Welcome to the Owatonna Arts Center!


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


Message from the President

It is hard to believe that we have reached the time of the year when we are announcing special holiday events. It is important to note that the ever popular Pastimes will be on November 3, 4 and 5. We welcome our long-time friends as well as those coming for the first time. We are honored that they have chosen to show their work here. We also want to thank Cash Wise Liquor, Deli and Floral for their continued support of OAC with the Wine and Cheese Tasting Benefit. All proceeds of the event on November 11 will be contributed to the arts center.

The opening of our addition, September 10 and 11, was well received by our guests. Recognition was given to building contributors on Saturday and an open house for the public was on Sunday. Arnesen Atrium was home to the Pat Cox applique quilt exhibit. All were pleased to see such a display in our new space. Please tell others about the elevator at the entrance; many have commented that access to all levels of the center now is wonderfully simple.

Besides the opening of the new addition, a very important event took place on September 20. It was our annual meeting at which time two new members, Patti Braasch-Turi and Kevin Ihrke, were elected to the OAC Board. We welcome both individuals and look forward to their contributions. At the same time we want to thank Barb Klinger and Shirley Erickson for their dedicated service. They will be missed. The Friends of the Owatonna Arts Center were presented with the Volunteer(s) of the Year Award. The Friends group is vital to the operation of the Arts Center.

We encourage you make every effort to support the activities offered during the next months. If you have friends and neighbors who might have some interest in the Arts Center, please invite them to attend. Remind them of the value of member support. We work to expand our membership with our existing members being our most effective endorsement. Members and volunteers in our organization continue to be our life blood.

As early as this seems, I will take this opportunity to wish you all the best this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year.

Arlan Burmeister, President