall. This presentation precedes their free concert and live recording Sunday at 3:00 pm January 21 at the Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre at Winona State University featuring several outstanding guest artists and the addition of vocalist Ariane Lydon.

For more information, call the Friendship Center at 507.454.5212 or vist

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Winona Symphony Orchestra Awarded SEMAC Grant for 2018 Children’s Concert

The Winona Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2018 Children’s Concert for Winona area 3rd and 4th graders. Thanks to this generous grant, two free performances of the 2018 Children’s Concert will be presented on the morning of Tuesday, February 13… Continue Reading

Musical Theatre Improv Workshop

Friday | October 20 | 12:30 – 2:00pm Page Theatre | Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Campus Members from the cast of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical will lead participants through improvisational exercises and games that illustrate the basic philosophy and rules of improvisation: Saying YES, Active listening, Making your partner look good…all the while HAVING… Continue Reading

Family Arts Academy FREE Monthly Workshop – A Visit to Oz

Tuesday | September 12 | 5:30-6:30pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all. Pre-registration recommended. Learn more. Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a member… Continue Reading

Community Conversation

Wednesday | July 19 | 5:30pm Page Theatre | Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Campus The Page Theatre is working to strengthen our connections with the community, and we need your help to create that future together! We are working with Engage Winona to gather input from a deep and diverse cross-section of community members… Continue Reading

Top 10 Tips for Travel Photography with Janet Mootz

Thursday | June 29 | 6:00-7:30pm Sutra Global Imports 570 Main St. | Dakota, MN Join us for a free workshop, just in time for summer travel! (PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is REQUIRED, because space is limited, even though the event is free. About the Instructor: Janet has been a professional photographer for 13 years.… Continue Reading

Kinstone 1-Hour Guided Tour

Sundays | May 7 through October 31 | 1:00 to 2:15pm Kinstone | S3439 Cole Bluff Lane | Fountain City, WI On every Sunday, the tour features the large Stone Circle, the thatched cordwood Chapel, the Stargazer Circle and the Three Witnesses sculpture. Learn about the setting of the standing stones in the Kinstone Circle… Continue Reading