Northfield Arts Guild Re-Opening Plans

The Northfield Arts Guild will re-open our downtown building (304 Division Street) to the public beginning on August 12, with weekly public hours of Wednesday – Friday from 12 to 5pm. Admission remains free.

We ask all visitors to wear a mask during their visits. The Guild has established increased cleaning procedures to ensure visitor safety, and ask visitors to practice social distancing and follow standard COVID safety guidelines ( If you need a mask, one will be provided at the entry. Also, admission will be limited to a maximum of 10 visitors at any given time.

Please note that, initially, only the Lobby, Main Gallery and access to office staff will be open to the public. We look forward to re-opening our Guild Gift Shop in September. In the meantime, you can shop remotely by contacting Heather Lawrenz at Fall classes will take place online beginning in September and free online Guild@Home activities continue. Look for Fall class listings in the coming weeks – and register!

Please contact Tim Peterson with any questions at

Guild Staff Changes in Response to COVID-19

The Northfield Arts Guild announced today that the organization has reduced staffing in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on public programming and revenue.  The reduction includes Megan Proft, who shared her talents as Education and Volunteer Manager for 3-1/2 years. Jared Ziegler, Performing Arts Manager, also left the organization recently and his position will not be filled at this time. 

Tim Peterson, Executive Director, Heather Lawrenz,  Visual Arts Manager, and Jennie Eubank, Education Assistant and Outreach Coordinator, remain on staff and are managing all Guild operations and programming. Please contact Tim at with any questions or for ongoing projects you have with our education and/or performing arts programs.

We greatly appreciate the dedication and contributions Megan and Jared gave the Guild during their tenures.

The Guild’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Guild is committed to a Minnesota where peace, equity and kindness prevail and we stand with our community in demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd and in actively rejecting racism and oppression.

While the Guild has long been a platform and advocate for all voices within our community, after 60 years our board and staff acknowledge we can and must do better.

We recognize we have the power to break the mold and make systemic change to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our organization. We recognize real change will take time, that we have a considerable amount of work to do, and this work will be long-term, ongoing and collaborative. We accept that responsibility and will work as an organization to reflect the values we aspire to live by. 

Our organization is in the midst of creating a three-year plan to envision the Guild of 2023 and beyond, and we invite your feedback for how we can do better in reaching full equity, diversity and inclusion. What does a community art center of the future look like to you? Let us know at

We will follow up with more ways to share your critical feedback in the weeks ahead. We are excited for all we can continue to build together.

Guild staff is back in the office!

Starting Wednesday, July 8, Guild staff will maintain on-site office hours three days a week: Wednesday-Friday from 12-5 pm. While you will be able to be reach us during office hours, our building will not be open for visitors until later this summer, as we work to finalize safety procedures. Call us at 507.645.8877 to reach a staff member during these hours. You can continue to reach all staff by email throughout the week.
Stay tuned for information about when we’ll be welcoming visitors back in our building. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Guild Update May 20

While many businesses are reopening this week, the Northfield Arts Guild is taking additional time to ensure that we are taking every precaution to safely welcome our visitors, staff and collaborators back in our buildings.

In the meantime, you can access a growing slate of Guild arts programs online. To learn more, visit us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our donors, members, sponsors and friends for continuing to support and sustain the Guild during these challenging times.

We are looking forward to sharing with you soon when and how we can safely meet again at the Guild.