Promoting creative growth & enriching the community through art & music.

The Cause

The outpouring of community at the 2010 Post Holiday Extravaganza spawned the creation of the Midwest Art Catalyst (MWAC). With the help of my nearest and dearest. a non-profit organization was formed, with the goal to create, promote, and support artistic / musical events and ideas. In addition to donating to local art and music programs, we also sponsor fundraisers for individual causes. Our goal is to bring the community’s creatives closer together, thus making us all a bit stronger and more inspired. Get on board! MWAC is for everyone who needs a little creative stimulation to complete their lives.

Thanks for life…
Edgar Burn aka Eric Barnes

The goal of the Midwest Art Catalyst is to support the growth of the arts community in our area. We hold fundraisers to fund art and music programs in our local public schools and to provide art to the greater community. We’re always looking for new ideas!

2013-2014 Donations:

The Kids Making Music program fixes used and donated instruments for students who want to participate in band/orchestra but cannot afford an instrument. With our donation, Kids Making Music was able to refurbish 10 instruments for local students.

2014-2015 Donations:
$2000 THE 410 PROJECT:

The 410 Project has been a staple in the Mankato arts community for many years. Our donation helped the 410 Project continue to present exciting exhibitions, community events, and art sessions to kids and adults alike.


MWAC donated $5000 to the Franklin PTO, enabling pottery artist Michelle Kiesersalt to introduce all Franklin students to the pottery wheel.

2015-2016 Donations:

MWAC donated $1000 to Central High School for some much needed art supplies.

$2500 : THE 410 PROJECT:

Our donation will help the 410 Project continue to present exciting exhibitions, community events, and art sessions to kids and adults alike.

2016-2017 Donations:
Mankato 77 Lancers Marching Band

We’ve pledged $3,300 to Mankato’s Lancer’s77 to assist with this summer’s travel and uniform costs.

410 Project

$1,500 toward their storefront mural done by

Independent Donations

$1,500 to various District 77 art classrooms toward supplies and shipping.

Upcoming Events

  • Post-Holiday Extravaganza XI

    April 13th

    9:00 PM

    Nakato Bar & Grill

    Free! PHE XI Pre-Party with special guests Rad Owl, Drones and Wick

  • Post-Holiday Extravaganza 10

    April 14th

    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Mankato Brewery

    Our infamous Art Raffle, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale! This free, family-friendly event grows bigger every year! Please join us for art, music, TACOS, demos, and BEER!

  • Post-Holiday Extravaganza 10

    April 14th

    8:00 PM

    The What's Up Lounge

    Marble, My Friend Stu, and Old Towne Ghosts are ALL reuniting for a huge reunion show at the What's Up Lounge! 21 + $7 at the door

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