Arts & Culture

Vandalia Arts Program

In 2020, The Vandalia Arts Program was formed by combining The Vandalia Cultural Arts Program and The Public Arts in Vandalia Program. This action combined the activities, programs, and Funds along with the Committee Members to form the Vandalia Arts Council.

This fund as part of the Vandalia-Butler Foundation shall be for the exclusive benefit of the citizens of the City of Vandalia by providing revenue to support artistic and cultural activities, programs, performances, and organizations, including but not limited to, programs that enhance neighborhoods and urban environments in the City through installation and maintenance of permanent or temporary works of art and providing for other related purposes as determined by the Advisory Council.

Arts & Culture Annual Events

  • Annual Vandalia Arts Grant Program
  • Municipal Building Exhibits
  • Annual “Art Parked” Sculpture Exhibit at the Vandalia Art Park
  • Annual “Images” Exhibit at the Vandalia Art Park

Art Program Grant Application

To be eligible for 2023 grants, artistic endeavors must take place between July 1 of the current year and June 30 of the following year, and the sponsoring organization must be non-profit and hold 501c3 tax-exempt status or work through a 501c3organization. In awarding grants, the Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee emphasizes the proposed projects’ specific impact on Vandalia. Sponsoring organizations must be non-profit.

Grant applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at the Vandalia Municipal Building or View 2023 Cultural Arts Program Application Packet (PDF). The deadline for submission of 2023 applications is Friday, February 24, 2023.

Grants Awarded

Up to $7,500 will be available for grants for 2023. Individual grant size will depend on the number of applications.

Year IssuedCategory
2020Muse Machine Musical Annual Production
2019Vandalia Youth Theater
2019Muse Machine Annual Production
2018Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm/Chris Rowlands Mural Project at Demmitt Elementary
2018Demmitt Elementary School / Muse Machine Residency
2018Smith Middle School / Muse Machne Residency
2018Vandalia Youth Theater Annual Production
2018Brighter Connections Theatre Implementation of Young Adult Program
2018Muse machine Musical Annual Musical
2017Aullwood for Artist in Residence at Helke Elementary
2017Vandalia Youth Theater Annual Production
2017Muse Machine for Annual Production
2017Demmitt Elementary School for Muse Machine Artist in Residence Program

View 2023 Cultural Arts Program Application Packet (PDF)

Vandalia Municipal Building Exhibit

Vandalia Arts and Culture promotes exhibits in the Vandalia Municipal Building Gallery. Artists are invited to submit an application to display for a 30 day or 60 day exhibit. The gallery can accommodate both 2D and 3D media. 

View Artist Exhibit Display Application (PDF)

Items of interest

  • 2012 - Brochure on Vandalia Area Public / Private Art (PDF)
  • 2011 - Vandalia unveiled five sculptures that were installed and dedicated in an "art crawl" ceremony with a day of art-related activities.
  • 2010 - Vandalia "Chiseled" (PDF), a Stone Sculpture Symposium, took place in September 2010 on the grounds of the Vandalia Recreation Center. Five sculptors worked daily on their projects over a two-week period while the public was invited to come out and watch. The finished pieces have been placed throughout the City.


Thank you for your desire to contribute and help make a difference. Please note that Vandalia Art Fund #1676 is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, and we process all gifts and donations through their website. You will be redirected to the foundation's website where you will be able to contribute to the art fund.

Donate to the Vandalia Art Fund #1676

Other Art and Culture

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