Do you want to further your career as a musician? Want to know more about the music business?  Register here for two FREE open panels/Q&A with Jeremy Messersmith, Caroline Smith, Heather Allen from CMAB, Red House Records and more! These two panels will include discussion on making music a sustainable career, grant writing for individual artists, how to tour/promote your music independently, songwriting, music business, and any questions from the audience.  These two panels are completely free, but you still must register below so that we know you are coming!  Both events will be held at the Paramount.  You may register for one, or both of these FREE events below (just fill out the registration form below!)

This event is sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, 89.3 The Current, The Minnesota Music Coalition, Caravan Du Nord, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The Minnesota Music Coalition’s “Caravan Du Nord” is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Free Workshop 1: Making Music a Sustainable Career


Join us for a free discussion/Q&A with a panel including Caroline Smith (Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps), Heather Allen from CMAB,  and Allen Stanley of Red House Records.  This event is moderated by Chris Osgood (Springboard for the Arts, McNally Smith College and part of the seminal rock group Suicide Commandos). The panel will discuss grant opportunities for independent musicians. the pros and cons of finding a record label, how to tour/promote your music independently and answer any questions from the audience.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Free Workshop 2: Songwriting Workshop with Jeremy Messersmith


Jeremy Messersmith will lead a workshop on songwriting and his inspirations, motivations and methods.  This event is free!

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

MartyStuartOnStageMarty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Tuesday July 29, 1:30PM & 7:00PM
Adult: $23, Senior: $22, Groups (20+): $21

After nearly selling out two shows in the summer of 2011, Marty is returning for two more shows this July!

Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan.

Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV’s “The Marty Stuart Show”, a musical variety show and the number one show on the network.

More details…

LaurieCELOGOwebFreely based on the first nine chapters of the biblical book Genesis, Children of Eden, heralds as a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith – not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. As they move through life’s changes, the characters struggle with one of life’s greatest truths: that “the hardest part of love…is letting go.” From the creators of Wicked, Godspell, and Les Miserables, comes a joyous, inspirational musical about parents, children, and faith. (Recommended for ages 8+).

Purchase tickets HERE.

$28 – Adults
$18 – Student
$22 – Senior/Educator/Military/Group

Show Dates/Times

Thursday, July 17 at 7:30pm
Friday, July 18 at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 19 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 20 at 2:00pm*

*ASL performance

Estimated show length: 2 hrs, 30 min


June 13 – August 16, 2014
Paramount Theatre Lobbies
Open Monday – Saturday 10am -2pm

Important dates:
Entry: June 4th or 5th,10am –  4pm or June 6th 10am -3pm
Notification of accepted work: June 11th
Opening Reception: June 13th, 6-8pm
August 16 show closes
Pick up: August 18 -20, 9am -4pm

Eligibility and Rules for Entry
•            Open to all artists currently residing in Central Minnesota.
•            Open to both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork, in any medium.
•            Each artist may submit up to three entries but only two can be accepted into the show.
Rules for entry:
All entries must be original to the artist and not have been previously exhibited at the Paramount Theatre. All entries must have been executed in the past three years.

Digital Images of work will NOT be considered. All artwork must be submitted in person at the Paramount Offices. All 2-dimensional work must be suitably framed, wired with central hanging system (eyehooks and wire across the back of the framed piece). 2-D work without proper wire will be rejected! 2-dimensional work (including paintings) cannot exceed 60 inches in any dimension, including the frame, and should not exceed 30 lbs. in weight.

Any 3-dimensional work weighing more than 50 lbs. must be installed by the artist.

All work must be labeled with the artist’s name, title of the work, and price or indication of NFS.

Entry Fee:
•            $10 per piece
•            Please make checks payable to Paramount
Deadline for Entry: •June 6th 3:00 pm,
Delivery: • All artwork must be delivered to the Paramount
Between June 4th or 5th,10am –  4pm or June 6th 10am -3pm

Please include: Name, address, and phone number; title of work; medium; price or NFS.
Entry fee is due upon delivery of the artwork. Additional entry forms, in PDF format, will be available at our website.

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Stop by the Paramount and Gallery Saint Germain during the June 13th Art Crawl (5-9PM) and see exhibits, meet artists and support your local arts community!

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Art Camp for Educators and Teaching-Artists

June 16, 17, 18, 2014 – Daily from 8:30am-4:30pm
Paramount Theatre Visual Arts Center and Elk River High School


FREE! Workshop sessions are free. Attend for a one-time registration fee of $15.00. Registration fee is non-refundable.
FLEXIBLE! Register for the workshops that interest you.
LOCATIONS! Choose from two sites-Elk River or St. Cloud

This year’s Arts Camp once again is a collaborative project with ISD728 Regional Arts Partner, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Paramount Education Outreach Department and Central Minnesota Arts Board. Come learn, be refreshed, make art, network and plan for the year ahead. When you are not in sessions – shop, have coffee or lunch with friends and enjoy a Studio Pass at the Paramount.

Get a cup of coffee and decide which workshops will be on your agenda!

Click Here Workshop Schedule and Briefs to see Arts Camp schedule and workshop descriptions. Register online at (to Register for Arts Camp Click Here).  All classes have limited enrollment so register early to ensure your participation.


This Concert, scheduled last fall, has been cancelled. The St. Cloud Municipal Band is currently on tour in Germany. The band will return to the Paramount Theatre next November for their annual fall concert. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Great River Financial & Investment Services Presents…

Walkin’ Shoes Tour With Kevin Kling and Dan Chouinard

Tuesday, April 29, 2014. 7:00 pm
$16 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students, $14 MPR Members

Full of humor, music and surprises, Walkin’ Shoes brings one of Minnesota’s most significant storytellers, Kevin Kling, and Dan Chouinard together for tales from the roads they’ve traveled. Kevin and Dan kindly rely on the strangeness of others to inspire stories and songs.
Kling and Chouinard will travel to three different cities bringing their unique brand of storytelling back on the road where it was inspired. Each stop of the tour will also include a Kevin Kling storytelling workshop in a local school’s class.
This tour is part of Kevin Kling’s 3-year-original works residency with Minnesota Public Radio.
Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Pianist, accordionist and writer Dan Chouinard is a Twin Cities native who plays, tours and records regularly with a long and varied list of musicians and writers. In addition to concert work with the likes of Prudence Johnson, Maria Jette, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling and the Rose Ensemble, he also creates special programswhich blend history, memoir and music, often for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Historical Society. Two previous shows, Cafe Europa (2005, 2008) and Mambo Italiano (2006) were aired on Twin Cities public television and broadcast statewide on MPR. Whenever he can he travels the world by bicycle with tent and accordion, looking for music and a good story.

The Visual Arts Center will be closing at 5pm today. Open studio will not be available and classes will be canceled for this evening, classes will be made up at a later time.

This workshop has been postponed until April 16th due to inclement weather.

VSA Minnesota, Perpich Center for Arts Education
and Paramount Education Outreach present

Equipping teaching-artists to work with clients who have disabilities.

Friday, April 16, 2014, 9:30am-4:00pm ( April 4 -rescheduled )
Paramount Visual Arts Center, Studio C

Workshop cost $15 (includes morning coffee and noon-time meal)

For more information and to register

Join fellow teaching artists, administrators, and educators who are seeking new and better ways to make the arts a significant component in the education of learners with disabilities and other exceptional needs to broaden your knowledge, connect with others doing this work and access the expertise of the presenting organizations. This first in a series of “Reaching all Learners” professional development workshops will be hands-on, collaborative and grounded in current and ongoing projects around Minnesota.

Topics for the Workshop will include:

  • Intersection of arts and special education issues in Minnesota
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Artist to Artist collaborative inquiry
  • Universal Design for Learning

This program is provided under a contract with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Stroll downtown.  Meet friends.  Buy great art.

Art Crawl St. Cloud was organized to build and promote a more lively and diverse community through the arts, promote local and regional artists, and support historic downtown as the heart and soul of the region. Art Crawl St. Cloud expands the arts by taking it to the streets and into the local shops to provide downtown visitors with an engaging artistic experience. Come stroll downtown and visit our participating venues and artists and see all that our historic downtown has to offer.

For a list of participating artists and locations, check out our website:

Friday March 14, 1:30 & 7:30  Tickets: $20.  In addition to the spectacular 7:30 Evening concert, Ring of Kerry appears on the senior Weekday Matinee Series for the very first time. In both shows, the St. Paul Irish Dancers roar onto stage in full Celtic costume! Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. All five of its engaging musicians sing and play several instruments. With sounds that range from the thunder of the Irish bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer; from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar, to the haunting wails of flutes and pennywhistles, the band has developed a blend that is animated, ruggedly beautiful and fun. A sell-out every year!