The Burnsville Visual Arts Society (BVAS) was formed in 1981 by a group of visionary residents from Burnsville and surrounding suburbs who came together with a common goal - to bring an awareness of the arts to Burnsville area and give residents access to experience and participate in the fine arts. Since then that dedication has enhanced South of the RIver quality of life by encouraging an understanding of the value and health benefits the visual arts provide.

After 37 years, BVAS' vision lives to cultivate lifelong visual arts appreciation that strengthens and inspires creative expression through community opportunities. BVAS also serves as a resource to help promote art events in the community as well as connects artists to organizations events to display their artwork. Burnsville Visual Arts Society is committed to a lasting mission to inspire, promote and strengthen the visual arts in the Burnsville area