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The Arts in Ely, MN

The Ely art scene is bursting with talent. Artists in a variety of media make Ely an exciting place to be year ‘round for exhibits and shows. The performing arts and music provide a strong base for entertainment while writers of regional and national stature provide insight into the special qualities – in nature and humans – of the area.

Take part in the arts scene when you visit Ely and you’ll be delighted with the variety and talent available.

Art Entities

  • Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust (218) 365-2639 – Provides funds for Ely arts/artists.
  • Ely Arts & Heritage Center (218-235-1721) - Locale for art classes, exhibits and events.
  • Ely ArtWalk – Storefront art show in February during Winter Festival
  • Ely Chamber of Commerce Blueberry Arts and Harvest Moon Festivals (218) 365-6123
  • Ely City Band (218) 365-5070 – Provides summer concerts
  • Ely Community Choir (218) 365-7250 – Provides winter concerts
  • Ely Community Education (218) 365-6166 Ext 224 – Special classes in the arts
  • Ely Community Resources Art Auction – Yearly fundraiser in April
  • Ely Concert Association – 4-12 concerts with high level performances on the Iron Range
  • Ely Greenstone Public Art (218) 365-5917 – Provides classes, art exhibits and special events
  • Ely Public Library – Variety of services to the public including computer access
  • Ely Public Schools (218) 365-6166 – K-12 teaching skills for life
  • Ely Winter Festival (218) 365-SNOW – Snow Carving Symposium, art exhibits and more
  • Ely’s Little Players – After school youth theater
  • Ely/Winton Historical Society (218) 365-3226 – Displays of Native American materials
  • Northern Lakes Art Association (218) 365-5070 – Offers complete arts programming
  • Vermilion Community College (218) 235-2100 – Two year basic and environmental programs
  • Vermilion Community College Library (218) 235-2158 – Provides access to services
  • Vermilion Community College Continuing Education Classes (218) 235-2163


  • Ely Public School’s Washington Auditorium (900 seats) – Renovated Art Deco
  • Vermilion Community College Fine Arts theater (185 seats)
  • Ely Arts & Heritage Center, located in Pioneer Mine Complex (300 seats)

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