Midwest Art Catalyst

Midwest Art Catalyst A non-profit organization created to support Mankato's artists, musicians, and educational programs t

Our art community has lost a great leader. Rest well friend.
12/10/2023

Our art community has lost a great leader. Rest well friend.

We are very saddened by the loss of good friend, artist, and community leader Tom Bliese. Tom has played a huge role in our creative community for many many years. From being an educator to leading the way of the GRS Fine Arts Festival. We will miss him greatly and wish his family and friends strength and healing. ❤️❤️

11/24/2023

In Sean Sherman’s modern Indigenous kitchen, every dish is made without wheat flour, dairy, cane sugar, black pepper, or any other ingredient introduced to the continent after Europeans arrived.

11/22/2023
Check out sidetracked!
11/17/2023

Check out sidetracked!

When you shop at sidetracked you support an artist, a poet, a gift shop that gives back! We recently donated a huge box of yarn to the Waseca Women's Prison, These women give back by creating items that are then gifted to others. Our free Open Studio Space has served over 300 creatives this year and donated time and products. Giving can bring about a much needed chain reaction. Thank you.

11/16/2023

Volunteer Form Oh yes! We’d love for you to lend a hand, fill out the form below or send us an email, and let us know you want to help. We’ve got jobs as easy as hanging posters around town, or helping with set-up and take-down. Or if you’d like to get more involved, we’ve got bigger jobs li...

What a great deal from one of our sponsors!
11/14/2023

What a great deal from one of our sponsors!

***NOV 15-Dec 25***
It’s our Annual Gift Card Sale!!! Buy one gift certificate for $50 or more, get a FREE $50 gift card good for a year!!! (Limit 2 per customer) Gift certificates can be purchased at www.meccatattoo.com or at Mecca Tattoo, 115 S Broad St, Mankato,MN Mon-Sat 12-5pm!

Can’t wait for this!
11/10/2023

Can’t wait for this!

Have you SAVED THE DATE yet?

Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends!

11/10/2023

Haven’t heard of GSR Fine Art Festival yet? I’m sure you’ve heard of many of the local artists and vendors, though! A handful of them had booths at last year’s MANIFEST festival and we can’t wait to see if they’ll come back to us in 2024! Triple Falls has a great interview with Tom Bliese to talk all things GSR!

Check out this great show of artistic talent if you’re in Mankato looking to support artists and artisans predominantly ...
11/10/2023

Check out this great show of artistic talent if you’re in Mankato looking to support artists and artisans predominantly from the Midwest! This is a great way to shop local and support our community. Thank you to Tom Bliese for all your ongoing efforts in keeping this around and building it up to the event it is! GSR Fine Art Festival!

Planning is offically underway for MANIFEST 2.0! Megan Hoogland and Dinah Langsjøen enjoyed table talk and tea time at C...
11/08/2023

Planning is offically underway for MANIFEST 2.0! Megan Hoogland and Dinah Langsjøen enjoyed table talk and tea time at Curiosi-Tea House - Mankato today to get a start on next year’s event!

If you’d like to become involved on a committee or as an artist, please send an email to [email protected] to get on our contact list!

Guys! Check this out at the Blue Earth County Library!
11/01/2023

Guys! Check this out at the Blue Earth County Library!

Join us today at 7pm for a virtual author event with John Stamos!

Full House star John Stamos will lead us through his incredibly moving and vulnerable memoir, "If You Would Have Told Me."

Learn more and register here: https://libraryc.org/beclibrary/32961

Save the date! We are long-ime supporters of the 410 Project❤️
08/23/2023

Save the date! We are long-ime supporters of the 410 Project❤️

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!! 🎈❤️🎈❤️
The 410 Project is celebrating 20 years of being a part of the Mankato community and we are ready to party. On October 20th, 5-9pm join us at the Mankato Brewery. We have so many amazing things planned so stay tune for all the details, you won’t want to miss this! ❤️

06/25/2023

This is SO COOL! You can watch the shoot from your seat! We still have A LOT of space for walk-ins til 7!

Come to the Number 4! Even if it’s just to hang out:) Food and drink specials til 7!
06/25/2023

Come to the Number 4! Even if it’s just to hang out:) Food and drink specials til 7!

Guys! Please share! Make sure to come down ti the Number 4 this Sunday to hang out with us! Josh Madson takes the best p...
06/21/2023

Guys! Please share!

Make sure to come down ti the Number 4 this Sunday to hang out with us! Josh Madson takes the best pictures, and there are plenty of time for walk-ins SO COME EARLY! We want this to be an all day hang out/happy hour, it’s going to be so cool!

The photos taken are for the MANKATO COMMUNITY COLLAGE 2023project that will be installed at the Coffee Hag this fall…Hope to see you there!

05/15/2023

It was SO GOOD to see everyone at MANIFEST last weekend!!! Please send all of your pics from the day to [email protected], we would love to start a yearly photo album❤️

05/14/2023

Thank you Mankato!!! We were devastated to have to move MANIFEST from the Blue Earth County Library, but are so incredibly grateful that the historic Kato Ballroom was able to take us in!

Thank you to everyone that attended, to all the organizers and volunteers…Thank you to the fantastic vendors, the activity organizers, the demonstrators, the food trucks, and the AMAZING bands for making the event EPIC and being so understanding and flexible to the last minute changes…and thank you to all of our sponsors! We appreciate the support for a 1st Annual event!

MANIFEST has been amazing so far!!!
05/13/2023

MANIFEST has been amazing so far!!!

***ANNOUNCEMENT**We are keeping our Art Raffle/Silent Auction open til 6!!! Raffle winners called at 6:15!!!Our Art Raff...
05/13/2023

***ANNOUNCEMENT**

We are keeping our Art Raffle/Silent Auction open til 6!!! Raffle winners called at 6:15!!!

Our Art Raffle is up!!!come to MANIFEST now, the Art Raffle/Silent Auction goes til 4! Winners called at 4:30!

There are A TON of vendors here! And kids activities! And food trucks! And live music!

THank you to everyone that helped make the transition to the Kato Ballroom!

Wait! There’s more! These lithographs were also donated, and will be available to bid on at our Silent Auction at MANIFE...
05/12/2023

Wait! There’s more! These lithographs were also donated, and will be available to bid on at our Silent Auction at MANIFEST, which has now moved to the Kato Ballroom!

Make sure to get to MANIFEST early, the Art Raffle/Silent Auction runs from 12-4, Raffle will be called at 4:30!!! (event runs til 8:) Raffle and Auction proceeds go to benefit local art and music programs❤️

Our Art Raffle for MANIFEST, now moved to the Kato Ballroom, just keeps getting better! These stunning 24x36” lithograph...
05/12/2023

Our Art Raffle for MANIFEST, now moved to the Kato Ballroom, just keeps getting better! These stunning 24x36” lithographs we donated, and will be available to win from 12-4, with the winner being drawn at 4:30!

Make sure to get to MANIFEST early, the Art Raffle/Silent Auction runs from 12-3:30, Raffle will be called at 4:30!!! (event runs til 8:) Raffle and Auction proceeds go to benefit local art and music programs❤️

***KIDS GIVEAWAY!***Key City Bike donated TWO bikes, and we’re giving them away! Kids activities start at NOON tomorrow ...
05/12/2023

***KIDS GIVEAWAY!***

Key City Bike donated TWO bikes, and we’re giving them away! Kids activities start at NOON tomorrow and our winner will be announced at 4:30! (Event runs til 8:)

Due to bad weather tomorrow we have moved the event to the Kato Ballroom! Please share:)

05/12/2023

***ANNOUNCEMENT***

Due to the inclement weather expected tomorrow, MANIFEST will be moving the entire event to the Kato Ballroom at 200 Chestnut St, Mankato. Doors open at 11:30, hope to see you tomorrow!

Sugar Belly of Mankato got a well-deserved award for her incrEDIBLE artistic talent yesterday at Twin Rivers Council for...
05/12/2023

Sugar Belly of Mankato got a well-deserved award for her incrEDIBLE artistic talent yesterday at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts “Best In Art!” Did we mention that she donated a voucher for a Year of Macarons to the silent auction tomorrow??

Come bid on it as well as all of the fantastic prizes on May 13th inside the *NEW LOCATION* Kato Ballroom, from 12-3:30!

We have more additions to the Art Raffle at MANIFEST! Thankyou Justin Ek for the woven art, and to Xolotli Bembe Ek for ...
05/11/2023

We have more additions to the Art Raffle at MANIFEST! Thankyou Justin Ek for the woven art, and to Xolotli Bembe Ek for the hand-made knife!
Alex is teaching a flint knapping class this Sat at the Kato Ballroom at noon, make sure to come early to join!

Make sure to get to MANIFEST early, the Art Raffle/Silent Auction runs from 12-3:30, Raffle will be called at 4:30!!! (event runs til 8:) Raffle and Auction proceeds go to benefit local art and music programs❤️

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