Dublin Arts Council engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts. They brings art to the community with performances, galleries, events, classes, public art, ARTcamp, and so much more.
There’s always a way to get involved with the arts with DAC. Follow along on the website and Facebook for free art programs, ideas, and projects. Check out some of the great offerings below.
Get outside with Dublin Arts Council
Art in Public Places in Dublin
Dublin Arts Council makes art even more accessible by creating a collection of public art for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Dublin Art in Public Places program begin in 1988 and has grown to more than 50 large and small-scale permanent, temporary and interactive public art projects today. Check out the website for locations of the art around Dublin. Grab the kids and explore some public art this summer!
Riverboxes: Where Geocaching meets public art
Try out a different version on letterboxing and geocaching with Riverboxes™!
Riverboxes contain a unique artist-made stamp, journal and historical and environmental information for visitors to discover in Dublin parks along the banks of or connected to the Scioto River and its tributaries. Clues to the whereabouts of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found on the website. Print your Riverboxes Passport Booklet here.
You can also bring your own journal and ink stamp while you search. Letterboxing/geocaching hobbyists often mark their journals with the ink stamps discovered at each location, and in turn, imprint the site’s journal with their own ink stamp.
Dublin Arts Council ARTboxes
ARTboxes look like “little libraries” and include free grab-and-go art activities for all ages and experience levels. Creative prompts and materials rotate seasonally and can be found around Dublin all year long.
- Outside the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd.
- Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Dr., Dublin
- Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., Dublin
- Kaltenbach Park, 5985 Cara Rd., Dublin
- In the Frog Park in Historic Dublin near the Visit Dublin Ohio Visitors Center, 13 S. High St., Dublin
Share your creations by tagging @DublinArtsCouncil on Facebook or @DublinArts on Instagram or Twitter.
Community Art with DAC
Gallery Exhibits at Dublin Arts Council
Dublin Arts Council hosts a year-round Visual Arts Series of gallery exhibitions by local, regional and international artists. Parking and admission are free of charge but during pandemic restrictions, guests must register to visit. Exclusive gallery visits can be scheduled on the website.
The Bright Side: Eileen Woods and Barbara Vogel
on view at Dublin Arts Council
Aug. 3 – Sept. 10, 2021
Free admission and parking – appointments required
The Bright Side, an exhibition of embroidery and photography by central Ohio artists Eileen Woods and Barbara Vogel, explores age and loss through portraits of loved ones and comrades. Woods’ hand-embroidery on boldly printed fabric reveals portraits surrounded by the cosmos, while Vogel begins her process with color film, scanned and fused with layers of wax to produce an other-worldly quality in the subjects of her artwork. Approximately three weeks before the exhibition’s opening, gallery visits may be scheduled at: https://visitdublinartscouncil.as.me
38th Sundays at Scioto concert series
Sundays, Aug. 15 – Oct. 3, 2021 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. each week
Dublin’s Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Dr.
The artists planned from 2020 are back in 2021. Genres vary each week and range from pop and soul to tribute and World music. For more information, including the lineup, visit https://dublinarts.org/sundaysatscioto. Free – registration required.
Dublin Arts Council Facility visits
Tuesday – Thursday 10am-3:30pm
Second Saturday of each month 11am-2pm
First appointment of each day reserved for vulnerable populations
Book here or call 614-889-7444
Past DAC events
Dublin Arts Council Wishing Tree
Collecting wishes April 2021
Planting April 30 (Arbor Day)
7125 Riverside Dr., Dublin, Ohio 43016
During the month of April, visit Dublin Arts Council’s ARTboxes throughout Dublin to complete a biodegradable wish tag. Inscribe it with your wishes and hang it on the Wishing Tree on the Dublin Arts Council plaza, 7125 Riverside Dr.
On Arbor Day, April 30, it will be planted on the grounds, along with the wishes, to nurture, heal and grow. The tree is a Kindred Spirit Upright Oak, specially selected by City of Dublin Parks & Recreation / Forestry Department.
[Your Street Name Here] Arts Festival
June 11 – 13, 2021
in neighborhoods throughout Dublin
Celebrate art from community homes, placed outside for walkers and bicyclists to enjoy June 11 – 13, 2021. Artwork is personally or professionally created and represents all ages. In 2020, this event resulted in “festivals” in 29 different neighborhoods. A list of participating neighborhoods and a community map will be hosted at https://dublinarts.org/event/the-your-street-name-here-arts-festival/ Dublin residents interested in sharing information with their neighbors to coordinate a “festival” should contact Janet Cooper, email@example.com or 614-889-7444.
Tanabata Festival in Dublin
July 2-9, 2021
Dublin-based Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) and Dublin Arts Council have partnered to encourage community members to experience Tanabata, the “star festival” which takes place on July 7, the seventh day of the seventh month.
Originating from Chinese legend, star-crossed lovers, the deities of Orihime and Hikoboshi, are represented by the stars Altair and Vega. The pair are usually separated from one another by the Milky Way galaxy, and are only able to meet once per year on this day.
When Tanabata observances began in Japan, aristocrats in the imperial court would celebrate by writing verses as they gazed up at the stars. During this period, a tradition of writing wishes on small pieces of colored paper, or “tanzaku,” and hanging them from branches of bamboo appeared. Bamboo is thought to have become part of the tradition for its propensity to grow straight and tall, with upward-stretching branches bearing wishes to heaven on the wind.