The mission of Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University is to provide a wealth of creative activities and art that make life in central Minnesota an even richer experience.
Prior to the 1998-99 season, the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) presented two separate seasons of performing and visual arts events. Each institution had a long history of presenting quality performances and exhibitions in their venues. In 1998-1999 the first joint CSB/SJU "Partners in the Arts" season was presented by the newly organized Fine Arts Programming department. For the first time all performances and exhibitions were marketed as one season. This was met with a very enthusiastic response from the community.
Fine Arts Programming at CSB/SJU makes these mission commitments to the communities we serve:
- We curate a series of arts events that bring the finest regional and national artists to our community.
- We support and enhance the academic mission of CSB/SJU through our programming, resources, and personnel.
- We create institutional visibility and recognition through active leadership in local, state, and national arts organizations.
- We provide responsible fiscal management of resources and generate revenue through grants, sponsorships, and ticket sales.
- We create lifelong learning initiatives to encourage participation in the arts by "students" of all ages.
- We strengthen community resources in the arts through professional support of regional arts organizations that produce and present in our Fine Arts facilities.
- We provide professional development opportunities for educators to promote interdisciplinary teaching through the arts.
Through the continued support of the Boards of Trustees at both CSB and SJU, Fine Arts Programming has continued to grow and expand, reaching new audiences each season, while securing regional and national attention for both institutions through the arts.
FAP Box Office
College of Saint Benedict
Benedicta Arts Center
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374