News for tomorrow: Auction in the lobby and the streets are clear

We’ve added a silent auction to the fun tomorrow night! The silent auction fundraiser AND coffee from Marc’s on Main will be located in the Commons area. Bidding will continue through the end of intermission.

Please come prepared to enjoy live music by Six Appeal, drink good coffee and bid on quality work by Meander artists!

  • Oatmeal pitcher from Tokheim Stoneware – 7″ tall – holds 1.5 quarts
  • Sami bracelet by Patrice Guyen
  • Raku fired tile by Julie Berndt

Also – the streets are open around Memorial Auditorium! Pine Street, Chestnut Street and 9th Street will all be open this weekend. Big love to the street construction crews!

Announcing the 2022-2023 Season!

We are excited to announce our full season this year. We look forward to seeing you more often, to laughing, singing along and building community.

We are pleased to provide several performances for students in our community.

Sneak peek of Charlie Roth playing Memorial Auditorium on Feb 5 at 7pm

Please join us as Dawson-Boyd Arts Association presents a night of stories and songs from singer songwriter Charlie Roth, the Emissary of the Prairie. Joined by vocalist Mary Melby & Cristina Seaborn, fiddler for the Ring of Kerry.

This will be a night to remember!

  • Saturday February 5
  • 7pm
  • Memorial Auditorium, Dawson MN
  • Adults $15 / Students $5
  • Get tickets online!

Memorial Auditorium Fall Events

Prairie Arts Chorale
Brandon Hurley, director
Sunday, November 7 – 4pm
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
Available at the door and online.

*Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is a recipient of an operating support grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Due to the construction project at the school, the lobby entrance to Memorial Auditorium is temporarily unavailable. Please use the smaller door on the same side of the building. For event details, please check our website or our Facebook page at Dawson-Boyd Arts Association – Memorial Auditorium. Thank you for your support and understanding!

Riverfest Shows June 26: The Dollipops and Divas through the Decades 

We are excited to share our line up for Riverfest Weekend in Dawson – and the good news is that both shows are FREE!

At 12:00pm [NOON] this Saturday, June 26, The Dollipops will perform at Riverside Park. Bring the kids for this family show with music and laughs!

At 2:00pm, Divas through the Decades will take the stage and perform a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music. Music, choreography, costumes & high energy will make this show a highlight of your weekend!

Bring a chair and enjoy these shows in the shade of the trees at Riverside Park – at the south end of Main Street in Dawson.

Thanks to our event sponsor – Dawson Co-op Credit Union!

Spread the word – fun for all ages!

Notice of Annual Meeting – Thursday, April 29 at 7:00pm

Please join us for Dawson-Boyd Arts Association’s Annual Meeting for fiscal year 2020. The meeting will not be long – but it will be great to see your faces again!

Two options to attend:

  • Memorial Auditorium – socially-distance seating & masks required
  • Via Zoom meeting – you will receive a link by email to join the meeting

*Note: if you are not currently receiving emails from Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, we do not have your email address. To participate via Zoom, please send your email to:

EVENT April 10 and 11: World-class violinist Midori returns to Dawson – virtually

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is pleased to welcome world-class violinist Midori back to our (virtual) stage for a weekend of virtual events. Thanks to the generosity of Midori’s Nonprofit Organization Partners in Performance (PiP) there is no cost to participate.

In 2007, Midori performed in Dawson to a sold-out audience as part of her PiP program to bring chamber music to underserved communities. In a deeply generous gesture, Midori reached out to offer encouragement to all past community partners to provide this concert at no charge to the presenter or the audience.

On Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:30am CST, Dawson-Boyd Arts Association will host a Talking Program Notes presentation. Midori will join participants to discuss her upcoming virtual recital including a question and answer session. The event will be 45 minutes in length.

The following day, Sunday, April 11 at 1:00pm CST, join us for a virtual recital. Midori will perform with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute for a program including Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, Op.13 and Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major. A live question and answer session with Midori will immediately follow the recital.

Registration Details

There is no cost to participate in the events, but registration is required to attend. Please register for each event separately. After registering, you will receive an email with the event link.

See you in the Zoom lobby!

New Traveler Stage Curtain installed at Memorial Auditorium

There may not be performances on stage right now at Memorial Auditorium, but this month a significant and long-awaited improvement was completed. The gold traveler stage curtain, circa 1960s, was replaced earlier with a new black curtain, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, Dawson-Boyd School District, community donors and a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

“We are delighted to see this new curtain installed,” says performing arts director Luanne Fondell. “The gold curtain may have fond memories for generations of people, but it was very worn out!” According to Fondell, the curtain had been mended many times and had also lost its fire-retardant properties over time. When researching the project, other improvements were required as well. For example, all the “dog chains” used to hang the existing front curtain were no longer acceptable.

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association launched the fundraiser campaign to replace the gold curtain last November during the annual Give to the Max Day for non-profits in Minnesota. Later in the winter, Fondell wrote a grant to Southwest Minnesota Arts Council through its Equipment & Facilities Improvement grant program.   The $10,000 grant was awarded in March and the Arts Association began working with Centre Stage Manufacturing in Sauk Centre to order the curtains. The process of dying and sewing the curtains took approximately twelve weeks. DBAA previously worked with Centre Stage when the back stage curtain was replaced in 2010.

Others who have helped with this project are audience members who designated gifts to this curtain project and also contributed to the “coffee bowl” in the lobby during performances. “Our thanks to every single person who helped with this project,” says Fondell. “Each donation makes a difference when big projects like this are done. We can’t wait to use it!”