The Jay County Campus of Arts Place is the premier community arts facility in our area. The center houses the main offices of Arts Place, Inc. Dedicated in 1983, the facility was tripled in space and an expanded campus was added in both 2000 and 2021.
Within the original building, now called the Performing Arts Center, stands Hall-Moser Theatre, the Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Gallery East, Gallery West, and the Weaver Community Gallery, Goodrich Hall, the Young Music Education Wing, and meeting rooms. The Hudson Center for the Visual Arts, located across the street, is home to the ArtWorks program as well as the Jay County Campus’ industrial gas kiln.
The facilities feature over 4 unique galleries including Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Gallery East, Gallery West, and the Weaver Community Gallery, added in 2021. Exhibits change every six to eight weeks. Our Exhibits Program focuses on the work of living Midwestern Artists. Other exhibits include interpretive shows and an annual regional student exhibit.
This large lobby showcases the stunning tile relief mural by Rhonda Franklin, Landscape’s Legacy. The 1,800 sq. ft. room provides an ideal location for receptions and dinners.
Educational programming is the cornerstone of Arts Place. Constructed in 2021, the Young Music Education Wing provides several music studios for individual instruction and a rehearsal room. The Hudson Center for the Visual Arts provides two large visual arts studios and houses the 3,000-pound gas kiln.
While Arts Place is designed as an arts facility, it also makes an excellent location for meetings and conferences. Goodrich Hall can seat up to 200 for dinner. In addition, Hall-Moser Theatre is an excellent space for lectures and audio-visual presentations. Additional meeting rooms allow a group to conduct up to five simultaneous workshops or breakout sessions. Ample parking is available in close proximity to Arts Place, with convenient drop-off and loading zones.
131 East Walnut Street
PO Box 804
Portland, IN 47371
Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This facility is the home for area Arts in the Parks classes, ArtWorks and MusicWorks classes. Exhibits change every six to eight weeks. Our Exhibits Program focuses on the work of living Midwestern Artists. The City of Hartford City leased the facility to Arts Place, Inc. in late 2011, the facility being dedicated as an arts center in January of 2013.
Over $100,000 was raised from private and local governmental sources to renovate the facility. The impact of this funding was greatly extended by the nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer time dedicated to the renovation. In January 2015 city government transferred ownership to Arts Place of the center along with the next door property at 111 West Washington Street.
Center Director: Lylanne Musselman
107 West Washington Street
PO Box 362
Hartford City, IN 47348
Monday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2nd Saturday/month: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Mecca Collective, an unincorporated group in St. Marys, Ohio, became a program of Arts Place, Inc. in 2005. In 2016, the Collective Center moved to its current location at 207 East Spring Street in St. Marys, Ohio. It was dedicated as the Auglaize/Mercer Center of Arts Place. The center’s exhibit program focuses on the work of living midwestern artists and changes every six to eight weeks.
They also have an Annual ArtFest Juried Art Show that awards over $1500 in prizes, and an annual Holiday Art Market. These annual exhibits allow ArtWorks students as well as local artists and makers to showcase their work to the community.
Center Director: Rachel Parker
207 East Spring Street
PO Box 452
St. Marys, OH 45885
Tuesday: Appointment Only.
Wednesday: 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.