A part of the community for more than sixty years, the Ashtabula Arts Center is a nonprofit, multi-arts facility featuring dance, theater, music, and the visual arts. From summer kid’s camp to ballroom dancing, the Ashtabula Arts Center offers performances, activities, classes, and other programming for all ages and all levels of artistic talents and abilities, from the beginner to the advanced student.
Our mission is to preserve and promote the arts through education and entertainment across cultural boundaries
— encouraging personal growth, cultural growth, and economic growth.
Ballet Theatre Ashtabula is our resident, pre-professional dance company founded in 1981, which provides students and area dancers the freedom to fully develop their technical and artistic abilities. The Dance Department annually produces a full-scale production of The Nutcracker in December. A spring dance concert is also held each May, showcasing different styles of contemporary dance. Ballet Theatre Ashtabula also serves to bring dance to the community through outreach and mixed repertory concerts. The arts center’s dance studio, made possible by a CDC grant, is one of the finest facilities in northeastern Ohio with a basket weave construction sprung floor just like the one in New York’s Lincoln Center. A special marley floor also provides a smooth, safe surface, an important factor in injury prevention. Dance classes are offered year-round for students of all ages and include classical ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, hip hop, tap, and more.
Visual Arts Department
Take a stroll around our website and spend some time at the Ashtabula Arts Center. It’s Ashtabula County’s family place!