About

 

The Wildwood Artist Series is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1990 as a committee of the Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt foundation.  The goal of Wildwood Artist Series is to present quality, diverse, family-appropriate arts events, and to encourage an appreciation of the fine arts in the community.

A small group of volunteers collaborates to make the series sensational year after year, and each person’s passion for the arts is what ensures that every performance is special and enjoyable for all who come to watch.

Among the many notable entertainers who have performed on the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center stage are:  Arlo Guthrie, The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats, Cirque Zuma Zuma, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), John McCutcheon, Cherish the Ladies, Pat Donahue, Billy McLaughlin, The Okee Dokee Brothers,  the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus ( the latter two were co-sponsorships with St. Andrew’s Church and performed in their Sanctuary).

Providing educational opportunities in the performing arts is a primary goal of the Wildwood Artist Series.  We have done so by awarding performing arts scholarships and by setting up educational outreach programs in the schools where students learn directly from performers on our evening series.  In future years the Wildwood Artist Series will fund extended residencies by professional performing artists (clinicians, composers, arrangers, and artists of various cultural backgrounds) who will work closely with students in each of the four District 832 schools.  Donations for the above initiatives are gratefully accepted.

We recognize the ability to teach, intrigue, and transform through the power of the performing arts, and we welcome you to join us as we embark on this journey that is the Wildwood Artist Series.  If you would like to become a member of the committee that plans each season’s events please contact Ellie at 651-426-3640 or email me at ebruner@comcast.net.

Thank you!  Ellie Bruner

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