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.


April 2014 - National Poetry Month GWAL Events

"Poetry Tacked on the Wall" Contest and Exhibit
April 14 - May 3, 2014

At the ArtsPlace in Downtown Wadena

An open and judged exhibit of poetry. Monetary prizes to be awarded.

All entries must be submitted on one sheet paper. They can be shaped poems, illustrated poems, rhyming, or free prose. Two categories: Adults or children. Three prizes will be awarded to children’s poems. Prizes for adults will be for: Best rhyming poem, best free prose poem, best illustrated poem and best shaped poem.

No limit on number of submissions by each poet. Entry fee is $2.00 each submission. No charge for children’s entries. Children’s prizes will be: 1st place $15.00, 2nd place $10.00 and 3rd place $5.00 Adult prizes will be $25 in each category. There will also be a People’s Choice award of $50.00 given to the most popular poem voted on by the public viewing the exhibit. A reception and open mic will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at this event.

To submit poems: Print them on an 81/2 X 11” sheet of paper. Any color. All submissions must be received by April 11. They can be delivered by mailing them to GWAL, PO Box 85, Wadena, MN 56482, or hand delivered to An Open Book in the Bernauer Building at 114 S. Jefferson in Wadena, (across the street from Ben Franklin. Please remember to enclose $2.00 for each submission. Each poem will be mounted on a colored background “index weighted paper, and will be “tacked up on the wall" for the exhibit. We are also working on having some of the poems being published in the Wadena Pioneer Journal. For more info, contact Mim Maas at 219-639-0804.

Art Chat - Friday, April 11th 5:30 – 8:30

Join us Friday, April 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at TAP (The ArtsPlace). We will start off the celebrations of National Poetry Month by getting together informally to share poetry, whether it is yours personally, or something that you enjoy. Come to the Bistro and grab a bite to eat or something to drink before we get started at 5:30 pm.

Poetry Workshop - Saturday, April 26 10 am to 2 p.m.

At the Arts Place - Downtown Wadena below An Open Book and Harvest Thyme Bistro

This workshop will be facilitated by GWAL President and poet, Mim Maas. An informal poetry workshop utilizing poetry prompts, exercises and sharing. Cost $15 and includes lunch.

Musical Poets – Cantus Concert

Wadena Memorial Auditorium - Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets available at Wadena Pioneer Journal and Thrifty White Pharmacy in Wadena. Advanced tickets - $10, $15 at the door. All children K-12 free. Groups of 10 or more $8 per person. For group tickets contact Mim Maas 218-639-0804.

For more information about Cantus, visit their website at: www.cantussings.org

Click here to download a poster.

Monthly Art Workshops

Join us for monthly art workshops at The ArtsPlace (basement of An Open Book & Harvest Thyme Bistro) in downtown Wadena. We meet the third Monday of the month to work on projects, share ideas and enjoy the fellowship of other artists.