History

 The Rumriver Art Center was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team, Larry Weinberg and Susan Yee, becoming a 501(C)(3) non-profit in 2012. The art program started with just a drawing class, but soon all kinds of visual arts classes were added. The art center now offers painting, watercolor, printing, sculpture mixed media, cartooning and more. The Rumriver Art center fills the void of schools having to cut back their art programs. We give students of all ages an opportunity to grow artistically and build confidence.

COMMUNITY GOAL: Our goal at Rumriver Art Center is to be an art resource for the entire community and help students of all ages explore their creativity through visual arts.

WHAT WE DO:
We offer art classes to homeschool, after school, and adult art students year-round.
Classes include drawing, painting, watercolor, clay pottery/sculpture, art sketchbook, stained glass, polymer clay, figure drawing, mixed media and more.
Students can explore everything from classic artists like Leonardo da Vinci to pop culture like Pokemon.

SO, WHAT'S NEXT? We realize that as our community changes, our needs are changing as well. And in order to foster this growth, we need help! We certainly appreciate monetary donations, but are also looking for partners in the community to help us expand and facilitate more art programs locally, as well as business partners and volunteers to help with financial forecasting and reaching funding needs for our non-profit.

OUR GROWTH: The Rumriver Art Center has grown over the last eight years from teaching several classes a week, to now offering classes for homeschoolers, after school programs, students of all ages, the Anoka County Library, community events and summer camps. We reach over 7500 students a year and have partnered with Artists del Norte making the Rumriver Art Center their home.

OUR GOALS FOR 2017:
Form corporate sponsorships
Improve our volunteer programs to include business partners (Starbucks 2016, Kohls 2017)
Research grant programs to fund our programs
Offer scholarships to deserving individuals (Mary T made the first donation to the fund)
Expand our reach to more families and individuals in the community by offering more programs at more venues
Expand our clay program with the addition of pottery wheels and stained glass program with soldering irons and other equipment for classes up to 12 students