In Grand Rapids, the creative spirit is ignited by the incredible natural surroundings. Inspiration surges forth with each new discovery of the wonders of nature. The changing seasons provide an endlessly shifting palette of enlightening experience.
It is an environment which encourages and inspires artists, in fact, draws them into the Grand Rapids area. The rich natural heritage of this Minnesota community is thus additionally enhanced with exceptional opportunities to become involved with the arts.
Outstanding venues offer visitors a chance to see a wide variety of exhibits and performances, both indoors and out. Musicians, sculptors, painters, performance artists, potters, jewelers, textile artists, photographers and more, add depth and understanding to the community.
Artistic, historical and cultural events fill the city calendar with frequent opportunities to view, hear, observe or participate in the arts. The small town atmosphere provides for relaxed discussions and easy access. Many artists are available to share their insights and talents.
Absorb the inspiration, and the results of inspiration, in the works of local area artisans. Explore some of the many offerings and options here on these pages and don’t be surprised when you find even more as you stroll the streets of Grand Rapids Minnesota.
Mondays: 7pm to 9pm
Main doors to Reif Center. Ask one of the singers for directions.
Music really is the international language! We have seen how true this is in our different groups again and again.
Our music entertains our guests and is fun for us to make. We practice hard and gather new experiences from numerous performances. That’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. And since playing also make you thirsty, some even wind up after our practices with a drink or two together.
We are happy to have new additions to our family. Just drop by. You’re bound to like it!
The Edge Center for the Arts features Continental seating for 283 patrons, proscenium stage and professional lighting, sound mixing booth, box office, and upright and grand pianos.
The Edge Gallery is open free of charge May through December on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10-4p and during performances only in the winter months. The Gallery features a rotating exhibit of works from local and regional artists.
The Reif Center auditorium is a spacious 645 seat facility, with a proscenium stage with an orchestra pit, and state of the art sound and lighting systems. A large 20′ x 20′ drop down screen and projector is available to use with VHS, DVD, or computer. A Steinway Grand piano is available for recitals. The Reif Center is on school property, per state policy, alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited on site. The Reif Center has three dance studios that are also available for rental.
Not only is the Reif Performing Arts Center a great location to experience a performance, the Reif also maintains an ever changing gallery of 2D & 3D art exhibits. Exhibits can include student artists from the neighboring High School, area grade schools, college artists, or professional artists. Patrons at the Reif can also see a permanent series of portraits created by local photographer Dave Bjerk.
The Grand Rapids Players conduct two toe-tapping performances annually at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids. This volunteer theatrical group has enchanted audiences for more than 30 years and produces a spring musical and a fall play.
Tickets are available at Reed Drug, (218) 326-3453, or at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, (218) 327-5780.
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday
MacRostie Art Center (MAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition and creation of visual art. The MAC is home to two galleries that present new exhibits each month. Opening receptions are held during the monthly First Friday Art Walk and are free and open to the public.
The Art Shop at MacRostie Art Center features the work of local and regional artists in a wide range of media including jewelry, pottery, painting, glass, wearables, and much more.
MacRostie Art Center offers workshops and classes throughout the year for both children and adults in pottery, painting, rosemaling, basket weaving, collage, and more. Artists may also sign up for open access to the pottery and printmaking studios for a monthly fee. A full list of current classes is available on the MAC’s website.
A Natural amphitheater on the banks of the Mississippi River. All seats face the river and the 25′ X 40′ large dock serves as a stage. The site features stadium and bleacher seating for 1200 people, small orchestra pit, raised sound/lights booth, poles for sound and light rigging. Location and some equipment available for rent for a fee.
Relive the excitement of days past when the showboat came rounding the bend of the Mississippi River to bring entertainment to the towns on its shores. Our colorfully costumed performers entertain you with song, dance and comedy. This is truly entertainment for the entire family – no matter what the age. It’s loved by children and seniors alike. Your family will love sitting outdoors in our comfortable stadium seating on the banks of the river. The show is new each year, so make this an annual event for you and your family.
Mississippi River Showboat Performances are the last three weekends in July. All performances are held at 9 p.m. at the Showboat landing. Beverages and snacks available at outdoor performances. Tickets sold at Reed’s Drug and at the gate for general admission seating. Ticket booth opens at 7pm prior to each performance.
Admission: $10 Adults, $9 Seniors (65 & older), $6 Students 16 & under.
Not only is this a great café and coffeeshop, but a community stage and a creative environment for musicians as well. You might see an open mic night, a local favorite, or a traveling musician just passing through.