Wildwood Artist Series

Artist Residency Program

The Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program

The Wildwood Artist Series

Ellie Bruner

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.

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.

Artist Residency Program

In 2023

After 30+ years of leading the Wildwood Artist Series, Ellen (Ellie) C. Bruner  stepped down from her management role.  It is the distinct honor and pleasure for the new administration to  rename the Wildwood Artist Series Professional Performing Artist Residency Program to the Ellen C. Bruner Professional Performing Artist Residency Program. If you are interested in donating to the Ellen C. Bruner fund in honor of Ellie Bruner's contributions to WAS and to support this ongoing program, click here.

In 2022

Peter Mayer explained to 3rd – 5th grade students at OH Anderson School how he composes his songs and about the guitar. Each residency concludes with a concert for the public which is videotaped and put into a media library for all teachers to access. Donations to the above initiatives are gratefully accepted.

After a little break for COVID-19

in 2020

James Hersch also led K-2 students at Wildwood School to write the lyrics and melodies to themes from their favorite children’s books.

In 2019

Kyle Pederson encouraged Middle and High School Choir students to see themselves as composers and lyricists as they composed their own pieces of choral music.

In 2018

Dr. Scott Agster worked with Middle and High School Band students, focusing on learning musicianship and improvisational skills.

In 2017

JD Steele motivated 3rd – 5th grade students to find their “inner voice” and gave them an understanding of Black Gospel Choral style and culture.

In 2016

WAS initiated the Wildwood Artist Series Professional Performing Artist Residency Program which funds extended residencies by professional performing artists (clinicians, composers, arrangers and artists of various cultural backgrounds) who work closely with students in each of the four District 832 schools. In 2016 students at Wildwood Elementary School learned Swedish and American folk songs and dances under the tutelage of Ross Sutter.

WAS recognizes 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 the WAS President Julie Molitor at [email protected]

Thank you! The Wildwood Artist Series