50th Anniversary

Dear Friends,

2018 is a milestone year as White Bear Center for the Arts prepares to mark its 50th anniversary! I hope you will start collecting your photos and stories to share memories as we will honor WBCA’s past. I also hope you will challenge yourself to try something new here, as a way of celebrating WBCA’s present. Most importantly, I hope you will help WBCA grow by inviting others to join us as we set our sights on the next 50 years. 

WBCA stands behind the importance of long-term sustainable relationships built on genuine respect for the creative, social and cultural spirit of each individual. Thank you all for being the heart of your art center.

Suzi Hudson
Executive Director

Past 50th Anniversary Events:

“It Has Been a Very Good Year” Happy Hour

December 18, 2018

As 2018 begins to wind down, join WBCA for a happy hour featuring a fun, short film by Steve Goranson. Steve creatively interviews members and preserves the memories of those on whose shoulders we stand.

Celebrate the culmination of our 50th year after the video and do a lantern walk around the labyrinth. Bring a light to walk with as we wish for a bright and glowing future.


October 13, 2018

This free event celebrated WBCA family’s and friends as we celebrated 50 years of WBCA on October 13 with crafts, games, food trucks and more!  Live music by the Backyard Band filled the building as people wandered the gallery, feasted on Culvers custard and food truck food, and participated in art making activities.  We also dedicated our time capsule!


September 20, 2018

WBCA supporters young and old joined us for our birthday celebration on September 20th at 7 Vines Vineyard. There was music, games, food and fun!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful celebration.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from the event!


On May 16, 2018

Governor Mark Dayton officially declared May 16 as White Bear Center for the Arts Day in the state of Minnesota.

A proclamation from the White Bear City Council also declared May 16, 2018 White Bear Center for the Arts Day in White Bear Lake, MN.


June 15, 2018

WBCA supporters marching in the Manitou Days parade through downtown White Bear Lake and along Lake Avenue.



3 Thursdays: June 28, July 5 & July 12

Come see WBCA at White Bear Lake’s Market Fest this summer! Stop by, say hi, do an art project, and bring something to add to our time capsule! (see details about the time capsule below)

Time Flies!

In our 50th year at White Bear Center for the Arts, we want to compile items that are representative of “A Day in the Life of a Kid in 2018.”  Bring your items to WBCA this summer for our Community Time Capsule!

Suggestions of items for the time capsule:

  • historical or everyday objects
  • photographs
  • handmade items (projects you’ve made at the art center!)
  • a letter to the kids of the future
  • favorite family recipes
  • predictions of the future

Our Community Time Capsule will be honored during our Fabulous Family Day (FREE) on October 13!

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