Art Matters

Arne Everson
Guest Columnist

The Cambridge Center for the Arts, serving Cambridge, Isanti County and beyond, endeavors to make the arts available to all people.

CCFA offers a variety of art classes and music lessons, photography club, writers group, concerts, bus trips to arts and theater events. The Center is host to Play Inc. Community Theater, the East Central Children’s Chorus and Nordic Connection events, as well as visual arts exhibits.

The CCFA Executive Director, Susan Jacobus, has resigned effective Aug. 15. Susan was recently married and will be moving to Bloomington. We have greatly appreciated all the work she has put in to the CCFA during its first three years. We wish her all the best in her new marriage and in all of her future.  The CCFA Board will be seeking a new executive director in the near future.

The Cambridge Center for the Arts will operate in two locations during the next few months. Most of its day to day activities and classes will be at the current location, 144 SE Second Ave., in Cambridge. We also will begin to move into our new location in City Center Mall. We will use that space to house much of our art displays and collections. Over time, more and more of our classes will transition to the City Center location. As in the past, concerts and other music, dance, and theater activities will be at other locations throughout the community.

Play Inc will offer a one-night workshop of improve for adults from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Former Play Inc student and recent theatre graduate Loretta Miller will lead a workshop for anybody interested in learning improvisational theatre. The evening will include a variety of improv games and techniques. The cost of the evening is $10. However, if you email [email protected] that you are planning on attending, the cost will be $5. All participation fees will be collected at the door.

Also at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, the CCFA Nordic Connection will support a Nordic Dance workshop at the Isanti County History Center, 33525 Flanders St. NE, near the Isanti County Fairgrounds. Leading the music will be the renowned Ole Olsson’s Old Time Orchestra. Listen to the music; learn how and join in the dance. Also, 10 a.m. Thursday is a music workshop.

CCFA will present the photography of Dee Ann Sibley, titled “Uncommon Things,” from Sept. 6 through Oct. 11. An Opening Reception where you can come and meet the artist, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the current Center for the Arts location, 144 SE Second Ave., in Cambridge. This is the first all photography show at CCFA. Plan to visit and enjoy this beautiful photographic display.

Interested in volunteering? CCFA has a number of opportunities for you, including helping staff at the Center during open hours. Call the center at 763-691-9679 or visit for more information. CCFA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday from 4-8 p.m., and can be reached at 763-691-9679.