Spring Musical: Working

Performances are April 16 – 25 at the VCC Theater.  Tickets available online (general admission only). Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the […]

Hot Club of Duluth

The Hot Club of Duluth (Veikko Lepisto on upright bass, Billy Barnard on jazz guitar, and Eli Bissonett on violin) appears in their Ely debut performance on Saturday, April 4th, 7 PM, at the VCC Theater. Formed about a year ago, the HCD has garnered a reputation for lively performance of timeless hot club jazz, delta […]

Welcome Our New Executive Director, Cindy Beans

Welcome Cindy Beans, NLAA Executive Director

A message from Cindy: When the opening for an Executive Director of the Northern Lakes Art Association came to my attention it more than peaked my interest. I contribute some of my success as an adult to the opportunities that NLAA provided me during my adolescence; Prairie Fire Theater was instrumental in my development and […]

Writers Read

Writers’ Read – 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Front Porch Coffee & Tea Co.  FREE – no tickets necessary.

Visual Art Gathering

From 5:00 – 7:30 the first Monday of each month, visual artists gather at A Taste of Ely to participate in a “hands-on art project.”  Materials are provided at no cost.  Come and have some creative fun!  FREE – no tickets necessary.

Welcome to Northern Lakes Arts

Welcome to ElyArts.org, home of Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) in Ely, Minnesota, gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Arrowhead country of Minnesota has a natural beauty that attracts artists and those who enjoy and support the arts.

The mission of the NLAA is to support and develop the arts – visual, performing and literary – in order to enrich the quality of life in Ely and the surrounding area. We create events in which culture of all types can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area.  Read more about us here.

NLAA sponsors events in the visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, and music. We also sponsor events especially for children throughout the year.  We’d love for you to become a member and/or volunteer your services.

For more information on Ely and the BWCA, please visit Ely Chamber of Commerce.

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