“Develop and enhance the cultural life and the personal enjoyment of the arts for all citizens in Medina County.”


What We Do

The Medina County Arts Council {MCAC) provides Grants to Medina County organizations, schools and communities promoting the arts, and our Scholarship Program awards one scholarship to a graduating Medina County senior each spring. The primary support for these come from contributions entrusted to us through memberships and gifts, and additional funds are raised from our annual Summer Soirée Fundraiser.  

Each year we honor the art accomplishments of Medina County individuals and organizations with our Service to the Arts Awards

Since 1984, we’ve produced and promoted the annual July Arts Week Festival and related activities including afternoon arts programs for children, and evening concerts for adults and families.

We offer summer Art Classes for Children.

For more than 20 years, the MC Arts Council has co-sponsored Spirits of the Past, the dramatic history walk featuring Medina's Historic Square, in cooperation with The Medina County Historical Society and the Medina County Show Biz Company

We publish Arts Views, a monthly e-newsletter and a Community Arts Calendar. And, we're on Facebook so you can receive up-to-date information about local arts and MCAC activities as soon as they post..

For the future, the Council seeks to increase membership, to increase the number of grants to be awarded,  to encourage growth in programming, and to provide additional publicity and services to local artists and arts organizations.   

Our History

The Medina County Arts Council, Inc., was formally organized in 1983 through the efforts of the Medina Branch of The American Association of University Women and other interested citizens. Its general purpose was to encourage and support the fine and performing arts in Medina County. A membership drive was completed with financial help from The AAUW Educational Foundation, Westfield Companies, and other local companies and artists. The Council received its non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1984 and is incorporated in the state of Ohio.

The Board of Trustees of the Council is composed of local artists, business leaders, and members of the community-at-large who are interested in the continued development of this county-wide arts support and service network.  Financial support for Council activities has been generated through an annual membership and contribution drive. Through special memorial contributions in 2002 and 2003, the Council was able to establish The Medina County Arts Council Endowment Fund under the Medina County Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. Income from this fund will be allowed to capitalize for the near future to allow the fund to grow for future income.

Rapid growth in Medina County has had a major impact on local arts organizations, activities, and artists. The Arts Council Board, following a Strategic Plan developed as a result of an Ohio Arts Council consultancy, has worked diligently to keep pace with this growth. The following mission statement was adopted: The Medina County Arts Council, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and build community excellence through the arts in Medina County.” 


Dan Hostetler
Medina County Arts Council

Participants in the Art 1.11 Annual Art Show were given 111 minutes to complete their “masterpieces” at Medina High School.

Participants in the Art 1.11 Annual Art Show were given 111 minutes to complete their “masterpieces” at Medina High School.