Quick Facts and Information

Overview

  • WBCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • The mission of White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) is to provide a gateway to diverse arts experiences.
  • Founded in 1968, WBCA has been a primary art provider in the Greater Northeast Metro Area for 48 years.
  • WBCA is the only nonprofit arts center in the Greater Northeast Metro Area offering a broad range of year-round art classes, events, and programs for children, adults, and families.
  • Annually, WBCA directly serves 5000 children, 3000 adults and seniors, and an additional 25,000 individuals through events and outreach.
  • WBCA draws participants from 200+ zip codes.
  • Tremendous program and participant growth combined with the extraordinary support of the community enabled WBCA to move to its new facility in July 2013.

Classes

  • WBCA offers approximately 900 high-quality art classes per year, all designed and taught by professional artists.
  • Classes are available for all experience levels and ages.  Offerings include visual arts, creative writing, movement, culinary arts, professional development, lectures, workshops, and summer camp art classes for children and youth ages 6-14.
  • Class participation has increased more than 50% since 2013.

Exhibitions

  • WBCA’s Ford Family Gallery hosts 6 to 8 premier exhibitions annually.
  • Exhibitions are accompanied by subject related learning opportunities, including classes, free demonstrations, and public lectures.

Community Outreach

WBCA’s community outreach programs provide arts learning opportunities to thousands of children and adults who might otherwise lack access to the arts:

  • The Arts in Elementary program serves 3,700 students grades K-5 in the White Bear Lake Area Schools.  Each student receives six art experiences per year from WBCA teaching artists.
  • Art classes offered at Solid Ground, a transitional housing community, annually serve approximately 75 children from low-income families.
  • WBCA annually serves approximately 200 youth and adults with disabilities through arts classes and experiences.
  • Community events include an annual high school writing contest and annual high school visual arts contest
  • Free art activities are offered at local events, schools, and libraries

Recognition

  • In 2010, WBCA received the Arts Achievement Award from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
  • The Arts in Elementary program, a partnership between WBCA and White Bear Lake Area Schools, was awarded the Local Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 2010.
  • WBCA earned the Charities Review Council seal of approval in 2012.  To earn the distinction, WBCA met 27 accountability standards in the areas of governance, financial reporting, and public disclosure.  This certification was renewed in 2014.

Management

  • WBCA is guided by a strong board of directors with expertise in arts, education, finance, fundraising, law, management, marketing, and strategic planning.
  • WBCA has 11 employees (6 full-time and 5 part-time) and more than 100 contract instructors.
  • Approximately 170 volunteers support WBCA each year.

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