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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of ARTS/West is to make facilities, resources, and opportunities available to arts organizations, individual artists, and community residents. ARTS/West harnesses community focus for all individuals engaged in the creation, performance and exhibition of the arts and promotes activities preserving the beauty, heritage and culture of our town.

Results: ARTS/West has grown by more than 20% in usage each year it has been open, and now serves more than 23,000 patrons, artists, and community members each year.

Target demographics: ARTS/West is a multi-use performing arts facility that provides low-cost space for plays, concerts, recitals, multimedia events, films, classes, workshops, community meetings, and festivals produced by and for the community of Athens, Ohio. Located in rural Southeastern Ohio among the foothills of Appalachia, the building is a former Church of the Nazarene that was purchased and renovated by the City of Athens through a State of Ohio Community Development Block Grant in 2005.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 23,000

Geographic areas served: Southeast Ohio

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ARTS/West and the friendly people who tirelessly work to make it a special community space have enriched my life in many ways. I have taken classes, offered classes, performed and enjoyed performances, savored art — and found great bargains in used clothes and exotica! I have grown, and I have seen others grow, in its nurturing environment. I am very grateful to have this wonderful community resource in my town.

Esteban V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ARTS/West is the community hub for all mediums of Art! From choirs, to yoga, to musicals, fiber faires, and more! It is a beacon of light in an age where schools are dropping music and the creative arts! I love ARTS/West it will forever hold a special place in my heart to experience and to be a part of an experience there!

Rebecca179

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arts West is the cultural heart of our community. The doors are open to all sorts of various productions - visual art gallery showings, plays, musicals, choirs, readings, camps. And it has the ability to produce professional events with full tech audio, lighting, and staging. Musically the space has great acoustics and the shape is comfortable for a large audience and small, more intimate settings.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the weekly classes and special events they have here. I'm grateful they're part of our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARTS/West has always been welcome to all kinds of different groups and acts that come through. From drag shows to Shakespeare they always are open. The community wouldn't be the same without them. Student projects even get featured there from time to time. It's so important that their be cooperation between the city of Athens and Ohio University.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARTS/West is a jewel of artistic and creative endeavors in Southeastern Ohio. From its inception, it has served the community with integrity, grit, and innovative and inspiring events. It is worthy of supporting and sustaining in any way possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have attended many events at Arts West, from concerts to plays to social and political engagements. I was the development director for 14 years at a local visiting nurse association, and we had a couple of collaborations with Arts West in presenting innovative theater regarding critical topics such as end of life and the challenges surrounding aging. My professional experience with Arts West has been extremely valuable; they are always seeking new projects with wide appeal to everyone in our community.

As a frequent flyer in attendance at many events, I am so pleased we have this terrific resource in our community. I have enjoyed and afforded such a variety of great art, music and theater at Arts West; good management and outreach to all our residents. thanks, Arts West, for all you do to make our community a brighter place to live!

Milena Miller

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported Arts West from its beginning, and I have enjoyed such a variety of shows and art there. It is great to see friends and neighbors on the stage, and really getting into acting, re-enacting, singing, and often doing it for various worthwhile local causes.
The theater has come a long way. The choices being made are attractive but not extravagant. It is a great arts space for our area.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts West is a unique service in our community. It allows artists of all kinds chances to exhibit, interact and to develop their skills. It does great things for kids who receive less and less arts experience every year in school. Last weekend I went to a concert where 2 of the "Girls Rock" students sang on stage as part of a professional show. The Athens area is well served by Arts West.

Mary302

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am deeply thankful for all of the enriching activities at Arts West.