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is a program of

Portsmouth Area Arts Council


To integrate the arts into the lives of children and families and to encourage the appreciation of the arts and cultural heritage of the region.



For over 50 years, the Portsmouth Area Arts Council has been coloring your world with the arts. Our dedication to serving quality live theatre and arts experiences to the youth of the community brings joy to thousands of young audience members each year. We also provide a home away from home for local children through our Portsmouth Area Children's Theatre. Our ensemble of student actors blurs the lines between school rivalries and socio-economic boundaries, creating a positive and welcoming atmosphere while offering high quality and educational programming.


Programs and Services:

• Sponsors the Portsmouth Area Children's Theatre and annual scholarships for graduating student members

• Sponsors educational live theatre outreach programs to local and regional schools

• Sponsors professional, main stage performances at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

• Provides theatre camp opportunities for local students throughout the year

• Provides funding support for All-County Honors Music Festival and Visually Literate High School Art Show


Programs and Services:

• Established in late 1968, PAAC was instrumental in launching the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center

• PAAC has over 100 active student members in the Portsmouth Area Children's Theatre

• PAAC offers free participation to all students in Children's Theatre productions

• PAAC's student matinées are just $3 per seat, ensuring accessibility to quality and curriculum-connected field trips for area schools

Contact Info for Portsmouth Area Arts Council:

Phone: (740) 351-3642



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Address: PO Box 1258, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

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