The Piqua Arts Council is dedicated to making the arts accessible to our community through education, support and presentation.
Our vision is to enrich the community by presenting high quality, innovative and diverse arts, and cultural programming.
- High Professional Standards
- Inclusion of a Diverse Population
- Equitable Payment of Artists
- Recognition of Volunteers and Supporters
During the fall of 1990, a group of Piqua citizens began discussing the need for an organized group to sponsor and promote the arts in their community. The result of these conversations was the formation of a new committee of the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce in January of 1991. Ruth Koon became the first chairperson of the newly organized Piqua Arts and Humanities Council. The Council's membership represented a wide variety of musical, fine art, theatre, historical and educational groups.
During its first few years, the Council set the pattern for its role in the community by sponsoring and creating a diverse and exciting schedule of activities. The Council provided theatre training for junior high students; the Music in the Park series, which continues to provide musical programs during the summer for a more mature audience; and an Annual Art Exhibit that serves all ages levels.
The Council's name was simplified in 1993 to the Piqua Arts Council, and in 1997 it moved out from under the wing of the Chamber of Commerce to become a full-fledged, independent arts organization. For the first time in Piqua's history, an arts group attempted to reach a wide range of area citizens. The Council's programs were not just oriented to music lovers or artists, but encompassed a wide range of educational, traditional and non-traditional arts, and humanities presentations.
The Council has followed a long and positive tradition of arts and music organizations in Piqua. But, it has two significant features that separate it from its predecessors. The first is the Council's longevity. The average length of time for any post-World War ll arts group in Piqua has been roughly three years. The Council has exceeded that many times over as an active and vibrant organization. The second unusual feature of the Council is its diverse programming coupled with the diversity of its board members. Previous organizations concentrated on a single type of programming such as musical events or art shows. The boards of these earlier groups were often fairly select groups that did not always represent a cross-section of the community.
Piqua Arts Council continues to stand with the mission of making the arts accessible to the community through presentation, support and education.
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In February of 2013, Jordan K. Knepper came on board as the Executive Director of the Piqua Arts Council. The skills and insights Jordan brings from past employment experiences in the greeting card industry, graphic design field, and as a programming coordinator for a regional arts council make him well suited to guide the Piqua Arts Council into the future. Jordan has a passion for the arts and has dedicated his professional work to sharing his passion with others.
In March of 2021, Lily M. Stewart joined the Piqua Arts Council team as the Marketing Director. Lily has studied various arts at the University of Cincinnati, the Academy of Art University and Edison State Community College. With artistic experience ranging from social media management, to photography at Lil Stew Art Photography, to graphic design work, to makeup art, to fashion design, Lily is a well-rounded artist that we believe will make a great fit at the Piqua Arts Council. She loves any and all art, and desires nothing less than to share it with her community and beyond.
Mike McCorkle, President
Ann Bradl, Vice-President
Mike Cox, Treasurer
Brittany VanHorn, Secretary
Aaron Scott, Past-President