St. Cloud Arts Commission

The St. Cloud Arts Commission is a citizen board appointed by the Mayor to advise the city on matters of arts and culture.  The Arts Commission is part of the Planning Department and oversees development and execution of the City's Community Cultural Arts Plan.

St. Cloud Placemaking Plan & Design Manual is now available.
Arts Award
The Arts Award was created to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations whose contributions to the arts have made our community a better place to live.  Eligible Arts Awards recipients include: individual visual artists, literary artists, performing artists, arts organizations, and art supporters including, but not limited to, volunteers, board members, educators, leaders, and philanthropists.

The Arts Award is presented annually before the Lemonade Concert at the Granite City Days opening ceremonies.
  1. 2014
  2. 2013
  3. 2012
  4. 2011
  5. 2010
  6. 2009
  7. 2008
  8. 2007
  9. 2006
  10. 2005
  11. 2004
  12. 2002
  13. 2001
  14. 2000
Mimi Bitzan

Mimi Bitzan is a tireless arts advocate, volunteer, patron, and donor to the arts in the St. Cloud Community. For the past six years she has been the leader of the ArtWORKS initiative which brings community leaders together to move the goals of the St. Cloud Cultural Arts Plan forward. She has been instrumental in the creation of the online arts event site Around the, the inclusion of the arts in the Greater St. Cloud Community Priorities, and the completion of the St. Cloud Placemaking Plan – which focuses on incorporating art and artists into all community building projects.

As if all of this weren’t enough, Mimi also gives her support generously to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, the United Way of Central MN, the Greater St. Cloud Economic Development Corporation, and the Central MN Community Foundation – where she continues to lead the charge for a long-term arts endowment.

Mimi has served on numerous arts organization boards, including United Arts of Central MN; and has been the Chairperson of the Paramount Gala. She continues to be a generous giver of time, talent, and support to the arts in St. Cloud.