White Bear Center for the Arts' Mission is to:
ENRICH LIVES by Celebrating Art
NOURISH IMAGINATION by Inspiring Creativity
BUILD UNDERSTANDING by Connecting People
Our Core Values are:
CREATIVITY - Creativity is at the heart of what we do. We are open to what's new and willing to experiment in the interest of adventurous programming that inspires creativity.
HOSPITALITY - We strive to maintain a culture, environment and inclusive community where all feel welcome, cared for and valued.
RESPECT - We treat each other and all we encounter with respect. We respect diverse art, cultures and ideas.
GROWTH - We believe in learning and enriching lives by experiencing art and the creative process. We strive to provide growth opportunities for all.
QUALITY - We seek to provide art, learning experiences and work products of the highest quality.
INTEGRITY - We are committed to fulfilling our Mission, authentically living our Values, and being accountable and responsible stewards of WBCA's resources.
White Bear Center for the Arts Vision, 2025:
White Bear Center for the Arts is a diverse and growing community widely known for enriching lives, nourishing imagination and building understanding through art. Embodying hospitality, quality and respect for all, it is a dynamic and inspiring center where all are welcome to celebrate art, connect with their creativity and connect with one another.
The Center garners national attention by attracting celebrated artists, receiving an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and being featured in prominent publications. White Bear Center for the Arts is generously supported in ways that assure its sustainability.
White Bear Center for the Arts is an exciting destination with a campus featuring facilities, attractions and programs that serves as a magnet for visitors from far and wide. It is a hub of activity called "White Bear's treasure" by many; the city of White Bear is coming to be known as "White Bear, a center for the arts."
Most notably the Center has preserved what made it special since its beginning: a welcoming, caring, passionate and creative community. More people of all ages and cultures proudly call White Bear Center for the Arts "My Center."
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The origins of the present-day art center began in May 16, 1968.
Sister Florentine Goulet, a music and piano teacher at St. Jude of the Lake Elementary School in Mahtomedi, MN noticed many creative people living in White Bear Lake and the surrounding area but realized there was no organization that gave them the opportunity to connect. She then organized a meeting, invited several arts residents and prominent community members, and the idea for an arts council was born.
The White Bear Arts Council became an official nonprofit organization on May 16, 1968. Soon after, classes in all mediums began being offered to adults and children of all ages and levels.
In 1996, the White Bear Arts Council began offering year-round art classes and expanded programming throughout the community. On May 22, 1997 the organization's name was changed to White Bear Center for the Arts. As a result of tremendous growth, WBCA moved into our current state-of-the-art facility in 2013, which has allowed the art center to expand and diversify its program offerings. WBCA is now entirely ADA-accessible, and provides a warm and welcoming home for the arts. Our art center features include: three studio classrooms, a well-equipped clay studio, an art resources library, an outdoor walking labyrinth, rain gardens, patio space and beautifully-landscaped grounds.
"WBCA is a jewel and an epicenter of discovery that wants to grow stronger and evermore rooted in the fabric of our community. Please come and find out how the universal language of art brings people together and builds friendships." - Kim Ford, WBCA Board Member
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IN LOVING MEMORY
Roberta "Robbie" Johnson
1943 - 2019
Robbie was an integral member of the White Bear Area community. She taught English at Mahtomedi High School for 28 years and served on the WBCA board for over ten years. Those who wish to honor her memory may make a gift to the art center. She is missed!