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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

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Teny B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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. :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arts West remids me of the intro to the Beverly Hillbillies where the oil bubbles up and make the Clampetts rich. Arts West doesn't fill our pockets as much as it does our hearts and lives. Every week there are several ideas bubblling up and Arts West is there to give breath to their creation. My wife and I have used its services for meetings, performances, plays and all manner of community work. It is a vital part of Athens and the surrounding county.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at a nearby public school. Our 7th and 8th graders just returned from a "field trip" to Arts West to see the "Furry Fables". What a wonderful visit! The play was funny and the students thoroughly enjoyed it; and the Reading lessons from Conflict/Plot to Vocabulary were fantastic! I so appreciate having this facility so close as many of our students have so little interaction with the Arts. Thank you again.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with ARTS/West from the planning stages and have been extremely pleased to find that if has found a way to begin to meet the hopes and expectations we projected for it. It has attracted attention from all ages - very small children through senior citizens. It has found ways to serve a very diverse population in our university, community/rural setting. Most surprising to me is that, unlike performance facilities I have worked with in the past, it does not have a single group of audience members but a number of audience groups each interested most especially in their particular experiences. There is some overlap but it is very interesting to note that ARTS/West has become a unique experience for a widely divergent group reflecting multiple interests and unique perspectives. ARTS/West could be more effective - serving more members of the community - if it had a slightly larger paid/professional staff to coordinate the work of the many volunteers, further upgrade/maintain the facility and improve its communications.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my wife and I have attended a wide variety of performances. We have taken or grandchildren to see Jack & The Bean Stalk, listened to a renowned jazz piano player, enjoyed plays and music events, viewed art on walls, laughed and cried. We have donated money from time to time as well as office equipment.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've heard amazing music, participated in improvisatory music and dance, seen complex theater (a community collaborative project on issues around death- this involved movement, film, song, spoken word and more), Bread and Puppets theater came here too! My friend also had an awesome 5th birthday, complete with pirate themed theatricals in the basement. The staff were wonderfully helpful. Their Artoberfest is a great community art exhibit too.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

ARTS/West, located in the middle of my neighborhood, has been an incredible nexus for creativity and community. Several years ago, a nearby neighbor, Bryan Everson, came to ARTS/West with the idea of a local arts festival occuring every fall. Emily Prince embraced the idea wholeheartedly. From this has been born an annual celebration of local art, including culinary, visual, performance, and other arts and crafts. We call it ARToberfest.