Henry County Arts Council History

The Henry County Arts Council is dedicated to building and enhancing community while nurturing excellence in the arts and culture.


A nonprofit organization, it was started in February 1998 under the leadership of a group of people who believed the arts were essential to our community. They realized there was a need for arts experiences in our area and knew that providing such a resource would make Henry County a better place to live and work. They started by surveying the community and holding a town meeting to discuss a vision. From there, a board of directors was formed and HCAC was off and running. By December of that year, they began leasing downtown space in Napoleon for the Arts Center, and in January 2001 they hired an executive director to make sure the community programs continue.


In just a couple of years, the arts have blossomed in our midst. Community members have shown their support by teaching classes and giving their time to help the newly formed Henry County Arts Council.


As such, we have been able to offer programs to all ages with after school arts classes, summer creativity and theater camps, Saturday art classes, teacher workshops and adult classes such as quilting, painting and more. We have offered gallery displays, dances and professional shows that bring the community together and provide wholesome family entertainment.


We have come a long way in just a few short years!