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Education in all forms is essential in development and growth. Art education is key to nurturing a one’s creativity and imagination. Arts Place is dedicated to providing top quality instruction in all disciplines of the arts. Arts Place believes that everyone should have access to the arts and their benefits.

Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks: beginning in 1977, stands at the forefront of summer arts programs nationwide. From its modest beginnings in two communities in Jay County, Arts in the Parks has grown over the last thirty years to include 17 communities in the counties of Adams in Indiana and Mercer and Auglaize in Ohio. This unique program provides art instruction to hundreds of students annually by literally taking the arts to them. Noted artists from both international and national acclaim share the arts with students 7 to 14 years of age. All disciplines are covered including the visual arts, dance, theater, and music. Community collaboration and support for the program has allowed this program to grow.

Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence: Artist residencies are designed to place trained, knowledgeable, practicing professional artists, who are enthusiastic and motivated, into settings where they can share the joy and benefits of the creative process.
Through residency programs in craft, dance, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts, schools and service agencies can expect to improve themselves and strengthen their communities.
In school settings, residency artists are prepared to connect to other curricular areas. Residency artists link the arts to areas beyond their artistic specialty enabling them to work with a diverse group of students and instructors. In nonprofit service settings, residency artists are sensitive to the needs of various communities and also the potential that lies within each individual.


CreativeWorks: Based on the idea that a creative mind is a healthy mind, CreativeWorks offers instruction in not only the visual arts (ArtWorks), but also literary arts (PenWorks), theatre arts and dance (StageWorks), and music (MusicWorks).  Classes range from traditional techniques in oil painting and ceramic design to yoga and belly dancing.  Instructors provide a high standard of education to students and dedication within the classroom.

Major funding for MusicWorks is provided the The George and Frances Ball Foundation.  Major funding for MusicWorks in Blackford County is provided by Pacesetter Bank, The Blackford County Community Foundation and the Opal Greenlee Memorial Fund.

Scholarship support for instructional programs is provided by MainSource Bank and Dr. G's Memorial Scholarship Fund.  ArtWorks at the Collective Center is sponsored by Minster Bank.  PenWorks is provided in cooperation with the College Community Arts Council and Wright State University Lake Campus.