Milan is a leading center of Scandinavian culture and ethnic arts in the Prairie Waters region. The Milan Village Art School boasts classes led by local artists in several folk art forms: Norwegian knife making, weaving, rosemaling and silver-smithing, just for starters.
“Syttende Mai” (Norwegian Constitution Day) in May and the Christmas Craft Sale during the holidays are two of the many popular events held in this small community each year. The Milan Community Center is a great place to hold your next gathering featuring a certified kitchen and spacious meeting rooms.
Milan Village Arts School
The Milan Village Arts School was founded in 1988, is a non-profit, member supported organization dedicated to promoting the arts. Each year, the school hosts a diverse range of classes, reflecting the rich heritage of arts within the community. Although traditional Scandinavian Folk Arts have been the foundation of the school, classes are also offered in the fabric, book, silver and other mediums.
Norwegian Syttende Mai Celebration
The Norwegian Syttende Mai Celebration offers various arts, crafts, and food vendors on main street in Milan. Some of the food served will be Lefse, flatbreads, krumkaaka, spritz, Norwegian meatballs, blod klub, Gjettost with cloudberry jam, rommegrot and much much more! Syttende Mai celebrates this heritage with traditional Norwegian foods, ethnic crafts and special events. Don’t miss this year’s Syttende Mai Celebration!
Annual Spoon Gathering
Some 10 years ago, Frank Foltz d.2009, artist, teacher and spoon carver, hatched an idea for a unique green woodworking event. In 2007, 24 people came together to celebrate the first annual Spoon Gathering at the Kromvig School for Craft. The following year, the event was moved to Milan where it has been hosted by the Milan Village Arts School ever since. What started as a small gathering of spoon carvers and enthusiasts in St. Paul has grown into a vibrant and entertaining weekend of carving, friendship, and food. In June of 2015, artisans, artists, and spoon enthusiasts will again gather at Burns Park and the Milan Village Arts School to carve, learn, and share their passion for the humble spoon, an international symbol of family, meals, and friendship.