About Us


Happy Fall!

It’s November (already) – be sure to take some time to be thankful and reflect on how you and yours have been and are currently affected by the arts!

November is the month for Giving Tuesday, a time for all of us to give to causes that mean the most to us. We hope that you will choose to support The Arts Partnership’s Education Program by participating in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 28. By donating on this day, you can join others in leveraging some generous matching funds so that your gift can make an even bigger impact.

We are pleased that many of our community’s schoolchildren will be impacted by our Arts in the Schools programming this month. Findlay native Mel Hatch Douglas from Madcap Puppets will spend 2 weeks in residency in Findlay City and Hancock County elementary and middle schools where students will make their own puppets and work on their characterization and storytelling skills. Children’s Authors Meghan McCarthy and Bill Thomson will visit students in several schools to read their books to them and tell them what it is like to make a living as an author. These experiences through our Arts in the Schools program are provided at no charge to the schools.

In addition, area schools and homeschools can help their students get in the holiday spirit by attending At the Stroke of Midnight School Day Performance on December 12.

The Hancock County Children’s Choir has been busy rehearsing for several holiday performances. Elementary students in the 26-member choir not only work to improve their music and singing skills, but learn about giving back to the community by sharing their talents. Plan to join them to celebrate the season with music at one of their holiday appearances: December 8, 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Santa Village at St. Andrews United Methodist Church; December 9, 6:30 p.m. at 50North for “Home for the Holidays Dessert Theatre” (tickets available at 50North); and December 10, at 3:15 p.m. in the Birchaven Village Chapel.

We are thankful for all of our sponsors, pARTners, volunteers, educators, and parents who help us to positively impact those in our community through our arts education programming.

A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Peggy Grandbois Executive Director

Youtheatre Ushers
Peggy Grandbois, Executive Director


Our organization, originally named the Findlay Area Arts Council, was founded in 1979 by a group of visionary community leaders. During its birth, the organization’s mission was to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts locally and statewide. The founders included Mrs. E. A. Graham, Mrs. F. F. Flowers, W. T. Maddock, Alex Baluck, Mrs. J.S. Dimling, Mrs. T. A. Buis, E. L. Heminger, Jerry Osborn, Doug Salveson, C. R. Brown.In 1998, the organization changed its name to The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County.Although our organization has grown and changed over the years, the core of our existence has always been to provide arts opportunities that strengthen our community. Increasing the appreciation of art is still one of the goals The Arts Partnership strives to achieve. The Arts Partnership offers a wide range of arts, education and entertainment opportunities each year. Through our programming and events, we strive to unify the community, provide cultural enrichment, and improve the quality of life for people in Findlay and Hancock County. We continually work to meet the ever-changing needs of our community through soliciting and utilizing feedback and involving community members in the planning of our programs. “The current mission of The Arts Partnership is to enrich youth through arts education and advocacy.”

Board of Directors

Sarah Foltz -Event Director Arts Partnership
Craig VanRenterghem Education Director | Arts Partnership

Zachary Huber

Marketing Coordinator

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Contact for membership questions, marketing, or to change or add your mailing address.

Kelda Heitkamp

Event Director

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Contact for information about Volunteering, summer events, ArtWalk, special events, and School Day Performances.

Craig VanRenterghem

Education Director

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Contact for details regarding Student Workshops, Youtheatre, class & workshop registration, and Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers.

Donna Ridenour

Interim Director

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Contact for fundraising, development, and partnership and personnel opportunities.