White Bear Center for the Arts

Mission Statement

The mission of White Bear Center for the Arts is to provide a gateway to diverse arts experiences.

Contact Information

4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

General Information

Alternative Name
WBCA, WB Center for Arts
Principal Staff
Suzi Hudson
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Board Chair
Nor Olson
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Impact and Programs

WBCA reached more than 33,000 people through arts classes, community outreach, and events. WBCA offered over 800 high quality art classes. All classes were taught by professional artists and available for all experience levels and ages. With 5100 registrations in 2015, class participation has increased nearly 50% since 2013. WBCA hosted seven premier exhibitions. All exhibitions were free and open to the public six days and three evenings per week. WBCA’s community outreach programs reached thousands of children and adults who might otherwise have lacked access to the arts. The Arts in Elementary program served 3,700 children in White Bear Lake Area Schools, grades K-5. Each student received 6 art experiences throughout the school year from WBCA teaching artists. WBCA served approximately 75 children from low-income families at Solid Ground, a transitional housing community in White Bear Lake. WBCA served approximately 200 youth and adults with disabilities through arts classes and experiences. WBCA also offered several free community events. WBCA ensured programs were accessible to all by: offering 75 free class offerings (an increase of 400% since 2013); granting $8800 in class scholarships (an increase of 113% since 2013); and keeping tuition affordable. Programs for youth and adults with disabilities were offered free of charge or at greatly reduced prices. Exhibitions and community events were free and open to the public.
Current Goals
WBCA will increase access to diverse and high-quality arts activities in the Greater Northeast Metro region. WBCA will expand programming that serves marginalized and underserved groups. The Greater Northeast Metro community will feel more connected to art through “wow” moments.
Community or Constituency Served
Founded in 1968, White Bear Center for the Arts is the only nonprofit arts center in the northeast suburban area, offering year-round art classes in a variety of disciplines and levels providing a full array of art classes and programs for adults, families, and children. By providing a series of community-based, progressive arts experiences in a variety of disciplines including beginning to advanced study for children and youth, families, adults, and seniors, we are building creative and culturally rich communities.
Geographic Area Served
WBCA is the only nonprofit arts center in the Greater Northeast Metro Area offering a broad range of year round art classes, events, and programs. A regional presence, WBCA draws participants from more than 100 zip code districts, with the majority of participants from Ramsey and Washington counties in Minnesota.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $405,679 70%
Management $47,829 8.3%
Fundraising $126,009 21.7%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $2,622,236 $1,120,643 $944,201
Beginning of Year: $1,120,643 $944,201 $878,512
Difference: $1,501,593 $176,442 $65,689

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