Springtime at Orange Art Center

We love spring at the Orange Art Center (OAC). Everything comes alive. As the thaw begins our snowbirds are back to participate in our spring session of classes and workshops. And the staff and teachers’ excitement builds as we patiently await the current group of Senior Project Students to begin their month long residency in May.


The OAC allocates up to four available positions, with one of those places set aside for our Charlene Powers Award winner. The Charlene Powers Award is given to an Orange High School junior who shows promise in art. He/she receives both cash and a gift certificate to continue their art development by taking classes at the OAC. Originally known as The Orange Art Center Art Award, it was created during Charlene Powers’s tenure as director of the OAC.


In 2010 the award was renamed to honor Ms. Powers, a founder and the first director of the Orange Art Center, because she was such a strong advocate of community involvement through the arts.


This past December, as we prepared for the arrival of the polar vortex, we were all saddened to learn of Ms. Powers passing, but we can all take comfort in knowing that every spring, along with the thaw, a new Charlene Powers Award winner will walk through our doors to continue their love for the arts.



Orange Art Center

31500 Chagrin Boulevard

Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124




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