A Thriving Art Community in New London, MN





It would be a challenge to find a more beautiful lake town with such a rich, thriving arts community than you find in New London, MN. And the fantastic thing is that this community is welcoming, and there’s always room for more.  


Greenwater Garage and Creative Community at 101 South Main St S is a local favorite for both beginning and accomplished artists. Each week, in-person classes are combined in a hybrid model that includes a virtual “creativity circle,” allowing both local and faraway participants.


 Every class is a session all on its own so that you can join anytime. If you’re looking for an encouraging community where you can exchange ideas and practice your craft, this is the place. You can email  [email protected] to find out how you can join.  


The 1998 Crow River Players, a non-profit arts organization, has maintained and supported the intimate venue we know as the Little Theatre Auditorium since 1998. It’s the perfect creative space for theater productions, live music, and open mic nights. You’ll find jazz nights, film fests, and even vocal lessons. 


Come to The Auditorium Bar & Lounge for “happy hour specials” an hour before the show and enjoy a cocktail created specially to compliment the theme of the evening. A rotating selection of beer and wine is available, as are non-alcoholic creations. Click through to their calendar to see upcoming events. 


Returning after covid, the local arts community again supports Studio Hop. Local artists open their creative spaces with demonstrations and workshops. They display their paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, and more. It’s always free, and sometimes pieces are for sale. The main draw is constantly the experience of a studio visit and talking with the artists. Watch for local announcements of this annual event. 

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