Established in 1979, North Suburban Center for the Arts (fka Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts) is a "wellspring for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities, and education through the arts". Currently, the art center is located in an historic farmhouse and tavern. -- the Banfill-Locke House. It is an art studio that offers family-friendly art programs, readings, lessons and events.
The recent name change from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts back to North Suburban Center for the Arts (the original name in 1970) is due to a pending move. The contract with Anoka County including use of the Banfill-Locke House is running and will not be renewed. In August of 2021, the art center found their new home in a vacant fire station. Turning an old fire station into an art center will require some time and money, but it will be interesting to watch the development of the new art center. Watch for a move in 2022.
Family Art Sundays at North Suburban Center for the Arts
Family Art Sundays are free events open to all families. No registration is necessary. Visitors can participate in art making, go on an art scavenger hunt, or just enjoy art together. Anne has shared her experience at Family Art Sundays Here.
However, in 2021, in place of in person visits, the art center is offering Family Art Kits. Pre-order a free kit to pick up and take home. Each kit offers supplies and instructions to encourage families to make art and think creatively together. Reserve your Family Art Kit Here.
Reading Series at North Suburban Center for the Arts
Although probably best for families with older kids, the monthly reading series is free and open to the public. This series gives audiences a chance to hear local writers and poets read from their own works. Similarly, the Works in Progress Reading Series