Vision | Mission | History

The Cultural Centre in Bird Island, Minnesota seeks to enrich the lives of our regional community by making the arts an essential part of community and community an essential part of the arts. We believe participation in the arts, wellness, and socialization enhances the quality of people’s lives and community wellness.

Our mission is to integrate the arts into the community and to reflect the community in the arts. We believe the quality of life is enhanced by ensuring the arts are an active part of the social fabric of the community and beyond. Participation in the arts, whether active or passice, leads to discourse, communication between people of all ethnicities, religious affiliation, genders and age groups. We believe through discourse the human condition becomes authentic for the individual and the community at large.

In July 2016, the vision of a community based art centre emphasizing relationship building, art and wellness began taking form. Discussions between Gordy Blem, owner of the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home and recenty retired owners of Glesener’s Incorporated provided a synchronistic blend between need and desire. Mark and Rosemary began work establishing a non-profit entity to fulfill their vision of a creative community gathering place.

The Centre was legally registered as the Bird Island Cultural Centre on November 8, 2016 as a nonprofit by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) as of November 22, 2016. As noted, the original name of our organization was “Bird Island Cultural Centre”, however, because we go beyong the borders of our small town, we changed the name to “The Cultural Centre in Bird Island”.

The Cultural Centre’s role in the community is to facilitate the creation of a space which enhances socialization, art appreciation and thoughtful discourse. We achieve this through monthly art exhibits, music lessons, social gatherings, art classes, writing seminars, Story Shows, First Aid/CPR, etc. Although this space is filled with activities, we strive to maintain an environment that is relaxing and welcoming – a soft place, a retreat, an environment where pondering and inspiration are nurtured.

In September 2017, The Centre purchased the historic Tinnes-Baker House, an early 1900 Craftsman-style design brick house on Highway 212 (the historic Yellowstone Trail) in downtown Bird Island. The house is currently being evaluated for National Registry Designation and its planned use will be to enhance the Cultural Centre’s many programs. You can find more about the Baker House Project here.

Photographs by Daniel J. Hoisington, March 2018


Krstyl Louwagie - March 2021

Cartooning. Influenced from early childhood by illustrated fairy tale books, super-hero comics and animated cartoons. She is the marketing coordinator for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Jim and Trisch Beilke - April 2021

Basketry and wooden boats. Working with natural materials such as feathers, antlers, seegrass, jute and wood this exhibition is a feast for those who have a love for natural materials.

Don Sherman - May 2021

Papermaking. A Southwest Minnesota State University adjunct professor and retired photographer using native and invasive plants sometimes blended with commercially produced fibers.

Pat Amberg and Sons - June 2021

Sculpture. A kick off to the Island Day's celebration emphasizes the importance of family and the relationship between fathers and sons.

Jim Brooks - July 2021

Woodworking. This exhibition will also include a woodturning workshop on the green space of the Cultural Centre.

McKenna Lilja - August 2021

Mixed media. An exhibition filled with oil paint, pastels, found objects and textiles that turns the mundane into extrodinary.

Nan Karr Kaufenberg - September 2021

Linoleum block prints. An award winning artist with a distinct style unlike many other styles of painting and imagery.

Dona Larkin - October 2021

Paint. Another award winning, national/world renowned artist who works as a freelancer for commissioned original art work.

Sheila Jacobs - November 2021

Pottery, paint. Known for her stain glass creations, watercolor and most recently pottery, she is lauded as a home-grown artist and conservationist with deep respect from our state-wide community.


640 Dogwood Avenue P.O. Box 434
Bird Island, MN 55310
(320) 365-1011

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

or By Appointment

Summer Hours 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday 1-4pm