Arts, Performances & Culture

Adventures for Your Senses!

Whether you’re looking for visual or performing arts, Athens County has got it! Thanks to passionate community members and the influence of Ohio University faculty and students, Athens County’s arts and theater scene is respected throughout the region and often recognized nationally.

Athena Cinema

Since 1915, the Athena Cinema has been one of the jewels of uptown Athens.

Dairy Barn Arts Center

Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.

Stuart’s Opera House

Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville is excited to offer a brand new, grand reception area with seating and table service for up to 250 people, including a new catering kitchen and full bar.

Village Productions

Village Productions reaches out to the Appalachian Community providing classes and programs in Amesville and surrounding areas with the goal of teaching from the inside-out.


Many diverse groups utilize the rehearsal and performing spaces at ARTS/West.

Fur Peace Ranch

Conceived in 1989 by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen, The Fur Peace Ranch is nestled in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio.

Come be a guest in this land of musical peace.

The Kennedy Museum of Art

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, Southeast Ohio’s Professional Theater Company, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation located in Athens, Ohio.

Hutchison Horsedrawn Wagon Rides

John Hutchison raises Percheron horses on his farm in Vinton County Ohio. They work the farm together and raise Christmas trees.

Ohio University School of Dance, Film and Theater

Through this multifaceted educational catalyst, creativity and artistry abound. There is nearly always a performance or screening for OU’s talented dance, film, and theater artists to share with their peers and the community.

Ohio University School of Music

Presenting nearly 200 concerts, master classes, and workshops in a variety of styles annually, School of Music events are dynamic, vibrant, and most are free!

Ohio Valley Summer Theater

Established in 1951 as a university/community partnership, OVST has specialized in summertime productions the entire family can enjoy. OVST has expanded its offerings into the early spring and holiday months, with special performances at ARTS/West.

Paper Circle

Paper Circle is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and advancement of paper and book arts.