Rosewood Arts Center is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for the residents of Kettering and the greater Dayton area by providing creative experiences through the arts.
What does Rosewood offer?
A division of the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Rosewood presents hundreds of classes annually for youth and adults, as well as gallery exhibitions, theater performances, artist studios and special events. With specialized facilities including a darkroom, ceramics, dance, painting, sculpture, printmaking, glass and jewelry studios, we welcome tens of thousands of visitors every year.
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Rosewood's Renovation and Reinvention
The final phase of Rosewood’s renovation was completed in December 2023. Classes begin in our studio spaces for the Winter 2024 season in January. To learn more about the renovation and reinvention, visit our Project Webpage.
Artist in Residence
Passages: A Community Art Project
Workshops with Artist in Residence Leesa Haapapuro
Ongoing through March 2024
Inspired by hand painted and gilded manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Incunabula, or books printed before 1500, Leesa Haapapuro invites the community to participate in a series of free workshops illuminating the William Carlos Williams’ epic poem Asphodel, That Greeny Flower.
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.
Founded in 1986 at Rosewood Arts Center, the Kettering Health Art Gallery (Rosewood Gallery) is a non-collecting exhibition space dedicated to exhibiting the work of contemporary artists living and working in the Kettering region and throughout the United States. The Gallery receives operating support through City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
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 enrollment and completion in a relevant Rosewood Arts Center class is required and an orientation must be completed.
Rosewood Arts Center
2655 Olson Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed for the following 2024 Holidays:
January 15, February 19, May 27, July 4, September 2, November 28 - 29, December 24 - 25