ARTS/West

Rating: 4.88 stars   40 reviews

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Location: 132 W. State St. Athens OH 45701 USA

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-6400218
740-592-4315
http://artswest.blogspot.com
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Arts West is an integral part of our community. I look forward to my sin getting older and taking part of even more activities.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Arts West is our local public venue for concerts, plays, readings and performance art classes - classes dance, drumming, improvisational movement and yoga. There is even a clothing swap weekend and a gallery for displays of local visual artists. I've enjoyed dancing for free indoors and out side the building while drumming classes were going on. :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Leave it in the capable hands of the membership and leaders.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

ARTS/West is a staple in the Athens community. I worked as an intern here for two years and loved every minute of it! The staff is wonderful and passionate about the arts and what they do. They are always willing to help. There are many different classes that bring together all kinds of people together doing what they love in the arts. I would highly recommend trying out a class here or bringing your family to a production!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more money to continue remodeling/updating the old building.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Arts West is a wonderful facility. My family has attended several events and the recent improvements are a must see! I think that the performance space gives an intimate feel for the audience while at the same time providing everything that one expects to find at larger venues. The only downside is that the bathrooms leave something to be desired.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The downstairs is in need of a renovation. For all of the great things that have been done in the auditorium, the rest of the building needs an upgrade. Also, the public wi-fi is non-existent.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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