Enriching lives and strengthening communities through visual and performing arts
The Arts Center promotes artistic creativity, education and presentation for a collaborative, inclusive and vibrant cultural community. The Arts Center inspires and enriches participants, audiences and visitors alike.
Treasuring each other is the responsibility of everyone associated with the Ashtabula Arts Center. Our core values drive our constant pursuit of institutional excellence. We strive to meet community needs and continually assess relevance of program offerings.
Advocacy – we value standing up and speaking out for the arts, in order to promote our vision and values
Communication – communicate in a positive, honest and productive manner within the organization and with our public
Connection – we foster connection among our community members through a respectful and safe environment
Gratitude – we infuse a culture of gratitude throughout our organization and to all who might contribute to our success.
Innovation – We implement unique, creative and cost-effective solutions that advance our service to the community.
Integrity – We adhere to the highest standards of ethics, stewardship and public trust, internally and externally.
Personal Responsibility – We assume personal responsibility for organizational effectiveness. Take initiative to achieve results and accept responsibility.
Respect – We demonstrate a high regard for others and value the healthy exchange of ideas and opinions.
Teamwork – We promote high performance through cooperative efforts, open communication, collective action and trust. Celebrate the contributions made from all levels and partners of the organization and community.
Inclusiveness – We promote inclusiveness and impartiality in programming and services offered to the community, and within our organization.
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!