Dakota Center for the Arts History

Today – The primary focus of Dakota Center for the Arts is the Eagan Art Festival and its support of  the City of Eagan Parks and Recreation Department’s  “Eagan Art House.”
2013 – Added a second Terry B. Davis Scholarship given to a graduating senior from Eagan going into the arts.
2012 – Held the first Eagan annual  “Winter Art Experience” with partners Byerly’s and the Eagan Art House.
2011 – Granted our first Terry B. Davis Scholarship in honor of our past president, given to a graduating senior from Eagan going into the arts.
2007 – Dakota Center for the Arts registered “Eagan Art Festival” as an assumed name with the state of Minnesota.
2007 – Operations of the Art House were turned over to Eagan Parks and Recreation Department.
2001 – Dakota Center for the Arts hired a part time director to manage the Art House and sponsored “Yankee Doodle Arts and Crafts Festival” for the first time.
2000 – Assets of the “Yankee Doodle Arts and Crafts Festival” are donated to Dakota Center for the Arts.
1999 – Dakota Center for the Arts and Eagan Arts and Humanities Council merged to form Dakota Center for the Arts located in Eagan.
1998 – Dakota Center for the Arts proposed a merger with Eagan Arts and Humanities Council.
1997 – The first classes were held at the “The Art House” by Eagan Arts and Humanities Council in partnership with Eagan Parks and Recreation Department.
1997 – Eagan Arts and Humanities Council was formed by a core group of volunteers as a nonprofit organization.
1997 – City of Eagan took possession of the house and property following the passing of Lillian McCarthy.
1991 – City of Eagan acquired the Lillian McCarthy house and property under a “life estate” agreement.
1980 – Fine Art Society of Dakota County amended its name to Dakota Center for the Arts.
1961 – Fine Art Society of Dakota County located in South St. Paul was chartered by the state of Minnesota as a nonprofit corporation.

THIS LEGACY ORGANIZATION IS THE OLDEST NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATION IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.