The Portsmouth Area Arts Council & Children's Theatre continues its 52nd season of live arts experiences for local youth! At PAAC, it is our mission to integrate the arts into the lives of children and families and to encourage the appreciation of the arts and cultural heritage of the Southern Ohio region.
PAAC has become an artistic cornerstone throughout 10 counties in the region: Adams, Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto in Ohio and Greenup, Lewis, and Mason in Kentucky, all of which have high poverty and low-income rates. According to the US Census Data for 2018, Scioto County has 21% of families with children living below the poverty level and a median household income of $38,978. To offset the region's low median income, all PAAC programming is provided free or at a minimal cost to all student participants.
Last year, the total audience served by PAAC was over 15,000 including almost 12,000 youth. Through our programming, we spent an estimated $100,000 in goods, services, and labor in Scioto County and an additional $15,000 in artistic fees to Ohio-based companies. We strongly believe in supporting the creative economy of the region and its positive impact on our community and state.
Your donation to the PAAC Annual Fund will help fulfill our mission of providing accessible fine arts opportunities to children and families in Southern Ohio and the surrounding areas.