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.