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.

Watercolor Class for Winona

INTERMEDIATE​ CLASSES are starting May 12th, Thursday from 9 until 12 at Godfather’s Pizza – Lower level – 30 Walnut Street, Winona – fee is $30 per lesson * plus purchase of minimal food.  Bring your normal watercolor supply list, or ask for supply list upon registration. BEGINNER CLASSES start on MAY 18 – Wednesday…

Movie and Appreciation Event for the Winona Municipal Band’s Centennial Celebration

In 2015, the Winona Municipal Band marked its 100th year of continuously performing for our community. To mark the occasion, a group of band members and supporters got together to plan a Centennial Celebration that featured community gathering times with door prizes and treats, guest soloists, history lessons, a community picnic, fireworks, and a world…

Teen Voices Book Launch and Celebration

What happens when talented young writers are inspired by a stellar lineup of guest poets, and can “workshop” their writing together with college-age mentors and experienced arts educators? Find out at “Soundings: Book Launch and Poetry Celebration”, 7 PM on Friday, May 6 at the Winona Art Center, 228 E. 5th Street in Winona. Join talented…

“Attempting the Northwest Passage” Film Showings

A new version of Taff Roberts’ “Attempting the Northwest Passage” will be presented at the Winona County History Society on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and also at the Winona Art Center, 228 East Fifth St., on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $7 will help with the cost of making the film. The…

Frank Bures, Jr. To Read From His New Book At The Blue Heron

Frank Bures, Jr., essayist and contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine will read from his first book, The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and The Search for the World’s Strangest Syndromes. The reading will be part of The Laureate Writers Series, and will take place at The Blue Heron Coffee House, 162…

Winonans Rally to Help Rwandan and the Able-Disabled

Winonans first heard about Frederick Ndabaramiye at this year’s Frozen River Film Festival where he was the keynote speaker at the screening of  "I Am Able," a film about his incredible life story and his extraordinary artistic talent.   In 1998, when he was just fifteen, Frederick was dragged from a bus and attacked by Rwandan…

Winona Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

The final concert of the Winona Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season will be presented on May 1st at 4:30pm in the Vivian Fusillo Auditorium, Performing Arts Center on the Winona State University campus. Attendees are invited to arrive early for the pre-concert talk at 4pm, presented by Music Director Dr. Donald Lovejoy. A reception will follow…

Remembering Maggy Jacqmin

Maggy Jacqmin served on the River Arts Alliance Board of Directors briefly prior to her diagnosis. We were happy that she shared her expertise and enthusiasm for the arts with us. As Winonans, we will always be grateful for her significant contributions in helping to expand  cultural opportunities in the area.The following remembrance was written…

GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest “Kick-Off” Event

Since April is National Poetry Month, what better time to hold the 2016 Sonnet Contest opening event! On Tuesday, April 12, at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse, in Winona, 7 PM, with music by Flutistry beginning at 6:30, we’ll gather with our Poets Laureate, and likely other guests, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this Sonnet…

MCA’s Spring Concert

MCA’s Dance Repertory Company’s annual spring concert, Words in Motion will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. For more than four decades, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC) has delighted the Winona community with quality dance productions, featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works….