Arts Place Centers
The Portland Center of Arts Place is the premier community arts facility of 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 added in 2000. The Portland center grew to include a 21,000 sq. ft. arts center, an outdoor plaza, an arts park, a gas kiln, and parking lots. Within the center facility stands Hall-Moser Theatre, Galleries, Goodrich Hall, visual arts and music studios, and meeting rooms.
Arts Place, Portland Center houses a 283-seat theatre with superior acoustics, excellent lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system. The theatre is complimented by a large supporting space that includes an assembly area, rehearsal room, stage shop, and dressing rooms. Programming for the theatre includes Arts Place’s own performance series, productions by two local community theatre companies, and presentations by a number of other area organizations.
The facility features over 1,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space, including the Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, Gallery East, and Gallery West. 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.
Educational programming is the cornerstone of Arts Place. Reflecting our priorities, the facility includes six music studios, a rehearsal room, two large visual arts studios, a kiln building with a 3,000-pound gas kiln, and an outdoor demonstration space.
While Arts Place is designed as an arts facility, it is 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.
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.
Opened in 2005, this location serves as a home for the arts in the Auglaize/Mercer County area. While the location of the Auglaize/Mercer Center has changed three times since its original dedication, the center has always been located in the historic district of downtown St. Marys. In 2015 the City of St. Marys purchased the former Party Shoppe and entered into a multi-year lease with Arts Place. Our new center was dedicated in January 2016 after a considerable investment of improvements accomplished through private and local governmental support along with tremendous volunteer efforts. The center houses a gallery and studio space for visual and performing arts instruction.