History, Mission, Personnel & Annual Report
Founded July 16, 1979 as the Arts and Heritage Council, the Arts Center of Saint Peter was established by and for the community to share the great treasures of music, art, theater, literature, poetry and dance.
With the loss of Arts and Heritage Council’s home in a historic school building in the March 1998 St. Peter tornado, in 1999 the Arts Center of Saint Peter re-organized and in June 2000 opened its newly acquired and remodeled facility at 315 South Minnesota Avenue. Here, the Arts Center offers wheelchair-accessible gallery and performance space, as well as space for arts group meetings and art classes.¬†The Arts Center is also the home of Southern Minnesota’s premier Clay Center, with studio space for 14 renters, classes for students of all ages and ability levels, and monthly open studio experiences (second Sunday of the month 5-7 p.m., free instruction provided; children must be accompanied by participating adults).
The purpose of today’s Arts Center of Saint Peter remains to promote education, interest in and support for the fine arts through exhibitions, performances, education and outreach. Many founding members, including Joel and Carol Moline, remain active as volunteers and advisors to the Arts Center Board of Directors, staff, and teaching artists.
2016 Board of Directors
- Shawn Schloesser, President
- Laurie Dietrich, Treasurer
- Britta Higginbotham, Secretary (ex-officio)
- Tammy Bohlke
- Kelly Holland
- Joel Jackson
- Krystal Pierce
- Jennifer Taylor
- Jan Waller
- Malia Wiley
Staff & Lead Volunteers
- Ann Rosenquist Fee, Executive Director, 507-351-6521 (cell)
- Juana Arias, Clay Center Manager, 507-931-3630
- Stephanie Thull, Gallery Shop Coordinator & Operations Assistant, 507-931-3630
- Carol Moline, President Emerita & Membership Coordinator
- Joel Moline, Gallery Committee Chair
- Judie Bjorling, Grant Writer
View or download the Arts Center’s 2015 annual report and financials.
In the belief that the arts are vital to a healthy community, the Arts Center of Saint Peter is committed to providing challenging exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages, interests, and abilities.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Arts Center of Saint Peter provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Arts Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
The Arts Center expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the Arts Center‚Äôs employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.