Who We Are

The arts have the power to transform and strengthen communities. Recognizing this, a group of civic minded residents of the Greater Wadena area created the Arts League to support and nurture the arts in this region. The Greater Wadena Arts League is a newly formed nonprofit organization with the mission and purpose to stimulate, encourage, sponsor, develop, promote, and coordinate cultural and educational activities in the Greater Wadena area.

Our Mission

The mission of the Greater Wadena Arts League is to stimulate, encourage, sponsor, develop, promote, and increase the public appreciation of the visual, literary, and performing arts in the Greater Wadena area.

Our Goal

Our goal is to integrate the artistic resources of the Wadena area into the education system, local economy and the culture of our community.

We will accomplish this through events that will showcase a variety of performances and visual and literary artists.

We will also provide support to individual artists by helping secure exhibit and performance venues, and when possible, funding to share their work.


Garden of Miracles Sculpture

"Lady of the Garden" sculpture dedication was held, Saturday, June 14, 2014.The artist is Scott Johnson of Menahga. The Garden of Miracles is located in Fink Park, on the corner of Highway 29 and 7th Street S.W.

“Tacked on the Wall” Poetry Winners Announced

The Arts League in April celebrated National Poetry Month with several poetry events, including a first annual poetry contest and exhibit at The ArtsPlace in downtown Wadena. There was two separate divisions, one for adults and one for school age children.
Adult winners were: Charmaine Pappas Donovan, Brainerd, for her poem titled “MojVE Grave”. She won the shaped poems category with this poem. Winning in the rhyming poem category was Jeanna Crosno, of Audebon with “Enough”. Topping the “free prose” category was Rhoda Jackson, Park Rapids with an untitled poem. Each of these poets were awarded a cash prize of $25.

In the children’s division, two New York Mills fifth grade students and one Wadena-Deer Creek student took the honors. First place netted Cydney Polman $15 for her poem about spring. Cydney is a fifth grade NYM student of Rita Askew. Winning the second place prize of $10 was Wadena-Deer Creek third grader, Rhiannon Jenkins for “Mischievous”. She is a student of Jodee Finn. Third place winnings of $5 went to Hunteer Sleen for “Spring in Minnesota”. He is also a student of Rita Askew in New York Mills.

Monthly Art Workshops

Join us for monthly art workshops where you can work on your projects, share ideas and enjoy the fellowship of other artists.