Montgomery County (OH)

County Arts Leadership

In its 2010 strategic planning, the Commissioners stated that "amenities are essential including: recreation, arts and culture, festivals and family-based activities." In their plan they committed to securing resources to continue to fund arts and cultural programs and to work with the City of Dayton to revive the urban core with a particular emphasis on creating a sense of place while attracting and retaining the creative class.

They are the sole funder (more than $24 million) of the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, and they are the sole owners of two historic buildings: The Old Courthouse and Memorial Hall, operated through a public-private partnership with Dayton History, Montgomery County's official historical organization. In addition, they lead a comprehensive cultural plan which called for the funding of the county’s visual arts, ballet, opera, theatre, museums, performing arts, folk arts, dance, symphony, public radio, television, arts education and historic preservation; the creation of Culture Works (the merger of the local arts council and the united arts fund); the construction of the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses several small and mid-size arts organizations; and the building of the state-of-the-art Schuster Performing Arts Center.