Rosewood Arts Center will be closed from March 20 - April 9. Kettering Children's Theatre performances will still be held during this time. Rosewood Gallery will be open by appointment only. Learn more
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Rosewood Arts Center

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.

**Please note that Rosewood will be closed from March 20 - April 9, 2023Kettering Children's Theatre performances will still be held during this time. Rosewood Gallery will be open by appointment only. Make a gallery appointment

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 tens of thousands of visitors every year!

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Rosewood's Future

The final phase of Rosewood’s renovation begins this summer!  Phase III includes the renovation of the painting and drawing studios, the theater, and the establishment of a printmaking studio.

This summer is notably the first in Rosewood history for camps in air-conditioned classrooms!

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

In 2022, a new mural was painted at Rosewood, led by artist Atalie Gagnet working in partnership with our teen mural apprentice program.  Learn more about this public artwork on our Mural Project page.

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Our Classes

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

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.

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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.

We also host an Artist in Residence program, the Kettering Children’s Theatre and, also online, self-guided art projects with  Art From Home!

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Our Amenities

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!

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Our Supporters

Rosewood Arts Center is supported in part by the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional program support is provided by the Kettering Park Foundation.



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volunteer logoInterested in volunteering with us? Visit the City of Kettering Volunteer Office homepage to learn more!

kac logoThe Kettering Arts Council is a 15 member citizen advisory committee comprised of local artists, art educators, community leaders, and those who truly appreciate the arts. The Kettering Arts Council, in partnership and collaboration with the community, strives to provide access to the arts for all ages, encourage a passion for the arts, and promote art appreciation and education. The Arts Council promotes and enhances an awareness and appreciation of Kettering arts.

Rosewood Arts Center
2655 Olson Drive
Kettering, OH 45420

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Winter 2023 Hours
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sundays Closed

*Rosewood will be closed to the public from March 20 - April 9 due to renovations. Rosewood Gallery will be open by appointment only. Kettering Children's Theatre performances will still be held.

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