About

The goal of Rumriver Art Center is to be a catalyst for artistic literacy and excellence through our collaborations and partnerships in areas void of artistic opportunities. Our aim is to recognize the individual potential of students and artists and explore through multiple art mediums their creativity, talents, passions, and spirit while igniting prospects for innovative and affordable artistic expression.

The Rumriver Art Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Non-Profit 501(C)(3) Organization Tax ID 45-5548481. 

Mission statement

The mission of Rumriver Art Center (RRAC) is to make a difference through art by being a welcoming and inspiring environment for artists of all ages to explore their creative potential through our classes, collaborations, and partnerships with like-minded individuals in the North Metro. We recognize the individual potential of students and artists and explore through multiple art mediums their creativity, talents, passions, and spirit while igniting prospects for innovative and affordable artistic expression.

History

The art center began in 2009 as a small 500 square foot studio and has expanded to over 5,000 square feet with the addition of an art cafe and library, a ceramic studio, a larger multi-purpose studio, and four private artist studios in a historic milk factory along the Rum River. We opened a community art gallery in the fall of 2018 for local artists to showcase their work and have been organizing a community art fair in Ramsey each summer since 2016. We reach over 10,000 students annually of different ages, ethnicities, abilities, and economic backgrounds offering the opportunity to grow artistically and creatively while building confidence and social skills. We started with a simple drawing class to now offering a full range of art mediums. The art center offers programs for public and private educational institutions, summer art camps for youth, art courses for homeschool families, and a vitality arts program for adult ages 55+. We also offer a variety of community programs, Kids Art Fun Nights, Free Family Art Days, and a senior outreach program. Our board of directors consists of North Metro business leaders, community leaders, local politicians, and working artists who support our mission to bring art to our community.