The Artistic Side of Ohio

in Portsmouth & Scioto County 

Discover a world of creativity and expression throughout Scioto County, where arts and cultural organizations flourish. From contemporary art galleries to historical museums, this county’s rich tapestry of artistic endeavors offers an immersive experience that captivates the senses and enriches the soul. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply curious about different cultures, Scioto County is a haven for exploration and inspiration.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a repeat visitor, the Portsmouth Floodwall Murals is one of the top artistic attractions in Portsmouth. Painted by famed artist Robert Dafford, the Floodwall Murals tell the complex story of Portsmouth-Scioto County through a series of painted scenes on the historic floodwall. Folks can experience the massive piece of artwork via a walk or drive down the wall. If you want to take a deeper look into the artwork while also learning about Portsmouth’s past, visitors can download the free Portsmouth Murals, Inc. app that includes a narrator and additional pictures. But the murals are just the tip of the iceberg of artistic expression in the community.

A local arts organization called the Trillium Project is working to create spaces where local artists, storytellers, musicians, poets, historians, and culture bearers are involved and employed in projects that enliven and inspire the community. Projects like the Second Chance and the Portsmouth Street Art Project work to create spaces for these local artists to work. From creating sidewalk and asphalt art to transforming empty window spaces into artistic displays to painted murals throughout the city of Portsmouth and Scioto County. The Portsmouth Street Art Project works to provide a legal public space for graffiti and street art. The best part about this project? It’s open to the public, residents, and visitors alike to express themselves!

If you are interested in performing arts, Portsmouth offers plenty of options! Whether you want to attend a nationally or internationally touring act or are looking to experience the local performance arts community, Portsmouth has it all. Catch one of the many national and international shows that come through town at Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Shows like The Cher Show, Uptown, and Madagascar: The Musical are just a few of the acts that have graced the stage at the Vern Riffe Center. Portsmouth also has a few local theatre companies that provide fun and interactive performances throughout the year. The Portsmouth Little Theatre performs all kinds of drama works and is showcased in a historic theatre in downtown Portsmouth. Cirque d’ Art Theatre is a local circus theatre that teaches and engages children of all ages in circus theatrics. Various themed performances occur at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts all year round, including the holiday favorite, the Nutcracker every holiday season.

Are you interested in having an interactive artistic experience? Craft your own piece of pottery, plate, or statue at The Happy Pot. The Happy Pot allows you to paint unique creations you can take and display at your home! Places like the Southern Ohio Museum allow you to explore the world of art through various rotating temporary and permanent exhibitions. Explore and connect yourself to modern art through rotating exhibitions displayed throughout the year. Look back through past cultures as you study over 10,000 Native American artifacts through the Art of the Ancients: Wertz Collection, most of which are part of the Hopewell culture that was once called Scioto County home over 2,000 years ago. Get really interactive with a trip to the VaultOhio, an Esports facility complete with PCs and gaming consoles, and Virtual Reality units to get into the competitive spirit. No matter the type of interactive experience, Portsmouth has it all!

As you can see, the arts and cultural innovations bleed around every corner of Portsmouth-Scioto County. Experience the full display of the arts for yourself when you take a visit to Portsmouth. Visit the Portsmouth-Scioto County Visitors Bureau for more information about visiting Scioto County.

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