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MCA to host Aug. 22 Open House

August 15, 2018

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WINONA, Minn. — As summer winds down, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites the public to attend its Fall Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 4-7 p.m.

The open house will be held at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St., in Winona and will feature a full schedule of events for attendees to enjoy.

The full schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 4-7 p.m. — Meet MCA faculty, get fitted for shoes, register for classes, play on the 8-foot floor piano, tour the facility, enter a coloring contest, stroll through Galleria Valéncia Collage Exhibit, win prizes, and enjoy treats.
  • 4-6:45 p.m. — Nutcracker Pre-Audition Workshops (must be at least 5 years old and pre-registered; $10 fee)
  • 5:45-6:15 p.m. —  Middle and high school students can learn about MCA’s National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter through National Dance Educators Organization.

The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes and enter prize drawings. Attending families have the opportunity to win MCA swag; a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store Blades to Ballet; a pass to Winona’s indoor park The Playground; tickets to a Page Series show; or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.

To pre-register for the Nutcracker Pre-Audition Workshops, visit All other events during the Fall Open House are free and open to the public.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information, go to, email, or call 507-453-5500.