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.

Winona Main Street – Artist Display Opportunity

Winona Main Street is offering an opportunity for area visual artists to display and sell their work in cooperation with local businesses through its Made in Winona initiative beginning in March, 2016. We are seeking visiual artists who would like to participate in this project. Click the image to download an application form that gives…

Four Poets for Poetry

WSU Arts Administration is a member of River Arts Alliance. Mark your calendars: On Wednesday, February 3, 5pm-6pm, Zach Carlsen, Sam Hovda, Marcia Ratliff, and Jim Armstrong will read their poetry in the Krueger Library’s Athenaeum space (2nd floor – south/bluff side). This event is free and open to the public. This activity is made…

Reading at the Book Shelf Marking 40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon

The Laureate Writers Series will present readings from the “Black April” issue of the Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine marking 40 years since the Fall of Saigon. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 9th* at 7pm at the Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd St. and will be followed by an open mic. The…

GRSF and MMAM Host 3rd Annual Valentine’s Bash

Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) are once again joining forces to host their Third Annual Valentine’s Bash on Saturday, February 13 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The Valentine’s Bash is part of the Winter Carnival Weekend in Winona. “The Valentine’s Bash: For the Love of the…

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,…