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Living Arts Center at Front Street

April 5 - 27, 2024

Friends of the Living Arts Center (FOTLAC) will host a benefit at Front Street for their documentary about the legendary Living Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio 1967-1977.  Artwork for the exhibition includes photography, paintings, mixed media, and textiles by alumni and friends.  Displays include a silent auction, activities such as a digital photography workshop, mixed media workshops, Sip and Stitch, and children’s art drop-in classes.

April 5, 5-9:00 p.m.
April 6, 11-3 p.m.
April 11, 11-3 p.m.
April 21, 11-4 p.m.
April 25, 11-3 p.m.
And by appointment.  Contact Cathy at

Adult Workshops: Please contact Cathy at with questions or to register.

Dan Cleary, Photographer
April 7th, 1-4:00 p.m.
Cost $89
This class is designed for photography beginners and photo enthusiasts looking to learn the basics of digital photography- both the art and the science of it.
*Bring your camera.
Marker & Oil Pastel
Terry Hitt, Artist/ Retired UD Professor
April 14th, 2-5:00 p.m.
Cost $50
In this expressive workshop, you will learn how to exchange quick marker and oil pastel scribbling until refined into order and harmony of color emerges.
*Supplies furnished.
Creative Play: A mixed media workshop
Sharon Stolzenberger, Artist
April 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
Cost $60
The benefits of play encourage a way to create a fresh intuitive design.
*Supplies furnished.
April 10, Drop in between 11-3:00 p.m.
$10 per hour 
Artist Choice
April 12, Drop in between 11-3:00 p.m.
$10 per hour
April 24, Drop in between 11-3:00 p.m.
$10 per hour 
Artist Choice
April 26, Drop in between 11-3:00 p.m.
$10 per hour 

Children's Classes (Ages 5-10):  Please contact Cathy at with questions or to register.

Make Your Own Paper Gnome
April 13, Drop in between 11-3:00 p.m.
$10 per hour
Students will create a fun and interactive gnome. Lots of paper
cutting techniques will be explained. Perfect for an adult and child.
*Supplies furnished.

Paint a Flower Pot
April 20, Drop in between 11-3:00p.m.
$10 per hour
Children will paint a flower pot with acrylic paint.
*Supplies furnished.

History of the Living Arts Center

The Living Arts Center was a Dayton Public Schools innovative program benefiting a diverse population of students from throughout the Dayton area. The program was originally financed by a substantial education grant and DPS from 1967-1977. Alumni from across the country have banded together to create the making of a documentary about the center. Over fifty interviews have taken place, along with filming in downtown Dayton, and at the site of the former Living Arts Center building, 612 Linden Ave. a mural was painted in 2023.

The documentary will show how children were challenged to develop their ideas, create, and appreciate the arts. The program included highly qualified department heads and staff, a visiting artist program, field trips, and opportunities to attend live performances of plays, concerts, and artist talks. Although the program ran during afterschool hours and on Saturdays, there was much more to be learned by emphasizing the humanities and acceptance. We want to show the impact of the program now over fifty years ago.
Friends of the Living Arts Center (FOTLAC) is a 501c3 nonprofit created to promote and illustrate the benefits of community-based afterschool arts education. To learn more or to donate please visit