Spillway Stories in Winona


Spillway Stories 2024

Spillway Stories bring together artists, culture-bearers, and storytellers to share history, experiences, and visions for the future that animate community in the Winona, MN, region. This project weaves a diverse range of artworks, photographs, written features, and oral histories in a community where past and future are closely intertwined, illuminating the deep differences in the way locals experience place depending on their identity.

The stories shared here were produced through a collaboration between Art of the Rural and Engage Winona. This is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

In June 2024, the first issue of the Spillway Stories magazine launched (above), featuring the original stories from 2022 and new stories from 2024. These can also be found on the Spillway website at


A long-term, collaborative initiative grounded in the cultures, communities, and histories of the Upper Mississippi River region.