We believe that culture builds community.
The Jamestown Fine Arts Association (aka: The Arts Center) is an exciting place where you can be engaged in the arts—whether you are a visual artist, actor, writer, student, audience member or supporter.
We provide a wide variety of arts activities, exposure and experience for every age group and skill level. There is always something going on here at The Arts Center.
The Arts Center is operated by the Jamestown Fine Arts Association [a 501(c)3 organization], which has been promoting the arts in the Jamestown area since 1964.
Located in the heart of downtown, the main building features an exhibition gallery, performance stage, classroom, office, artist-in-residence apartment and studio. The Art Park, a beautiful garden and green space, was added in 2008. The Hansen Arts Studio, our adjacent building, houses a ceramics studio and adult classroom space.
The Arts Center is a spot for local artists to share their talents as well as a performance and exhibition location for artists from around the world to show their talents to the Jamestown community.
Jamestown Fine Arts Association also operates the Ila & J.A. Kirkpatrick Gallery at the Frontier Village in Jamestown. The gallery is open each summer and is operated by the Artisans, a volunteer artist group.
The Arts Center receives some funding from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and other grant sources. However, cash donations, volunteer support, product donations, and membership are essential to the success of all activities
The Arts Center activities are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jamestown Fine Arts Association is supported by ArtsLab, a program of Arts Midwest.
Board of Directors
President: Bob Toso
Retired superintendent, Jamestown public schools
Vice-President: Max Post van der Burg
Research Scientist, USGS
Treasurer: Sarah Schatz
Secretary: Jennifer P. Kross
Communications specialist, Ducks Unlimited
Respiratory therapist, Anne Carlsen Center
Retired surgery nurse
Wildlife biologist, Western Ecosystems Technologies
Retired, UJ Professor of Education
Creative writer, University of Jamestown
Teacher, Jamestown Public Schools
Mary Lou Urquhart