In the Fall of 2006, 45 citizen-stakeholders from Chagrin Falls gathered to envision how its arts community could look. A 2020 vision was proposed to restore Chagrin Falls as a destination for arts and cultural experiences. Since 2007, Chagrin Arts has been a proud product and proponent of that vision.
On the broad shoulders of the Valley Art Center and the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, a movement was born. Four additional arts and cultural organizations, each with its own mission, are sharing the vision. Chagrin Arts presents high quality programs including its renowned Chautauqua-in-Chagrin™ lecture series and entertaining Performing Arts Series. The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival innovates and gains respect in the film industry. The Museum of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society offers a portal to the community’s historic past. The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra embodies the excitement of studio arrangements. All help fulfill that 2020 vision.
We celebrate the mission and vision of Chagrin Arts by continuing to promote Chagrin Falls as a destination for intimate venues and high quality entertainment, with renowned restaurants and exciting retail opportunities.
Welcome! We invite you to share the ride.
Stephen G. Thomas
President and Founder of Chagrin Arts
On July 10, 2007, Arun Gandhi, founder of The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, presented at the first Chautauqua Tuesdays, now known as Chautauqua-in-Chagrin™. Mr. Gandhi was joined by Dick Celeste, former Ohio Governor and Ambassador to India, and Rev. Alastair Symington, chaplain to the Queen of England at Balmoral. The topic was The Meteoric Rise of India.
Since that historic evening, Chagrin Arts has experienced its own meteoric rise by expanding programs that challenge, educate, entertain and enrich the lives we touch. The celebration of our 10th Anniversary in 2017, is a true testament to the past and present support of our donors, volunteers, artists, performers, staff and patrons.
I invite you to share and celebrate the power of our Performing Arts and the engaging energy of Chautauqua-in-Chagrin™.