Sold Out: Westerville Loves the Arts

Did you know that all four scheduled performances of Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid sold out so quickly that another matinee performance had to be added? Have you visited Arts Alley during a 4th Friday event or taken Westerville’s Art in Public Spaces tour? If you answered “yes” to all three, congratulations! You know what’s happening with the arts in Westerville! If you answered no, but are a lover of the arts, keep reading and learn something new!

Former WVCB Board of Trustees member Jane Denick was a champion of the arts in Westerville. Before she passed away in 2014, she was instrumental in forming The Arts Council of Westerville, she played tuba in the Westerville Concert Band and she, her husband Ralph and their business partners bought Java Central Coffee House and Gifts and made it into a comfy place where art thrives to this day.

Jane expressed frustration that creative kids and adults alike were not getting the recognition their talents deserved. She believed achievements in all forms of art should be celebrated just as much as football, basketball, lacrosse or other athletic endeavors. She wanted to draw attention to the band member, the sculptor, the storyteller, the painter and the actor. She believed that art comes in many forms and those who engage their minds in the creation of such forms should be recognized.

Former WVCB Board Member and champion of the arts in Westerville Jane Denick

From the Westival Community Band and Art Festival to the poetry readings and stage productions that take place in our community, the arts are alive and well in Westerville, thanks to folks like Jane who want to see to it that the arts matter.

Each year, the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau presents the Jane Denick Advancement of the Arts Award to a group or organization that promotes and builds appreciation for the arts in Westerville just as Jane did. If you would like to submit a suggestion for this year’s winner, contact the WVCB at 614-794-0401 or

Moving Right Along

Staff at the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is excited to be moving back into our Uptown office after two month absence. Our building at 20 W. Main St. has been renovated and it looks fantastic! It will take us most of this week and some of next to get everything organized, but we’ll have our doors open soon!

Just to give you an idea of how many things so on in Westerville during the busy spring/summer season, here is a list of just some of the events that happened just in the two months we’ve been out of Uptown:

  • Curtain Players presented, “By the Skin of Our Teeth”
  • Westerville Public Library hosted author Anthony Doerr
  • Westerville Uptown Merchants hosted seven “Uptown Friday Nights” and Auctioned Art Umbrellas
  • Our office held two Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays Uptown
  • The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce presented the annual Music & Arts Festival
  • Westerville Community Bands performed their Spring Concert
  • Westerville Historical Society heard Otterbein Archivist Steven Grinch speak about Women at Otterbein.
  • The City of Westerville presented Party At the Creek at Alum Creek Park
  • Honor Flight held its annual Jukebox Review
  • The Sunrise Rotary once again wowed us with the Field of Heroes
  • Hoover Sailing Club hosted their Open House
  • Otterbein Summer Theatre performed Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • The Lion’s Club served up its 43rd Annual Chicken Dinner
  • The Chamber’s Young Professional’s Group had their Uptown Shuffle
  • Parks and Rec hosted the Baby Bargain Boutique
  • The Arts Council of Westerville and the Westerville Community Bands teamed up to present Westival

And summer’s not over yet! For a complete list of events still to come, visit our Upcoming Events page!

Celebrate the Arts During Westival!

Alum Creek Park North should be on your itinerary this weekend. That’s because the Arts Council of Westerville will fill it with music, art and food trucks as part of it’s Westival event on Saturday, June 4th from Noon to 9pm.

This is the second year for the event, which was called the Westerville Community Band and Arts Festival. Westerville has so much talent and this will give you the opportunity to experience it, along with the talents of other central Ohio groups, for FREE! Bring your lawn chair and spend an hour or all day. To get the complete music schedule, Click Here!

While you’re there, you’ll be shaded by not only the beautiful trees along the east bank of Alum Creek, but by large and colorful umbrellas, painted by artists and up for auction. Here’s all the info you need to bid on one and take it home. Everyone needs more art in their world, right?

Rolling With the Punches-Office Closed

WVCB OfficeThe WVCB  office is usually a busy place this time of year. Residents and visitors alike stop into our lobby for local information as well as ideas for one-tank trips around the Buckeye State. We enjoy greeting guests and sharing tidbits. That’s why we are incredibly saddened to let you know that, until further notice, the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau office at 20 W. Main St. will be closed. Our office building sustained damage on May 10th and safety inspectors are not allowing anyone inside. (more…)

Under Construction!

It’s a bit cliche, but it is appropriate: Pardon our dust! The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau welcomes you to our new website, just be patient as we add information to the framework created for us by Andrew Streetman and his staff at Vysion Technology Solutions, a Westerville-based company.

There are literally hundreds of events planned in Westerville for 2016 and we want to share them all with you! While we are in the process of moving them from our old site, feel free to give us a call if you have questions about upcoming events. If we don’t have the info, we’ll figure out where to find it. We’ll be glad to help you out! (more…)