OUTREACH EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

The Anderson Center annually hosts a variety of artistic, educational and cultural activities, including art celebrations, exhibitions, book fairs, readings, concerts, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, 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.


MINNESOTA CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

This signature event showcases award-winning authors and illustrators and the best new children’s and young adult books of the year! An ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn, and play, the MN Children's Book Festival has received national acclaim for its efforts to promote literacy among young people. Held annually on the 2nd Saturday after Labor Day.

The 2021 Festival on September 18 includes family-friendly activities and presentations by eight award-winning authors & illustrators: Molly Beth Griffin, Denise Lajimodiere, David LaRochelle, Mélina Mangal, Magdalena Mora, Jacqueline West, Mike Wohnoutka, and Kao Kalia Yang.

    2021 Event Details

    MINNESOTA CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

    This signature event showcases award-winning authors and illustrators and the best new children’s and young adult books of the year! An ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn, and play, the MN Children's Book Festival has received national acclaim for its efforts to promote literacy among young people. Held annually on the 2nd Saturday after Labor Day.

    The 2021 Festival includes family-friendly activities and presentations by 8 award-winning authors & illustrators: Kao Khalia Yang, Magdalena Mora, Molly Beth Griffin, David LaRochelle, Mike Whonoutka, Jacqueline West, Mélina Mangal and another writer TBA.

      2020  Event Details

      MINNESOTA CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL

      This signature event showcases 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 Tower View campus, the Festival is an ideal opportunity for families to connect, learn and play. Held annually on the 2nd Saturday after Labor Day.

      The 2020 Festival includes 6-8 high-quality video presentations by some of the region's top children's authors, as well as distanced activities for families on-site at Tower View.

        2020  Event Details

        Holiday Art Fair & Home Tour

            Shop for hand-crafted treasures made by local and regional artists at a holiday art fair and tour the Historic Tower View Residence as it is lovingly decorated for the holidays by local designers and businesses. Held the first weekend in December.

             

            2021 Event Details

            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. Books will be available for purchase and signing at each reading. Each writer also engages in an outreach event in the Red Wing community, providing further opportunity to share their work with a broader audience.

            former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, Chris Martin, and Layli Long Soldier. Tickets are on sale now! Limited space is also available for "Happy Hour Meet & Greet" events with Tracy K. Smith & Layli Long Soldier.
             
            Special thanks to our sponsors: Graywolf Press & Xcel Energy Minnesota Foundation
              2021 Series Details

              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.