The Cultural Center in New York Mills offers an Art Adventure program as an extension of the service by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Art Adventure is a program that engages students with artworks from the Minneapolis Institute of Art's collection and through the support of thousands of trained volunteers, sends visual arts into K-6 classrooms across Minnesota and beyond.

The Center seeks volunteers to become Picture People. To be a picture person, call the Center to register at (218) 385-3339, then come to one of two training sessions offered on Monday, Nov. 27: one at 11 a.m. and one at 6 p.m. The training is offered free and facilitated by Pam Robinson who has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. The workshops are held at the Cultural Center, 24 N Main Ave in New York Mills.

Educators, community organizers, and home school groups can contact the Center to be paired with a Picture Person who will bring a kit to present in your class, course, or clapboard clubhouse. The kit offered by the Center this season is entitled Artists' Inspirations and includes photos of six pieces from MIA's permanent collection. The kit and Picture People are available to the New York Mills area until Dec. 30.

This program encourages creativity, critical thinking and global awareness through in-depth exploration of art across various cultures and time periods. Art Adventure is an opportunity for students and community members to experience art up close and personal through reproductions, technology and touch-and-feel props.

For more information, please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center's website at For general information on the Art Adventure program, to become familiar with Artists' Inspirations, or to watch a video on Art Adventure, visit