Arts Place, Inc. is the premiere community arts facility promoting and supporting the arts as an integral part of daily life in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. The unveiling of the 21,000 square foot, $2.9 million facility was celebrated in December 2000, and features a 285-seat state-of-the-art performing arts theatre with full backstage support, three art galleries, two spacious visual arts classrooms, six music studios, an arts park complete with a 3000-pound gas kiln and demonstration area, and several large works of public art by regional artists on the grounds.
Nestled in its beautiful park-like setting in downtown Portland, the facility features perennial favorites such as an annual Performing Arts Series, MusicWorks and CreativeWorks instructional programs, Goodrich Hall for large business meetings or catered functions; the Hugh N. Ronald Gallery featuring regional artists; and Arts in the Parks, a summer art program for children.
True to its mission, Arts Place offers vibrant programming that nurtures the creative spirit in everyone. Plan your visit today! Have a picnic stop in Arts Park, visit the Hugh N. Ronald Gallery, tour the facilities, attend performing arts events in Hall Moser Theatre...and much, much more!
Honoring the dedication and sacrifice of those who serve in the armed forces of the United States, The Museum of the Soldier gives visitors a unique insight into the history and life of the American soldier, with many of the displays featuring local heroes. Recognizing the individual service man or woman is a key feature of the museum. Pictures and history bring a face to the objects on display. It is the person, represented by these artifacts, that the museum presents to the visitor. The museum houses exhibits material from the five branches of the U.S. military, Red Cross, USO, Salvation Army, and Merchant Marines.
The Museum of the Soldier got its start with three original founders, local military historians James Waechter, Brian Williamson, and Michael McBride. They began culling their efforts in the early 1980s and started providing displays for local schools and events. For 15 years this group provided traveling displays with a goal of preserving and presenting histories of the men and women, the families and workers back home, during times of war, of peace, and peace keeping. In 1997, the MOS Group received the deed to the Coca Cola bottling plant in Portland, Indiana. What began as a traveling display now has a place to display exhibits on a permanent basis, and continues to welcome visitors April through November.
Experience the heritage and beauty of America's oldest industry! When gas was discovered in 1896, dozens of glass houses soon popped up. Depression-Era glass, Albany Glass, Fostoria, Kings Crown, and many other styles and one-of-a-kind items have been produced in the area. Glass is thought to be fragile, but many examples of the craft have survived from thousands of years ago. The museum connects visitors to Dunkirk's past through 8,000 unique pieces of glass from 110 factories around the world. See 25 leaded glass windows, 25 hanging lamps, and hundreds of hand-blown and hand-pressed glass creations.
The Jay County Historical museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of "The Only Jay in The USA". The 11,000 sq. foot museum holds thousands of artifacts dating back to 1838. The museum is staffed by dedicated volunteers who would be happy to share Jay County’s history with you.
Hours & Admission
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free to get into the 11,000 sq. foot museum, and the building is handicapped accessible.
Sunday museum open houses occur frequently throughout the year. In the early fall, our Jay County Heritage Festival has history-related fun and entertainment for all ages on the grounds of the museum, and admission is free. End-of-year holiday time brings special indoor activities at the museum, as well.
Jay County Historical Society
The Jay County Historical Society is proud to display and discuss the rich history of Jay County and its communities. Whether your interest lies in genealogical research or simply in exploring the past, the historical society can offer an exciting glance back in time for visitors and residents.
3202 N Meridian St. Portland, IN
The Ritz Theatre in Portland, Indiana first opened in 1989 in a building that had previously housed a furniture store and a dime store, among other things. It is managed with the ambition of showing new, first run movies at a price that would be affordable for a family. Whenever possible, family friendly movies are requested and shown. Please refer to the guidelines set forth when considering what is appropriate for younger viewers.