Art, in its many forms, empowers. It gives the community its own distinct identity, instills civic pride, entrenches culture, and plays a key role in economic vitality. It unites us, and reflects society’s values along with our sense of self in the world that surrounds us.

Utica Monday Nite founder Lynne Mishalanie had that same vision in the late 1990s when she established what would evolve into one of Utica’s most popular and memorable cultural events. Her original ambition and determination in support of the local arts continues today, as UMN For the Arts remains committed to actively advocating for artists and the meaningful contributions they make to our quality of life.

Join us in our mission to recognize and celebrate the power of art in building community and creating an environment that enriches our lives aesthetically, economically, and culturally.

Signature Programs

Artist Refinery

The Artist Refinery Program is an intensive eight-week summer course in partnership with MVCC’s thINCubator offering the basics of a business start-up, including an entrepreneurial curriculum, guest speakers,and weekly deliverables from participants, who will exit the program with a robust set of skills and knowledge to develop and monetize their creative business.


Levitt AMP Concert Series

Monday nights in Utica rock! Join us for 10 weeks of FREE, family-friendly concerts at Kopernik Park in Oneida Square for national headliners, regional/local opening acts and the most diverse audience in the area!

Creative Moves Walking Program

Creative Moves offers walking tours with an artist’s perspective – every Tuesday in August starting at 6:00pm. Walk in Utica with local artists.