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    The Gateway Arts Council promotes all facets of art, including theatrical shows for children
                                                                                                               GATEWAY ARTS COUNCIL
No organization has been more instrumental in the development of the arts in the region than the Gateway Arts Council, beginning its
32nd year of arts programming in Shelby County.
The main office of the GAC is an old Victorian home on North Miami Avenue in Sidney that includes gallery space as well as rooms for music lessons and chamber music recitals. The gallery is an ideal spot to showcase area artists and the GAC has also brought artists from outside the region to enrich and inspire the local community. The GAC not
only has revolving art exhibits in
its gallery, but hosts book signings, recitals, and art workshops.
In 2016, GAC produced a film dedicated to telling the story
of Shelby County’s incredible workforce. Produced and directed by Columbus filmmaker John Ondo, “Moving A Nation: Made in Shelby County” features interviews with local employers and employees
who make Shelby County home to more manufacturing per capita than anywhere else in Ohio. The DVD of the one-hour documentary is
still available for purchase from the GAC.
The GAC provides entertainment for audiences of all ages through two concert series: the Youth Education Series (YES!) and the Presents
Series. YES! is held at the Cameo Theater with national touring shows for children. The Presents Series
is held at the Sidney High School auditorium and has featured such nationally known acts as Simply Sinatra Christmas, The Second City, B.J. Thomas, 3 Redneck Tenors, Collin Raye, and the Osmond Brothers (April 13, 2019).
In March and April, the GAC presents its annual Spring Fling Fine Arts Competition and Exhibit. Along with the traditional visual arts competition, literary arts and culinary arts were added in 2017. In June, “It’s All About That Brick” brings the Lego Design Challenge to Sidney, promoting the creative and original use of Lego bricks. The
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