Welcome to the Owatonna Arts Center!


Encourages and celebrates the creative and performing arts that Enrich the Human Spirit!



Message from the President

As we move into the time of year when we bid adieu to summer and welcome autumn, the Owatonna Arts Center is opening a whole new chapter in its history. Each September begins a new fiscal year for OAC, but in September of 2016 we focus on the opening of the building addition. This has been a long awaited event and a project which has had the nurturing of a host of participants. Our current board wishes to thank all prior board members, contributors and volunteers who have assisted on this project.

Our Open House to mark this occasion will be held over the weekend of September 10 and 11. We present The Bad Tangerines in concert on Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon we open the doors to the public. The enduring efforts of everyone involved are deeply appreciated and we give special recognition to the financial contributors.

We are proud to be able to offer the arts to our community, not only through the addition to our facility but through the variety of programs we can provide. Avail yourself of our gallery shows, art education, and special events. Develop your interests. Experience the thrill of new discoveries. Be a part of the arts center to make these and other high-quality experiences available to others.

One of the major responsibilities of our membership is to elect its Board of Directors. Our Annual Meeting will be held September 20. A slate of members proposed to be elected will be presented to be voted upon. These candidates are current board members Arlan Burmeister, Beth DeCoux, Marlene Camilli, Nancy Deetz, Naomi Jirele, Stephanie Shea, and Sue Vedder. Patricia Braasch-Turi and Kevin Ihrke will be on the ballot as well. The financial budget for the coming year will be presented for membership approval.

At the August meeting the board approved the recommendation for Joyce Parker to be the Education Coordinator. She was appointed to the position and will begin September 1. We welcome Joyce to our staff.

Please be reminded that our building is available for rentals. Weddings and celebrations, family and class reunions, company and organization meetings are just a few events that may be held here. Our facility, with all levels now easily accessible to all, makes for a fine venue for any gathering.

A number of events are planned and artistic works on display for the next two months. Also note that Wine Tasting and Pastimes will be in early November. I hope to see many of you at our open house and annual meeting.

Arlan Burmeister, President