Arts and Culture

Carnegie Cultural Center & Ottawa Community Arts Council 

501 S. Main St., Ottawa// (785)

Live music and monthly art exhibits can be found at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The center houses the Suzuki Strings and the Ottawa Community Arts Council, which hosts various shows of local and visiting artists. 

Ottawa Art Guild 

The group is made up of local artists who meet to discuss art and plan a show each year at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The guild takes sign-ups to display art at participating businesses around Franklin County. All are welcome to join and express their art through any medium, including photography, charcoal, painting, drawing, interpretive, and all other art forms. 

Ottawa Memorial Auditorium 

310 S. Hickory St., Ottawa// (785) 242-8810 

The Ottawa Memorial Auditorium can seat up to 830 making it the ideal location for theatrical productions, concerts, and ballets for adults and children. The Exhibiton Hall is perfect for receptions or training seminars/classes. Reasonable rental rates apply. 

Ottawa University 

1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa// (785) 242-0242

Lectures, musical performances, theater productions, special events and art exhibits are offered on campus. OU hosts productions each semester and a variety of recitals and performances by musicians and ensembles. 

Suzuki Strings 

501 S. Man St., Ottawa// (785) 242-0242

The Suzuki Strings is an internationally known ensemble of young violinists and cellists from 2 to 20 years old. The program is directed by violinist Alice Joy Lewis. The group plays at many area events, sponsors summer music festivals, and has a special Christmas concert.