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
Dan Wachtler
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Impact and Programs

In 2013, WBCA reached more than 33,000 people through arts classes, community outreach, and events. WBCA offered over 700 high quality art classes in 2013. All classes were taught by professional artists and available for all experience levels and ages. The number of class registrations increased by 13% from 2012. The Arts in Elementary program served 3,700 children in White Bear Lake Area Schools, grades K-5. Each student received 5 art experiences throughout the school year from a WBCA teaching artist. This partnership received the Innovative Partnership Award from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in 2010. WBCA hosted two on-site exhibitions in 2013. WBCA's outreach provided approximately 30 more exhibitions in public locations including Dunn Brothers, Northeast Youth & Family Services, Northeast Metro YMCA, and Washington Conservation District.
Current Goals
In 2014, WBCA will: increase by 10% the number of new artist-designed classes and/or activities designed and led by artists; increase by 10% the number of new participants in diverse arts experiences; increase by 10% the number of memberships supporting WBCA.
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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