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.

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Announcements

We are proud to announce that the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is now a project of the River Arts Alliance. The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world. The contest originated as an extension of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF). This was a logical…

Visible/Invisible Opening Reception

Friday | January 24 | 5:00-7:00pm Public Launch | 119 E 3rd St Please join Public Launch for the opening reception for Visible/Invisible: Landscapes of Mental Illness by Joy Davis Ripley. The exhibition is a community project highlighting Winonans who want to talk about their experiences with mental illness. The project combines portraits and narratives…

The Winona Poetry Walk

The Winona Fine Arts Commission, with the support of the City Staff and Council is launching a public art project The Winona Poetry Walk, consisting of original poetry stamped into sidewalks beginning this Spring, starting in downtown Winona. The Poetry Walk will officially open sometime late summer of 2020. Besides the original placement downtown, in…

80th Birthday Celebration for Rev. Jim Riley with Piano Concert by Dr. Christopher Mechell

Sunday | January 26 | 3:00-6:00pm Old Main | 20869 College Ave Galesville, WI | www.oldmain.org/gale-star-events.html Celebrate Jim Riley’s 80th birthday with a piano concert and fundraiser. Dr. Christopher Mechell, piano professor at St. Cloud State University, will provide a classical piano concert at 3:00 p.m. We will follow the concert with an open house…

Danú

Thursday | February 27 | 7:30pm Page Theatre | 700 Terrace Heights pagetheatre.org/project/danu/ Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For two…

Rooted in the Land Exhibit Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Thursday | January 23 | 4:30-6:30pm People’s Food Co-op | 519 First Ave | Rochester Rooted In The Land: paintings of women farmers in Southeastern MN by artist Julie Johnston is currently on exhibit at the People’s Co-op in Rochester, MN. You are invited to the opening reception with the artist. Refreshments will…

Lois Peterson: Listening For Evidence

Wednesday | January 22 Artist Talk: 5:00-6:00pm | Stark Hall Reception: 6:00-7:00pm | Watkins Hall Lobby Winona State University Exhibition on view January 13th–February 5th In the words of the artist: “What I study and focus upon comes from quiet and deep spaciousness, both from within and outside myself. Midwest prairie winter landscapes, Arctic expanses…

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre at MCA: “Cinderella”

Monday through Friday | April 20 – 25 | 4:00-8:15pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts 1164 W Howard (10th) St mca.smumn.edu/classes-programs/theatre/ Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is back at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA)! Students ages 7-18 will be cast in this original musical production of Cinderella, a rock and roll version of the classic…

January Jazz Jam

Sunday | January 19 | 2:30-5:30pm Island City Brewing Company H3OJazz.com H3O Jazz Trio invites you to the launch of the 2020 season of monthly Jazz Jams at Island City Brewing Company. Starting its third year, the Island City Jazz Jam continues to welcome talented performers of all ages from Iowa, Wisconsin, various Minnesota cities,…

Third Thursday Song Circle

Thursday | January 16 | 7:00-8:30pm Winona Arts Center | 228 East 5th St Singing this month will include songs about peace, justice, and freedom, as well anything related to winter. If you like to sing, please join us – we take turns choosing songs, mostly from the book Rise Up Singing – copies are…