New York Mills has earned accolades as an art town, a funky town, and a great small town (population: 1,200). One of its notable assets is the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, housed in a historic 1885 brick mercantile building.
The cultural center presents visual and performing arts, classes, films, and an annual philosophy competition called the Great American Think-Off every June. Visitors can watch the finalists debate their positions and vote to select “America's Greatest Thinker.”
The center’s gallery hosts about 10 exhibits per year that showcase visual art such as paintings, ceramics, photography, printmaking and textiles. A monthly program series features evening music in an intimate space with seating for 125. The gift shop sells work by regional artists and Iittala glassware, a famed Finnish line that reflects the town’s cultural heritage. Across town, the city’s sculpture park features larger-scale work by local artists.
New York Mills is in central Minnesota, about 90 minutes east of Fargo and three hours northwest of Minneapolis.