Arts & Culture

 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.

Vandalia Art Park – 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 2018-19 Brochure.

 

Click here to see the Vandalia Art Park 2017 - 18 Brochure

 

Click here to see the Vandalia Art Park 2016 – 17

 

Click here to see the Vandalia Art Park 2015 - 16

 

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.

2019 Cultural Arts Grant Program

The Vandalia Cultural Arts Advisory Committee has announced its 2019 Grant Program. 

Priding itself on providing Vandalia residents with opportunities for a variety of art and cultural experiences, members of the Committee are hopeful that a wide array of organizations will request support in the 2019 funding cycle.

Current VCAP members include local residents Regina Froschauer, Kimberly Hyatt, Justin Spivey and Joanne Townsend.  Council Member Candice Farst serves as City Council liaison to the group.

The Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund was formed in 2002 to advance and support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances and organizations for the benefit of the citizens of Vandalia. Vandalia City Council appoints five citizens to the advisory committee to oversee the fund and determine where resources might best be placed.

To be eligible for 2019 grants, artistic endeavors must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.  Most importantly, projects must directly benefit as many City of Vandalia residents as possible.  Sponsoring organizations must be non-profit. Grant applications will be scored based on the project’s impact on Vandalia, quality and appeal, among other factors.  Up to $7,500, in all, will be granted in 2019.  Individual grant size will depend on the number of applications. Grant applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at the Vandalia Municipal Building or  by CLICKING HERE. The deadline for submission of applications is February 8.

 In 2018, the Advisory Board awarded the following grants: 

$3,500 to Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm-Chris Rowlands Mural Project at Demmitt Elementary School

  • $1,200 to Demmitt Elementary School-Muse Machine Residency
  • $1,000 to Smith Middle School-Muse Machine Residency
  • $800 to Vandalia Youth Theatre-Annual Production
  • $500 to Brighter Connections Theatre-Implementation of Young Adult Program
  • $500 to The Muse Machine Musical-Annual Musical.

Those seeking more information about the Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund, volunteering with the Advisory Committee, or the grant process may contact Vandalia Council Member Candice Farst by calling the City of Vandalia, 898-5891.

 

Highlights:

Vandalia Municipal Building Exhibit Application

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

 

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.

Highlights:

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, Email Candice Farst. To donate to the VB Foundation toward the Public Art in Vandalia Fund or the Vandalia Cultural Arts Endowment Fund go to: www.vandalia-butlerfoundation.org.

 

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. www.vandaliayouththeatre.net

 

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. www.historicalsocietyvandalia-butler.org

 

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 ~ www.vantasiadancers.com

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. www.vandaliasistercities.org

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