Welcome to the Stroede

The Stroede Center for the Arts is home to the Defiance Community Cultural Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, communication, and historic preservation in Defiance.  It is also home to Defiance Community Television, the local public access station and DCCC partner in advocacy for the arts.

The Stroede Center has become an important hub for community arts and cultural events.  In addition to the DCCC Performance Series, it hosts the Young People's Theatre Guild, Fort Defiance Players, Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum, music recitals, a film series, and other special events.

History of the Stroede Center for the Arts

The Stroede Center for the Arts was originally the First Baptist Church.  This congregation was organized in 1846 and began construction of the Romanesque style building in 1894.  Then Governor William McKinley was present at its cornerstone laying. In 1980, the Baptist congregation vacated the building for a new location, and the building was then occupied by several other congregations.  In 2007, the building was donated to the newly formed Defiance Community Cultural Council organized by the late Dr. Richard Stroede.  The structure became a cultural center and the home for the local public access television channel.

After being nominated by Historic Homes of Defiance in 2010, Dr. Stroede was awarded the title of "Preservation Hero" by Heritage Ohio.  This award focused interest on the Arts & Media Center (former name of the building) since it had been saved from possible demolition through Stroede's efforts. In 2011, the building was renamed in his honor.

Meet The Stroede Team

We are here to help. Please contact us if you need assistance or additional information.  419-784-3401

Jeff Tackett —Executive Director/CEO
Sarah Tackett —Executive Director/CEO
Ashley Sobota —Office and Events Manager

Josh Busch—DCTV Director of Operations
Will Hancock —DCTV Director of Video Production
Tristan Atkinson —DCTV Director of Broadcast Technology



Defiance Community Cultural Council

Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC) provides opportunities for Defiance area citizens to come together, to see, to listen, to talk, to share the rich traditions of their cultures, and to welcome and embrace the diversity of all people.  As a result, Defiance will become a more vibrant community with a sense of historical identity, cultural awareness and receptivity, a respect for historic preservation, and a commitment to lifelong learning.  Defiance Community Cultural Council is proud to be supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

DCCC Board of Trustees

Scott Stambaugh ~ President; Heather Moats ~ Vice President; Jenna Gibson~ Secretary; Ben Shrock ~ Treasurer; Mary Boyd, Sara Dempsey; Jill Krutsch, Priscilla Pixler, April Moore Powers, Drew Shindler, Eric Spiller, Dr. Richanne Mankey, Laurie McCann.

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