Rosewood Arts Center presents opportunities for the Kettering and greater Dayton community to experience hands-on activities in visual and performing arts programs.
What does Rosewood offer?
A division of the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Rosewood presents over 400 classes annually for youth and adults, as well as gallery exhibitions, theater performances, artist studios and special events. With specialized facilities including a black and white darkroom, ceramics, glass and jewelry studios, we welcome over 60,000 visitors every year!
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The renovation and reinvention of Rosewood kicked off in September 2021. Classes, exhibitions and programs continue through this phased project. For the latest news, stay up to date through our monthly emails or visit our Project Webpage.
Mural at Rosewood
This summer, a new mural will be painted at Rosewood, led by artist Atalie Gagnet working in partnership with our teen mural apprentice program! Learn more on our Mural Project page.
Our top-notch faculty of working artists and art educators is committed to helping you find your creative bliss without leaving your neighborhood. Rosewood's youth programs focus on introducing artistic media and developing a foundation of skills while making sure each child has an enjoyable experience. Adult programs offer a wide range of options to both hobbyists looking for a creative outlet and to experienced artists who want to take their work to the next level. For all ages, we offer multi-week registered classes, workshops, drop-in programs, and virtual programming. Want to try painting, drawing, dance, creative writing, ceramics, language learning, jewelry making and more? You’ll find it at Rosewood! Use the buttons below to explore our digital guides and enroll.
Rosewood Gallery was established in 1986 as part of Rosewood Arts Center. The gallery specializes in the exhibition of contemporary art by local, regional and national artists. It is dedicated to promoting the visual arts to audiences in the Kettering and Dayton, Ohio region. Rosewood Gallery has a total of 1,800 square feet of exhibition space, offering four group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions annually.
Our Special Events and Programs
Rosewood is home to a wide variety of special events each year. Art on the Playground, held each May, is an award-winning interactive arts festival for kids of all ages. Comic book lovers will enjoy creating comics, meeting authors, and connecting with the community at Comic Book Studio Day in the spring and SuburbiCon: A Comic Creator Expo in the fall. Rosewood's signature event, Art on the Commons, is held every August and draws over 100 juried artists plus thousands of visitors. Since 2013, A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival has brought cheer to Kettering with artists offering handmade gifts for sale, festive performances by community groups, artist demos, kids’ activities, a fan-favorite soup contest and much more.
Whether you’re looking for a fun place to develop your own photos or create your own artwork, Rosewood’s amenities are some of the region’s most specialized and unique. Our equipment and facilities available for public drop-in studio use include pottery, darkroom*, painting, dance, glass and jewelry. In order to use the drop-in studios (ceramics, darkroom, metals, glass), previous experience in the artistic field must be demonstrated and an orientation must be completed. Patrons are also welcome to rent our building spaces for meetings, performances and art parties pending availability.
*Please note that our darkroom is closed temporarily as part of our renovation process. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to sharing our new and improved facility with you!