Arts & Cultural District

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For More Information, Contact Us:

117 S Main Street, Suite 5100
Dayton, OH 45422

Matt Dunn - Executive Director, 937-225-4573

Montgomery County believes its arts and cultural amenities play a valuable part in our quality of life, making the county a vibrant community in which to live, work, and play.

The Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District is not a geographic entertainment area. Rather, it is a government body similar to a school district or parks district. The Arts and Cultural District supports, nurtures, and encourages the development and preservation of arts and culture throughout Montgomery County, primarily by funding arts and cultural organizations and institutions.

While the County boasts a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations, the following institutions, destinations, and organizations make up our larger institutions and organizations. All of them are recipients of public funding by the Arts and Cultural District:

Aullwood Audubon Center

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Contemporary Dayton

Dayton Art Institute

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC)

Dayton History

Dayton Live

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
(Ballet, Opera, Philharmonic)

Dayton Public Radio 
(WDPR, 88.1 FM)

Dayton Public Television 
(ThinkTV, Channels 14/16)

Human Race Theatre Company

K-12 Gallery for Young People

The Muse Machine

We Care Arts

Competititive Arts Grants
MCACD funds two competitive grant programs that are administered by Culture Works, the region's local arts agency and united arts funds.

The Artist Opportunity Grant is for individual artists pursuing professional development opportunities or completing new works in order to advance their career. The application process is in the fall, with announcements made in November for projects taking place during the following calendar year.

The Special Projects Grant is for small to mid-size organizations holding programs or conducting projects during the July 1 to June 30 fiscal year. The application period for 2021-2022 is now closed.

Quarterly meetings of the Arts and Cultural District Board are all held at 4:00 p.m. at the Reibold Building in downtown Dayton - 117 S. Main Street, Conference room 5405.

2021 regular meeting dates

February 11
May 13
August 12
November 4

2021 committee meetings:

Grants - July 1, 4:30 pm
Planning and Oversight - July 6, 12:00-1:00
Planning and Oversight - July 22, 4:00-5:00

Changes to meeting dates and times and additional, ongoing information on all Board of Trustee meetings, its committees, and sub-committees will be posted on this website. 

For a roster of current board members, click here.