Conneaut Arts Center

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Seniors


1025 Buffalo StConneaut, OH 44030 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Conneaut Arts Center is committed to enhancing the cultural identity of the community by providing a venue and programming for all ages to recognize and experience creative expression and the fundamental value of the arts, culture, and local history.


Housed in Historic Kilpi Hall, this former Finnish Meeting Hall was built in 1899 by Charles Gran and the Kilpi Temperance Society, comprised of Finnish immigrants. It became the heart of the Finnish community in Conneaut. They gathered here for music, dance, theatre, and fellowship.

In 1975, a group of about 30 people in Conneaut had been discussing the need for a community center. The proposal to buy Kilpi Hall was presented to City Council, area businesses, and other interested parties, and was well received. Each member donated $10 each, which became the first membership campaign. With a specialized loan, the Center's officers signed a mortgage agreement in July of 1976 and the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts was born. Kilpi Hall is once again a place to gather for music, dance, theater, and fellowship. As of winter of 2012, we formally changed our name to the Conneaut Arts Center.

CAC partners with several businesses throughout the county to bring artistic enrichment to the community. The Conneaut Arts Center is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is located on the beautiful Lake Erie lake front, in Conneaut Ohio. The Conneaut Art Center offers dance, theater, visual arts, exercise, music, for both youth and adult artisans within the community and surrounding areas.


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