Based upon the belief that the Arts are of fundamental value to our community, the Conneaut Arts Center is committed to enhancing the cultural identity of the community by providing a venue for all ages to experience creative expression and recognize the value of the Arts.
Here is our story!
We’ve loved every minute of our journey!
The Conneaut Arts Center is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976. We are located on the beautiful lake front of the Great Lake of Erie in Conneaut, Ohio. The Conneaut Art Center offers dance, theater, visual arts, exercise, music, and cultural experiences for artisans and art lovers within the community and surrounding areas.
Housed in Historic Kilpi Hall, this former Finnish Meeting Hall was built in 1899 by Charles Gran and the Kilpi Temperance Society, comprised of Finnish immigrants. It became the heart of the Finnish community in Conneaut. They gathered here for music, dance, theatre, and fellowship.
In 1975, a group of about 30 people in Conneaut had been discussing the need for a community center. The proposal to buy Kilpi Hall was presented to City Council, area businesses, and other interested parties, and was well received. Each member donated $10 each, which became the first membership campaign. With a specialized loan, the Center's officers signed a mortgage agreement in July of 1976 and the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts was born.
Kilpi Hall is once again a place to gather for music, dance, theater, and fellowship. As of winter of 2012, we formally changed our name to the Conneaut Arts Center. We create partnerships throughout the county to bring artistic and cultural enrichment to the community.
Cultural and historical preservation,
stepping back in time...
The Conneaut Arts Center offers a variety of services and classes for all ages.
Our services and classes cater to northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania communities. Classes, programs and fundraisers support creative minds of all ages. We specialize in in visual arts, dance, music and theatrical opportunities for the whole family to enjoy.
Membership are the backbone of this organization offering support to continue these opportunities. Members also receive exclusive opportunities. Become a member today!