Arts & Culture

Vandalia Cultural Arts Fund Seeking Grant Applicants

For A Complete List of Grant Details including eligibility, restrictions and judging criteria, CLICK HERE


  • Grant application packets are available after December 1, 2016, at the Vandalia Municipal Building, 333 James E. Bohanan Memorial Drive, Vandalia, Ohio, or online at
  • Application deadline: February 3, 2017, 5 p.m.
  • Applicants notified of status: No later than April 28, 2017.
  • Up to $7,500 will be granted in 2017. Individual grant amounts will be dependent on the number of viable applications.

“The purpose of the Vandalia Cultural Arts Fund is to advance and support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances and organizations for the benefit of the Citizens of Vandalia, Ohio.”

It is the goal of the Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee—through the Vandalia-Butler Foundation— to provide support for activities, programs, performances and organizations that increase understanding, exposure and awareness of the arts, among the greatest number and broadest range of citizens, in the most efficient manner.


  • Organization, project or event must be non-profit and hold 501c3 tax exempt status or work through a 501c3 organization.
  • Must support artistic and cultural activities, programs and performances.
  • Must define new or repeat project.
  • Project or event must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Project proposals which would provide cultural opportunities to Vandalia community organizations —such as programs conducted in schools, for businesses or in other community service areas— must be accompanied by documentation of cooperation from the party that will be served.  This would include letters, agreements, etc. that confirm the community partner’s cooperation with the program, schedule agreement, venue and the like.
  • Final Project Report must be submitted to the Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee within 60 days after the project is completed.


The Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee will not grant applications requests to the following:

  • Event or organizations located outside Ohio
  • Activities before July 1, 2017 or after June 30, 2018
  • General operating expenses (e.g. office supplies, rent and other overhead)
  • Capital expenditures for facilities or equipment
  • Multi-year grants (e.g. requests for two-year projects)

For A Complete List of Grant Details including eligibility, restrictions and judging criteria, CLICK HERE


Municipal Building Gallery

The Gallery at the Municipal Building is a venue used by local artists to display their work. Most art shows are staged on the first day of the month, and are in place for two months.

The 2017 Municipal Building Gallery Schedule:


January/February                    Chris Corn                    Photography

March/April                               Angie Ferrell                Photography

May                                          Butler High School  Senior Art Show

                                                      **Artist Reception and Chamber Business After Hours Wednesday, May 17

June/July                                   Nancy Otis Alber          Book originals and paintings

August/September                     Guustie Alvarado          Book original “Pilgrims? The Art”

October/November                    John Landsiedel            Mixed media paintings  

For a printer-friendly copy of the 2017 VCAP Municipal Building Gallery Schedule, CLICK HERE



Vandalia Art Park 2016-17 – 256 E. Alkaline Springs Rd., Vandalia, Ohio

As one of the City of Vandalia’s most diverse amenities, Vandalia Art Park

features an eight-acre walkable art trail and open green space.  Adjacent to the Vandalia-Butler Historical Society grounds— accessible via the Vandalia Rotary footbridge— the regional destination is free to the public, offering visitors equal tastes of nature, art and history.  Various activities and art initiatives take place in the park throughout the year, enhancing two substantial permanent sculptures. Featured at the front of the park, visitors find “At Play in Geologic Time” by Matthew Weir, a limestone piece crafted during Vandalia’s 2010 Sculpture Symposium, “Chiseled.”  New in 2015 is a second permanent sculpture, “Daddy Long Legs.” The metal piece, composed by artist Dave Vande Vuuse, was purchased for placement by Vandalia’s City Art Committees.  Local community artists have a hand in greeting visitors, as well, with two colorful Mosaic Totems that flank the park’s entry path.   

Click here to see the Vandalia Art Park 2016 – 17
Click here to see the Vandalia Art Park 2015 - 16


Heavy Metal Remix featured on Think TV’s The Art Show

The metal sculpture symposium that took place at the Vandalia Art Park in September of last year has been featured on a recent episode of Think TV’s “The Art Show.” The Heavy Metal remix symposium gave Vandalians the opportunity to watch a sculpture being created before their very eyes over a two-week period.

To watch the program, CLICK HERE


Vandalia Cultural Arts Program (VCAP)

Established to exclusively benefit the City of Vandalia and its residents by providing revenue to support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances, and organizations, or for other purposes as determined by Vandalia City Council and the Advisory Committee. Funds are held by the Vandalia-Butler Foundation.

Committee: Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee is a volunteer organization of seven members, appointed by the Vandalia City Council, whose mission is to advise on the distribution of funds and promote the mission of VCAP.




Vandalia Cultural Endowment Fund 2016 Grant Application


Vandalia Cultural Art Exhibit Package

VCAP promotes exhibits in the Vandalia Municipal Building Gallery. Artists are invited to submit an application to display for a 30-day or 60-day exhibit. The gallery can accommodate both 2-d and 3-d media.

Click here for application package


Vandalia Cultural Arts Program Seeking Photographers for Vandalia Art Park Changeable Art Exhibit

The Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee published a “Call to Artists” for a solo photography exhibit to be display at the Vandalia Art Park for the period of June 1, 2016 through May 15, 2017. 

The VCAP Committee selected “Inspired” a series of twelve inspirational photographs by local artist Jenny Jackson. The photographs will be displayed along the walking paths at Vandalia Art Park for the 2016-17 Changeable Art Exhibit season. Click HERE for more information.


Public Art in Vandalia Program (PAIV)

Enhances neighborhoods and urban environments in the City of Vandalia through the installation and maintenance of permanent works of art. PAIV welcomes and embraces public art from the community—donated, loaned or commissioned in an effort to grow Vandalia’s public art collection. Funds are held by the Vandalia Butler Foundation.

Committee: Public Art in Vandalia Committee is a volunteer organization of seven members, appointed by Vandalia City Council. The PAIV Committee works in an advisory capacity for the planning, site and artists selection, fabrication and implementation of the program. This Committee shall also serve within the community as advocates for public art.


2016-17 “Art Parked” Sculpture Exhibit
2015-16 “Art Parked” Sculpture Exhibit

2012: Brochure on Vandalia Area Public/Private Art

2011: Vandalia Unveiled–The five sculptures were installed and dedicated in an “art crawl”         ceremony with a day of art related activities.

2010: Vandalia “Chiseled” – Stone Sculpture Symposium took place in Vandalia. This two-week event produced five large permanent sculptures.


To give your time, money, or art to PAIV or VCAP or to join the Vandalia Art Happenings e-mail blast, contact: To donate to the VB Foundation toward the Public Art in Vandalia Fund or the Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund go to:


Chiseled, A Stone Sculpture Symposium

Chiseled, a Stone Sculpture Symposium, took place in September 2010 on the grounds of the Vandalia Recreation Center. Five sculptors worked daily on their projects over a two-week period while the public was invited to come out and watch. The finished pieces have been placed throughout the City.

To view the Chiseled Catalog, click HERE


Other Art Organizations in the Vandalia area:

Vandalia Youth Theater

Established in 1991, the Vandalia Youth Theater Company is a non-profit educational organization committed to making high-quality live theater accessible, relevant, and memorable for young people throughout the Miami Valley.


Vandalia-Butler Historical Society

The Mission of the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler is to perpetuate the history of the Vandalia-Butler Community and to educate people about the importance of this history.


Vandalia Senior Center/Sinclair College for Lifelong Learning –

Classes are held at the Senior Center with instructors provided by Sinclair Community College. FREE for seniors 60 and older. Registration is required. 


Vantasia Dance Team ~

Sister Cities of Vandalia

Sister Cities is a non-profit international organization dedicated to fostering global friendship, understanding, and communication, serving the Vandalia Butler Community.