The mission of Paint Creek Center for the Arts is to celebrate and support creativity in our community by providing opportunities for all to learn, create, experience, and appreciate the arts.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) evolved out of the Art & Apples Festival® which held its first event in Rochester Municipal Park in 1965.

The Art & Apples Festival was founded and produced by local residents and businesses in Rochester® for almost 20 years.  This group founded the Rochester Arts Commission in 1976 with the goal of establishing a community art center in Rochester.  In 1983, PCCA was established and opened its doors to the public at its current location at 407 Pine Street in Rochester, Michigan.  PCCA took over management of the Art & Apples Festival® in 1983 and has continued to produce the annual event which boasts a top 50 national ranking (by Sunshine Artist Magazine) for several years running.

Since 1983, PCCA has been dedicated to promoting the arts and artistic excellence through a full range of cultural programs including exhibitions, studio art classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects, and the continuation of the Art & Apples Festival®.

PCCA is committed to creating opportunities for artists to exhibit original works. The exhibition season includes group shows and solo exhibits. In addition, PCCA produces exhibition catalogs, artist profiles, and presents public lectures in conjunction with each exhibition. Annually, hundreds of professional artists showcase their work at PCCA.

Art education classes are offered in a variety of media for all ages and levels of experience. Drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and summer camps are the core of PCCA’s programming. In addition to its arts education offerings, PCCA awards a college scholarship (Mary McCarthy Scholarship Fund) to a promising high school senior from Rochester Community Schools planning to further their fine art studies.

PCCA programs draw students and patrons from throughout the Southeast Michigan region and fulfills a quality of life expectation for local residents. PCCA is an important cultural resource and destination, and a vital presence in greater Rochester’s diverse and growing business and residential community.

OUR VALUES (Our Guiding Principles)

Our guiding principles define and reflect who we are: PCCA.

Passion – We are passionate about inspiring others to embrace the Arts

 Creativity – We promote creativity in our students, instructors, staff and supporters

 Community – We value our relationship with the community, artists, partners, our diverse students and our patrons

 Accountability – We recognize the importance of PCCA in the community and we commit to achieving excellence in Art Education, Art & Apples and in providing learning opportunities through our outreach programs.


Although attendees of our Art & Apples Festival and Art Anywhere programs come from a broader geography, PCCA’s programs (Art School, Summer Camps, Artist Markets, Art Exhibitions) primarily serve:

  • The northern Oakland County communities of: Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Oakland Township, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, Waterford, and;
  • The western Macomb County communities of: Shelby Township,  Sterling Heights, and Washington Township.

PCCA may be best known for presenting the Art & Apples Festival, a nationally acclaimed fine art fair held annually the weekend after Labor Day.  Watch the video below to hear from the founders that talk about how the Art & Apples Festival began.

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