"Providing a cultural and artistic atmosphere for all generations"
In the Arts District of Ada you can experience a wide variety of cultural and artistic activities. Located downtown, the Arts District of Ada includes galleries, shops, restaurants, the McSwain Theatre, the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, a sculpture garden, the Centennial Plaza, historic buildings, and numerous events.
Events and News
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You can also contact the following organizations or look at their websites for additional event information.
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Arts District Ordinance
The Arts District of Ada has a unique-to-Ada ordinance that guides the development and future changes within the Arts District boundaries. The ordinance was developed through a a year and a half long effort by a committee of people from all over the community. The ordinance is designed to encourage mixed use development in a wide range of uses within the Arts District and seeks to preserve the characteristic feel of a pedestrian friendly area. Some of the existing business uses were grandfathered in when the ordinance was passed. The ordinance may be found at Municode.com. To inquire further about the ordinance, contact the City of Ada Code Enforcement Office.
The feasibility study for the Arts District of Ada was made possible by funding based on a unique proposal with the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development who simultaneously awarded East Central University with two different grants for grassroots planning and business development. Totaling more than $600,000, these grants gave the community of Ada a voice in shaping and creating the Arts District of Ada. The grants were to help launch a cultural arts district. Representatives from area businesses, organizations, and the community provided and continue to provide leadership for the planning phase of the arts district.
830 East Main Street Room 111
Ada, Oklahoma 74820