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.

Northfield Arts Guild announcing $13,000 matching gift

A letter from the Northfield Arts Guild’s Board of Directors

Dear Friends,

Since our founding in 1959, the Northfield Arts Guild’s purpose has been to bring our community together through a rich array of arts opportunities and experiences serving people of all ages and abilities.

The Guild and our community have long shared the belief that the arts are essential for a vibrant city. Over the decades, we have celebrated successes and overcome adversities together – but now we are confronted with an extraordinary set of challenges that is unlike anything we have ever faced before.

For the first time in our history, we have had to temporarily close our doors to assist with coronavirus containment. Being a gathering space is essential to who we are, but we have done what is necessary to help contain this virus. This has required the hard decision to cancel or postpone plays, concerts, receptions, many classes and daily gallery and gift shop hours. 

Our financial survival is dependent on ticket sales and class tuition, with half of our annual budget coming from earned income. Like other area businesses, our dedicated staff and a broad network of area individuals and businesses rely on us for all or part of their livelihood. 

We are asking our community to rally in support of the Guild. Please make a contribution today to ensure our future

Our board of directors and friends of the Guild have established a $13,000 matching gift, so please know that your support at this pivotal time will be doubled.

These challenges have also inspired us to expand our electronic presence. Staff and instructors are actively rolling out online arts activities and engagement on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Your support will also make these engagement efforts possible.

For many members and supporters, their touchstone for culture and friendship is the Guild. We look forward to when we can gather together again at the Guild for a play, concert, class or exhibition. We are all in this together.

Thank you for your support.

Rolf Kragseth
Board President

Tim Peterson
Executive Director

Board members:

Connie Albers

Nancy Carlson

Susan Carlson

Pepe Kryzda

Judy Kutulas

David McKee

Rachel Gordon Mercer

Amy Pagel

Christina Sauer

Fernando Sevilla

David Shelby, Youth Member

Marta Sorenson, Youth Member

Katie Warren

Guild Theater 60th Season Updates

Dear Guild Theater friends,

It’s been such a delight getting to know the Northfield community and the outstanding talented artists that fill every inch of the Guild Theater with art, both behind the scenes and onstage. I hope you are well, and finding moments of joy and performance from home.

After much thoughtful consideration, the Northfield Arts Guild has decided to suspend the remainder of our 60th Anniversary Theater Season. Given the uncertainty around public gatherings and the many weeks of advance planning needed to stage a play, we will not be presenting The Lion in Winter or Billy Elliot this summer.

We are beyond grateful to everyone who has been a part of this theater season and those who planned to participate this spring and summer, including the performers, directors, designers, technicians, ushers, box officers, volunteers, and audience members for each play as well as those who helped develop, plan and implement this special 60th Anniversary Season.

Moving forward, we will remain nimble and responsive with online arts programming, so our community can continue to be engaged in theater, visual arts, music and arts education.

To our audience members and season ticket holders, we will be in touch over the coming days to discuss ticketing options, including donating the cost of your tickets back to the Guild or receiving a refund.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the Guild Theater when we can comfortably share evenings of hysterical comedy and gripping drama together again. We are working to adjust our upcoming 61st season to provide the best theater experience for audience members and artists. More information about this exciting line-up of productions will be shared with you in June.  Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for more information about our season announcement as well as opportunities to stay connected and engage in the arts remotely.

In theater, there is a light left on when everyone goes home for the night. This light is known as the ghost light; it’s there for safety but also is a beacon of courage, welcoming artists back into the theater at the start of the next day. The Guild Theater stage may be temporarily empty but we are eager to return from this extended intermission to continue providing excellent live theater. We will leave the ghost light on for you until then. Please be in touch if you have questions or ideas, and thank you for supporting live theater at the Guild for 60 years.

We are grateful for the support we continue to receive from our community and look forward to seeing you again soon at the Guild Theater.

Thank you, and be well.

Jared Zeigler
Performing Arts Manager
Northfield Arts Guild

Guild Announces Scholarships to Graduating NHS Seniors

The Northfield Arts Guild is proud to honor two graduating seniors from the Northfield School District by awarding a $250 scholarship to each (non-renewable) for any education related use for the 2020-21 academic year. Each scholarship is available to anyone with demonstrated passion and experience in the field of performing or visual arts who intends to pursue artistic studies at a post-secondary institution. The scholarship recipients will be selected by Northfield Arts staff.

Application Procedure

  • Complete the application below. May be completed via pdf editor or in a word document.
  • A completed application is due by 6 pm on Monday, April 20, 2020. Please email applications to
  • Notifications will go out by Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Scholarship Application

News Update – March 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Northfield Arts Guild staff is doing well working remotely and we are staying connected in our work to continue to offer a range of free online arts activities while we make preparations to launch our upcoming programming when it is safe for us to gather together again.

I want to let you know that our plans to reopen our buildings on March 31st have changed. Guild staff will continue working remotely throughout the month of April and we have extended the postponement of public events through May 10.

The science and best practices that led to the implementation of social distancing tells us we need to continue to contribute to containment efforts in the best interest of our staff and community’s health.

Day by day we are all learning to deal with demanding circumstances that remove us from the normal patterns of daily life and culture. It is easy to feel anxious and isolated. 

It is during these times that the arts remind us of the power we have to be creative. If you or someone you know is in need of inspiration, please connect with us on the Guild Facebook and Guild Theater Facebook pages and Instagram as we continue to share fun and uplifting arts activities and engagement every weekday. Also check out our YouTube channel for videos of Guild programs.

And join us virtually on April 4 between 10am-2pm when the Guild will celebrate E-magination Celebration – a online community event featuring a series of video arts activities, performances and teacher tours of the All School Art Show on Facebook we are creating in collaboration with area artists and partners. 

Last, our financial health is dependent on ticket sales, class fees and other earned income that are currently disrupted by the need to be closed. If you have the ability to make a donation or become a Guild member, your support is vitally important at this time. 

Your support today will help ensure that the Guild will continue to serve our community when these challenging times come to an end. We are in this together!

Stay creative and be well,

Tim Peterson
Executive Director