Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 10.27.54 AMWinona State University will host “The Art of Noise: The Value of the Arts to the Community and Education” Monday, April 15, in the Student Activity Center of Kryzsko Commons with presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and an art exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The visual arts are an important and effective tool through which students can begin to understand and participate in the democratic process. With art education, students learn how to manipulate tools and mediums in the creative process along with using their work to represent themselves, their beliefs and the society around them.

Speaker Donald Walker began his career as the first African-American artist to work for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He has since become a sought-after portrait artist with work on exhibit across the country. He is author and illustrator of “We Can Learn Together,” which was used as a teaching tool by Minneapolis Public Schools.

The event is free and open to the public.

The event is co- sponsored by WSU Rochester, WSU Winona, Southeast Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College and Target Corporation.

For more information contact Alex Hines at or (507) 457-5595 via email at