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Each year, Rochester Art Center offers a large variety of youth and adult education programs. These exceptional offerings include classes, workshops, film screenings, lectures, and gallery tours for all ages. Programs are designed to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Youth programs, such as Total Arts Day Camp, provide valuable hands-on art experiences under the direction of professional Art Center Educators and also through guest artists. For more information about tour and workshop opportunities, or to schedule a private group tour or workshop, see below. 

The Rochester Art Center is an accessible facility and participation by all people is encouraged. Individuals needing physical, visual, audio or other accommodations are encouraged to notify in advance at or by calling 507-722-2552.

Free Family Days

Select Sundays | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us at Rochester Art Center for a day filled with artistic wonder and family-friendly fun! We invite you to immerse yourselves in the world of creativity through hands-on art activities and engaging guided tours of our captivating exhibitions.


Drop In Tours

Saturdays & Sundays | 1:00 PM

Enjoy an in-person, guided tour of the Rochester Art Center and find out about the museum’s local history, stunning architectural design, and current exhibitions.


Open Studio

Fridays & Saturdays | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Drop in for an entrée of creative projects or bring your own supplies and projects to the Rochester Art Center!


Routine and illness: A conversation about labor, care and structure

Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 PM

Join us for an online program with artist Weng San Sit, Hanna Barton PH.D., and Kasey Boehmer PH.D., M.P.H.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Drew Maude-Griffin

Sunday, March 3, 2024 | 1:00 PM

We are pleased to welcome interdisciplinary artist Drew Maude-Griffin to lead a tour of their artwork as part of the current exhibition "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Lauryn Youden: Virtual Reading and Artist Talk

Saturday, March 9 | 11:00 AM

Join us for a reading and artist talk with artist Lauryn Youden. Youden will read live on zoom from her original text "The More I Listen To My Body, The More I Hear It Screaming."


Sound Bowls

March 6, April 3, May 1 at Noon and 5:30 PM

Discover the healing effects of a sound bath featuring crystal singing bowls, known for creating unique and soothing sounds scientifically proven to impact both physical and emotional well-being.


Artist Spotlight Tour with Jennifer Bastian

Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM

Join us to learn more about artist Jennifer Bastian and her artwork featured in "Chronicles of the Chronic."


Figure Drawing

Select Wednesdays 6:00-8:00PM

Open to all artists and art enthusiasts, from beginner to expert, this session includes a live, semi-clothed model, starting with short gestural poses and moving into longer holds.


Each summer, the Art Center is proud to offer Total Arts Day Camp (TADC), where youth engage in creating their own artworks, learning from professional artists, and thinking about the world around them. Through a one week-long session, students build artist’s skills and confidence in the visual arts. Several sessions are offered each summer and provide flexible enrollment options for families with students going into grades 1-6. The final day of each session concludes with a showcase presented by the students for their families. TADC was initiated in 1971 by artist Judy Onofrio, and we are pleased to continue her legacy of learning and creativity for youth. 

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