Including theatre and music, the arts abound in Mayville-Portland. Our communities are fortunate to be home to Mayville State University and all the cultural activity that comes with having a university in town. Plus, our communities are close to both Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks and the cultural opportunities available there.



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Grassroots Arts Council 
The Grassroots Arts Council was formed in 2006 to promote the arts in Mayville-Portland and surrounding communities.
Mission of the Grassroots Arts Council: The Arts Council advocates for, coordinates, promotes, and encourages the arts to enrich the quality of life, economic development, and education in Mayville-Portland, and the surrounding communities. We do this through:

  • Coordination: We coordinate artists, arts groups, and the community to work together.
  • Promotion: We promote the rich, artistic uniqueness of the Mayville-Portland area to local, regional, state, and national audiences.
  • Encouragement: We encourage appreciation and production of art through:
    • Education: We encourage the arts-related education of students, audiences, and arts professionals.
    • Access: We encourage all audiences and artists who wish to participate in the arts in any way, at any level.
    • Advocacy: We partner with local, state, and federal education and governmental bodies for arts-related legislation. 

Goals of the Grassroots Arts Council

  • Strengthen the arts as one of the Mayville-Portland area’s key industries and civic resources.
  • Engage all of the Mayville-Portland area in the arts.
  • Make the Mayville-Portland area a preeminent arts destination.

For more information on the Grassroots Arts Council, contact –

Mayville State University & Community Fine Arts Series

This series brings performers of the highest quality to the Mayville State University Campus. This collaboration between the university and community ensures world-class musical performances throughout the year. All performances are in the MSU Classroom Auditorium.
For more information call 701.788.4742.

THE 2013-2014 SEASON:

The 2013-2014 Mayville State University and Community Fine Arts Series includes five concerts by performers who have earned world-wide recognition for their talent and level of musicianship. Each concert in the series is performed in the MSU Classroom Building Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.


October 28, 2013 – Red River Trio with Mike Wittgraf - Red River Trio is a group comprising three select students from the University of North Dakota Music Department. They began performing together is August 2012 under the direction of Nariaki Sugiura, UND assistant professor of music. The trio has toured Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and North Dakota in 2013.

November 25, 2013 – Rova Saxophone Quartet - The Rova Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires. Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration for the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

February 10, 2014 – Yoonie Han, pianist - South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer “her musical imagination and feel for xomplex textures drew vivid images? (Washington Post). She has won top prizes in distinguished internation­al competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.

March 24, 2014 – Trio Solisti (piano trio) - Hailed ‘The most exciting piano trio in Marica” by the New York­er Magazine, Trio Solisti recently celebrated their 11th Anniversary in the 2012-2013 season. One of America’s most notable critics, Terry Teachout of the The Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beautx Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.

April 28, 2014 – Cecilia String Quartet - Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet continue to win praise following their 2010 First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Cecilia String Quartet formed while students at the University of Toronto. They soon won acclaim for their extraordinary commitment and maturity.

All concerts in the series are open to the public. Adult season tickets sell for $60.00. Season tickets for high school students are $25.00 each. Admission for individual performances is $13.00 for adults and $5.00 for high school students. Mayville State students are admitted free of charge with college identification. For more information, contact MSU and Community Fine Arts Series Coordinator Mike Bakken at 701-788-4742 or



Northern Lights Art Gallery

The Northern Lights Art Gallery is located on the campus of Mayville State University and features exhibitions throughout the academic year. The Gallery on the upper level of the student center at Mayville State University features artists from around the region.
Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and Thursday until 5:00p.m.
For more information about each upcoming exhibit visit or call 701.788.6200 or 701.788.4288



Mayville State University Theatre
The Mayville State University Drama Department is open to anyone interested in theatre, from acting to set building and lighting. Performances are held in the Old Main Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Old Main Building. The Drama Department traditionally produces three shows each year, including one musical.
Contact Director Bob Sylskar at 701.788.4725 or Greta Paschke at 701.788.4747.

Click here for MSU Theatre website