The Anderson Center annually hosts a variety of artistic, educational and cultural activities, including art celebrations, exhibitions, book fairs, readings, concerts, performances, lectures, classes, retreats, symposia, and other community-minded events. The work of more than 220 artists and writers is exhibited and published each year by the Center, with approximately 6,000 people from the five-state area attending events.

Other activities include "Students in the Studios," a program designed to introduce Tower View Alternative High School students to a variety of artistic media and to work one-on-one with professional artists in their studios at the Center. The "Tower View Scholarship," an award for post-secondary education, is presented each year by the Center to honor an outstanding graduate of the Tower View Alternative High School.


This signature event features award-winning authors and illustrators and the best new children’s and young adult books of the year! Taking placing throughout The Anderson Center’s beautiful, historic campus, the MN Children's Book Festival is an ideal setting for families to connect, learn and play.

Held annually on the 2nd Saturday after Labor Day.

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    Holiday Celebration of the Arts

      Shop for hand-crafted treasures made by local and regional artists and tour the historic residence built by A. P. Anderson in 1915, lovingly decorated for the season by local designers and businesses. The Holiday Celebration also includes live music, an exhibition in the Main Gallery and catered food in the center's beautiful cafeteria.

      Held each year on the first Saturday in December.

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        Books in the barn


        Books in the Barn is a three-part reading series presented each fall that offers a wide-ranging look at the work of contemporary writers. Through diverse forms and world-views, each brings a sense of connection to place and the impact of landscape on storytelling and identity. Each writer also engages in an outreach event in the Red Wing community, providing further opportunity to share their work with a broader audience.

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          year-round glassblowing sessions

            Beginning Glassblowing Classes with glassblower-in-residence Gail Dahlberg.

            • Beginning Glassblowing: Learn techniques of gathering, marvering, blocking, and blowing molten glass. Students will learn to blow their own forms and to assist other glassblowers. No prerequisite necessary.
              Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:30 pm
              Please call the Anderson Center for current dates.

            • For more information, please contact Gail Dahlberg @ 651.230-5252

            Contact us!

            For more information regarding Anderson Center Events, Classes and Retreats, please call 651-388-2009 or email: info@andersoncenter.org.

            The Anderson Center provides equal opportunity for all people to participate in and benefit from the activities of the Center, regardless of race, national origin, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, in admission, access, or employment.