Free Family Day

Day of the Dead Poets Slam takes over Rochester Art Center’s Free Family Day!

Rochester Arts Ensemble will be leading kids and families through Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) crafts and activities, including decorating candles, decorating sugar skulls (made of real sugar!), and making papel picado. You can take your craft home after you’re done, or place it on a community altar for Day of the Dead!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.



Day of the Dead Poets Slam 2017

Rochester Art Ensemble’s 4th Annual Day of the Dead Poets Slam is here! Day of the Dead Poets Slam is a combination of a Poetry Slam and Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Doors open: 6:00 PM
Performance by Mexica Yololt & Mexica Yolotlzin (Aztec Dancers): 6:40 PM
Day of the Dead Poets Slam: 7:00 PM

Day of the Dead Poets Slam honors late and great poets through the crucible of the world famous Poetry Slam. Poets arrive in character as their favorite dead poet, think Maya Angelou vs. Walt Whitman vs. Sylvia Plath vs. Pablo Neruda etc., and deliver high powered performances of that poet’s works in an electrifying head to head competition for cash, prizes and glory. Poets are encouraged to use props, costumes and makeup while they compete in an environment festooned with Day of the Dead decorations, including altars, colorful papel picado, decorated sugar skulls and more!

Rowdy audience participation is encouraged by cheering for poems you love, and booing the judges when you disagree with their scores. Audience members are also encouraged to wear calavera style makeup, and come dressed as their favorite dead poet! We will have a makeup artist on hand to help with face painting at the event.

There will be t-shirts and other items available for purchase. There will be free snacks available throughout the night, and a cash bar available for alcoholic beverages. Please bring ID if you wish to buy from the cash bar.

For more information about these events, visit

Day of the Dead Poets Slam 2017 is a production of Rochester Art Ensemble.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.


Give to the Max Day

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event.

Please join us on November 16, 2017, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives by offering:

  • contemporary art exhibitions that encourage dialogue, curiosity, enjoyment and reflection
  • arts education activities that connect adults and children to their creativity in new and compelling ways
  • public programs & events that engage visitors and build community
  • collaborations that challenge boundaries and break down barriers while offering opportunities for shared achievement

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? On November 16, every gift made on will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. Your gift of $10 or more could instantly turn into an extra $1,000!

Here’s the really exciting part: One donation made on during the Give to the Max  campaign will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket!

The more gifts we generate on during Give to the Max Day, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!

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mnartistsorg Workshop will present a workshop in the third floor conference room at RAC on how to use their artist resource site and how to create an artist profile on the site for others to see.

Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public

This event is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot, email or call 507-282-8629.




Locavore Artist Talks

Please join the Locavore artists for artist speed round talks.  We wanted to offer insight with the artists and their work for Locavore, but with an exhibition of this scope, we are doing it in a speed round, so each artist in the juried exhibition will have an opportunity to say a few words if they would like.  Artists will each have about five minutes to speak about their work.  Please stay for refreshments and questions after.