Arts & Humanities

Ada is home to a thriving arts community that includes an arts district, an arts council, a community theater, and numerous other arts organizations. 

The Arts District of Ada is an up and coming area in downtown Ada focused on art and culture. This district was developed and planned in partnership with the USDA Rural Development, East Central University, Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation, the Chickasaw Nation, the City of Ada, the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ada Jobs Foundation, the Old Bank Gallery, the Ada Evening News, Ada Main Street, the Ada Arts Council, Ada Vision Source, Ada Hub, East Central Credit Union, OG&E and numerous individuals and artists in the community. 

The Arts District of Ada features the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, the McSwain Theatre, the Centennial Plaza, the Old Bank Gallery, 901 Studio, a sculpture garden, historic buildings, The Ada Arts and Heritage Center, two arts incubator businesses,  and Weddle Ceramics. A variety of restaurants and coffee shops are also located in the Arts District. 

The McSwain Theatre attracts professional entertainers and features weekly entertainment options. ACT II is Ada's community theater, and they host several unique performances and plays each year. East Central University has countless arts-related events each year that are open to the general public. These events range from classical music to jazz performances, theatrical performances and musicals.