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.

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:

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.


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!

A wonderful Sunday afternoon for all ages!

Garrett Lathe, Artistic Director and Mixed Chorale Conductor
Linsey Jo Bosl, Women’s Chorale Conductor

Join YCCM in welcoming Jearlyn Steele back to Central Minnesota in this lively concert filled with diverse choral music. Ms. Steele will perform her own set of rousing gospel songs that have made her a legend.



Saturday February 15, 2014 at 7:30
Main Floor and Front Balcony: $14, Rear Balcony: $10

A fabulous night of dancing for Valentine’s Weekend! If you like Dancing with the Stars, you’ll love Beyond Ballroom Dance Company!  Consisting of professional competitive ballroom dance champions who have thrown away the rule book.  Finding inspiration in the glory days of partnership dancing, when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers swept across the stage, BBDC adds their own contemporary twist. From foxtrot to salsa, the company blends the elegance and sophistication of time-honored ballroom dances with the heart pounding rhythms of Latin dance.  This evening of original work demonstrates the beauty, sensuality, and passion of ballroom dance with the unforgettable panache for which Beyond Ballroom is so widely celebrated.

“Beyond Ballroom Dance Company takes championship ballroom dancing beyond the competitive show circuit and into a theatrical setting with sass, sensuality and panache.”   -Star Tribune

“With its fresh perspective and radical performances, Beyond Ballroom Dance Company is changing the face of ballroom in the Twin Cities.”    – Metro Magazine

Thursday January 30, 2014 – Saturday May 10, 2014

Regency Plaza

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RiversRivers are a constant flow of water, energy and matter withholding the ability to generate modification. Canyons, caves and valleys are all natural works constructed with the force of flowing water. Throughout the ages the river molded, not just the landscape of Saint Cloud, but also the lives of the people who have lived and worked here. The life of the river is everlasting vicissitude, a breath of transformation in each moment. We invite all artists to celebrate the ebb and flow of varying types of visual art that thrive in Central Minnesota.

Juror: Rachel Daly Flentje, Director of Visual Arts, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC).

Rachel has served as BTAC’s Director of Visual Arts more than 13 years. In this capacity, she oversees two exhibition spaces showcasing the work of hundreds of emerging and established artists from a five-state area. Before joining the BTAC staff, Rachel served as Executive Director of the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, Minnesota. Rachel is a well-respected member of the regional arts community and serves on the City of Bloomington’s Civic Plaza Art & Memorial Screening Commission and the Minnesota State Arts Board Percent for Art Committee for Normandale Community College. She has also served as panelist for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for more than 15 years, has juried numerous exhibitions and fairs, and has been a guest presenter to undergraduate and graduate classes at St. Mary’s University, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, and Normandale Community College.
In 2012, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture selected Rachel to attend the Regional Leadership Institute for Minnesota Arts Organizations.


(1) Fill out the form below.

(2) After completing payment, you will be sent a confirmation email with further instructions on how to send us electronic versions of your artwork(s).

Schedule of Events:

• Drop off dates and times at the Paramount:
March 24- 28, 10am – 9pm
March 29, 10am – 2pm
• March 31
Deadline for entry, 5pm
• April 4
Notification of accepted and non accepted pieces by phone or email
• April 7
Accepted online entries must be delivered
• April 10
Opening reception, 6pm – 8pm
• May 10
Show closes, 5pm
• May 12, 13
Pick up/shipping of works, 10am – 9pm


If you have questions please contact the Paramount Visual Arts Center Offices at (320)257-5928

*NOTE, Charter’s email service has been known to BLOCK our emails sent out to you at registration, we recommend using an email service such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.  Thank you.





April 28 – May 16. Local SCSU art student Lizzi Feldhege exhibits non-traditional ‘paintings’ to sculpture to installation. This exhibition explores her diverse use of materials, embellishment, and collage to create formalist, meditative ‘art objects’. Exhibit located in Studio C.