Promoting creative growth & enriching the community through art & music.

The Cause

In the winter of 2008, in order to fight the seasonal blahs and to get over the last hump of a bitter Minnesota winter, the Post Holiday Extravaganza began. The Extravaganza was a two day event involving art and music from local artists with enough creative energy to cure even the worst case of seasonal depression. After an immensely successful inaugural year the event became annual event in Mankato. In 2010 the Post Holiday Extravaganza took on new meaning when it became a benefit for my family and me after I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer. The community came together to raise enough money to allow me to focus on my health and still have energy after the weekly chemo treatments at Rochester Mayo Clinic to continue to be creative. After a year and a half of treatments my cancer has diminished and I am back to a somewhat normal state of health. Inspired by my increasingly improving mental and physical condition I have to give back. That's just who I am!

The outpouring of community at the 2010 Post Holiday Extravaganza spawned the creation of the Midwest Art Catalyst (MWAC). With the help of my nearest and dearest a non-profit organization was formed, with the goal to create, promote, and support artistic and musical events and ideas. In addition to donating to local art and music programs we also sponsor fundraisers for individual causes. Our goal is to bring the community's creative closer together and thus making us all a bit stronger and more inspired. Get on board! MWAC is for everyone who needs a little creative stimulation to complete their lives.

Thanks for life...
Edgar Burn aka Eric Barnes

The goal of the Midwest Art Catalyst is to support the growth of the arts community in our area. We hold fundraisers to fund art and music programs in our local public schools and to provide arts. We're always looking for new ideas!

Upcoming Events


    We at the Midwest Art Catalyst would like to thank all of you who came and supported this years Post Holiday Extravaganza!!!!

    As you may know all of this year’s proceeds went to a local organization called Kids Making Music, a non-profit organization that refurbishes instruments for children from low income families who wish to participate in school band. With your donations we were able to write KMM a check for $2,000, enough to refurbish 15 instruments!!!


    Kato's new arts & entertainment magazine

    LandLocked is a publication formed under MWAC to serve as a voice to our expanding art and culture scene in Mankato.

    Check out The Free Press' article with LandLocked creators, Jake and Brian.

    For more information on LandLocked and where to find it, visit the LandLocked facebook page.

The Shop. Look Good & Support MWAC. All Proceeds from-t-shirt sales go

  • MWAC Shirt Black Aqua and Gold

    American Apparel 50/50 Poly-Cotton.
    Gold on Aqua. Logo design by Aaron Horkey. (Out of large + xlarge)

    Sizes: S:M:2XL
    $20 (plus shipping & handling)

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  • MWAC Shirt Heather Lake Blue and Silver

    American Apparel 50/50 Poly-Cotton.
    Silver on Heather Lake Blue. Logo design by Aaron Horkey

    $20 (plus shipping & handling)

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  • MWAC Shirt Black and White

    American Apparel 50/50 Poly-Cotton.
    White on Black. Logo design by Aaron Horkey. (Out of large)

    Sizes: S - M - XL - 2XL
    $20 (plus shipping & handling)

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  • MWAC Landlocked Horkey

    Landlocked June Issue
    Featuring local artist Aaron Horkey
    ONLY 50 available
    (*limit of one per buyer)

    SOLDOUT! (plus $2 shipping & handling)

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  • MWAC Landlocked Package

    Landlocked June Issue, One MWAC
    T-shirt (*please specify color + size)
    One MWAC sticker + button.
    ONLY 25 available

    SOLDOUT! (plus shipping & handling)

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*Shipping out of country is subject to change.