The River Arts Alliance generates creative, financial and intellectual resources in order to strengthen communications among all entities, elevate the quality of art for all and enrich lives through the arts.

Bernadette Mahfood, Rest in Peace

By now, I’m sure most of you have learned that Bernadette Mahfood has passed away. I have been struggling to find words worthy of this talented woman’s life and career. Bernadette was a force that helped to transform the arts community in Winona; she was my friend and coconspirator/founding mother of River Arts Alliance. Many…

Top 10 Reasons Boys Should Dance Too

submitted by Jamie Schwaba, Managing Director of Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Boys don’t always flock to the dance floor, but they should.   Here are 10 reasons why: #10. Coordination, strength, flexibility, agility. Dance keeps you in condition and makes you strong and fit for other sports – and life in general. #9. Dance builds…

The Art of Fine Furniture

On Exhibit June 20 – July 31, 2015 at the Winona County History Center, Free Admission! “The Art of Fine Furniture” is an exhibit for showcasing works of regional and nationally recognized studio furniture makers, and offers workshops and programs that are designed for those who are interested in the extraordinary. Local fine furniture maker,…

HBC Fence Art Project

River Arts Alliance has been working with Hiawatha Band Communications to install artwork on their fence.   RAA received a $10,000 Legacy grant from SEMAC to do the first 60 feet of the fence. The intention is to finish the entire fence in stages over a two-three year period.  The total length of the fence along…

Still Grateful After All These Years

During a conversation about how people develop a deep appreciation of the visual arts, Andy Maus asked me about my experience. As I thought about it, I realized that my love of art was unlikely. My family didn’t go to galleries or the St. Louis Art Museum ever, we owned no art books or even…

Creativity Takes Practice

I was scheduled to have rotator cuff surgery in early January. When discussing this with the doctor, I asked him, “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after I go through physical therapy?” The doctor said, “I don’t see why not?” “That’s strange’, I said. ‘I wasn’t able to play it before.” Actually,…

An art-filled life

A friend asked me about art opportunities for her son (who spent his morning making masks)… and I said: There are some venues around here that offer art opportunities. We can talk about them sometime. But I want to say that while it is grand to get kids together to make art, I think it’s…

The ART of Fine Furniture

Art: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Furniture:  “The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.” “He who works with…

“The Year of the New” at MMAM

2013 is “The Year of the New” at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, and it is about to reach its crest! Here is a little summary of an exciting, transformational season at your art museum: Thanks to a tremendous team of Museum leadership and designers, the MMAM has a new visual identity, resulting…

Family Art Day Extravaganza

The River Arts Alliance and Winona Parks & Rec are happy to announce the sixth year of the FAMILY ART DAY Extravaganza to be held on Saturday September 7, 10am to 2:30pm at JAYCEE PAVILION, Lake Park. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts…