Blue Water

Our History

Northern Lakes Arts Association has been a staple in Ely, Mn since 1988. This company was founded on the premise of using the arts to better our community. Through out the years NLAA has produced production in all four seasons, brought in touring artists from around the country and the world, developed the Snow Sculpture Symposium that became Ely's Winter Fest and much more. As we approach our 35th anniversary we are excited to expand our organizations capacity and to help Ely become an arts destination. We believe that investing in the arts only create a more vibrant community. 

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The Snow Sculpture Symposium

NLAA help create the snow sculpture contest  and symposium that evolved into what is now become the "Ely Winter Festival". Here are some photos from when  NLAA first started the even.  

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Professional Productions

NLAA has been producing professional productions since we began. We have produced and sponsored over one hundred musicals, plays, and performances. We are committed to bringing the community productions that inspire and engage our community.

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Reflections Dance Company

Reflections Dance Company has been a part of NLAA for the past 4 years. Directed by Molly Olson this dance company offers accessible dance classes that elevate dancers. We produce two dance concerts a year showcasing the work that this company is creating. Recently their film Home on Earth was featured at the North x North International Film Festival.