River Arts Alliance supports and celebrates regional arts and culture by organizing educational programs, community events, and public art projects while promoting opportunities for artists and facilitating collaborations between organizations in the Winona region.

Jazz returns to the patio at Wellingtons

Thursday | September 3 | 5:00-8:00pm Thursday | October 1 | 5:00-8:00pm Wellington’s Pub and Grill | 1429 Service Dr. www.paulsonjazz.com After great turnouts in June, July & August, John Paulson (saxes and flute) and Eric Heukeshoven (piano) are returning September 3 and October 1 to perform smooth jazz outside. If the weather is bad,…

Photography Workshop with Wing Young Huie

Friday | September 4 | 3:00-4:30pm Zoom: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/95138437993 educate.winona.edu/watkinsgallery/ The WSU Art Department is excited to host acclaimed photographer Wing Young Huie over Zoom. Huie will conduct workshops with groups of students and community members on Friday, September 4th. The workshop open to community members is Friday, September 4th at 3pm. Workshops will last approximately…

Member Spotlight: Jean Mueller

Jean Mueller is one of the new board members of the RAA and lives outside of Winona on a farm setting. Her lifelong love and practice of the arts began as an art student in high school and at Winona State University. The texture element of fiber brought contemporary fiber pieces to the center of…

This Fall at WSU’s Watkins Gallery

The Watkins Gallery’s exhibitions and events are mostly virtual this semester, but we can still get together online and engage with some amazing artists. Contact Roger Boulay at rboulay@winona.edu to receive updates that will include Zoom virtual meeting links for artist talks and workshops. Motomichi Nakamura Animation (Virtual Exhibition) August 26th– September 15th Artist Talk…

Welcoming Week Art Contest

Project FINE is hosting an art contest to celebrate Welcoming Week in partnership with the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and River Arts Alliance. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration that brings together immigrants, refugees and long-term residents to build unity and a sense of belonging. This year, Welcoming Week…

Amanda Grace Band At Island City

Friday | August 28 | 5:00-8:00pm Island City Brewery islandcitybrew.com/ Join the Amanda Grace Band outside and socially distanced at Island City Brewery. They will be playing new music from her upcoming, "Please Dear Sun" album TBA fall 2020. You must call ICB at 507-961-5015 to make reservations for your small table in advance +…

MCA Fall Open House Week

August 17-22 Online and Outside of Valencia Arts Center mca.smumn.edu/2020/08/12/mca-fall-2020-open-house/ Do you need to set aside a little time to get creative, move, or spend time with family and friends? You can do all of these at once when you choose Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts during our Fall 2020 Open House week, August 17-22….

Singing & Bowls at Sunset in the Stone Circle

Saturday | August 22 | 7:00pm Kinstone | 53439 Cole Bluff Lane Fountain City, WI www.kinstonecircle.com/event/singing-bowls-at-sunset/ Traditional historic singing bowls produce sounds that invoke deep states of relaxation; naturally assisting one in entering expanded states of consciousness and meditation. The sound of the bowls creates a deep level of communication with our inner world that…

Family Art Day — the 2020 Way

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, River Arts Alliance (RAA) was compelled to cancel this year’s Family Art Day. The event, usually held the first Saturday in September, was first held in 2008 and has 500-600 participants (depending on weather). Believing that ‘Art Never Stops,’ the board of directors at River Arts Alliance chose to…

Sharon Mansur’s “…in the space between” dance film screening

Friday | August 14 | 4:00pm-7:00pm Third Street | Downtown Winona www.mansurdance.com During this Friday’s Dine Out Downtown, catch colorful and kinetic glimpses of Winona based artist Sharon Mansur’s dance film “…in the space between” as you shop and dine. Originally filmed in Winona, this film will be shared in the storefront windows of several…