We inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture.
We are a museum that celebrates life. Czech life. Slovak life. American life. We are a museum that encourages self-discovery, a museum that asks what it means to be free. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, we tell stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Our stories connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is dedicated to achieving its mission with the highest quality and integrity, guided by the following values and principles: • We believe engagement in history and culture informs and empowers a free civil society. • We recognize ancestral heritage is important to people in defining their place in history and the world. • We honor those who immigrated to America and contributed their hard work, skill and vision to the formation of our nation. • We respect the people of the Czech and Slovak Republics who struggled for national identity. • We commit to the ethical interpretation and presentation of factually correct and well-balanced views in exhibits and programming. • We embrace life-long learning. • We aspire to the highest museum and library standards in our care of collections and operations. • We resolve to effectively use resources with integrity and accountability.
Melissa Nellis, Fiber Artist: Melissa’s Finnish heritage plays an important role, offering the opportunity to connect with her family legacy through her fiber art. She is a scientist, articulate and focused. Melissa exhibits locally and was a protegee in the 18-month Mentorship Program at the Textile Center. Melissa’s quilts were featured in the 2013 Fiber Art Almanac.
A rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts, featuring performing, visual and literary art.
The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for more than two and a half decades. The Center, founded by John Davis, is located in the town of New York Mills in Otter Tail County in north central Minnesota. The town was founded by Finnish settlers as a lumber mill; the once ubiquitous white pine forests are now gone. Agriculture became the dominant industry in the region, and recreation and tourism are important as well.
The Center has initiated and sponsored multidisciplinary arts programming since its inception in 1990. One of its signature events, the Great American Think-Off, a philosophy contest for the ordinary person, will mark its 24th anniversary in June 2016. Staff of the Cultural Center produce and sponsor annual community festivals, including the Fish House Festival each July, an annual large-scale street theater Puppet Pageant each August, and the Longest Night Music Festival each December 21st. The Center produces concert series in the fall and winter/spring seasons, and offers courses in the fine and folk arts through the Continental Divide Folk School. New York Mills lies on the north-south Continental Divide of North America. The Arts Retreat program, an artist residency program, has been in continuous operation for more than 25 years. The Center is a non-profit organization organized as a 501 (c) 3 organization. Support for its operation is provided by earned income, member donations, business donations, private foundation and government funding.
Jane Niemi, Machine knitter: Jane is co-founder of Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collabortiave. She’s an expert machine knitter who focuses on wearables and has won multiple awards from the Great Minnesota Get-Together commonly called the Minnesota State Fair. Jane’s work appeared in the 2013 Fiber Art Almanac.
NWICDC provides ongoing and developing opportunities for people to access arts as a means for wellness and cultural empowerment.
This mission of the Northwest Indian Community Development Center is to identify, coordinate and deliver resources that promote wellness and equity for American Indian families in northwest and north-central Minnesota.
We have weekly sewing and beading circles, there is a sewing center located at NWICDC that provides opportunity for community members to create. We have cultural artists who provide workshop learning for all ages. We also have events where we provide free vendor opportunities for artists to sell. These vary as do the creative opportunities. The ‘circles’ are weekly events where participants get together to create and share ideas and knowledge. A variety of learning opportunities both hands on and in professional development capacities.
Norwegian Wood Retreat is a Bed and Breakfast located one hour north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Stay one night or retreat for the weekend. Studio rental is available for meetings or gatherings. Relax in country comfort and style miles away from distractions. Velkommen to a place to meet other kindred spirits!
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The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.