Richland Academy of the Arts was founded in 1991, and since has offered over 230 classes, workshops, master classes and individual instruction per year during two 16-week semesters and one 8-week summer term.

The Academy’s excellence has resulted in six-day-a-week programming in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts. Located in downtown Mansfield, the Academy has not only developed a diverse and highly praised curriculum over the past twenty plus years, but also played an important role in the renaissance as well as the redevelopment of downtown Mansfield.

A well-defined scholarship program awarding over $20,000 annually, funded through a community scholarship campaign and the Academy, has made it possible for students from economically-disadvantaged families to be active members of the Academy community. Participation in programs has grown steadily to over 3,038 class registrations per school year.

An additional 10,000 area residents attend year-round performances, including choral concerts, adult and children’s theater, children’s opera theatre, musicals, jazz, dance and student and faculty recitals. Sources of funding in addition to tuition and fees include contributions from Individuals, Corporations, Businesses, Foundations (local, state & national), State of Ohio Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Payment Options

  • Debit Cards, Discover, MasterCard, Money Orders, Personal Checks, VISA

Contact Details

  Person Megan Williams
  City Mansfield, OH
  Zip Code 44902
  Address 75 North Walnut St.
  Phone Number (419) 522-8224

Business Representative

Megan Williams

Registrar and Marketing

Products & Services

Dance Classes

It's never too late to benefit from dancing, and you don't have to be a prima ballerina to reap its rewards.


Music Lessons and Classes

Music boosts brain power by stimulating the parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development.


Art Lessons and Classes

If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness the single best solution we know is adding more art to your life!

  • I would recommend this business

everyone is so nice. my daughters teacher, Sara is so good with the kids and has so much patience. We have been coming here for 3 years and will continue to for many years to come.

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My grandson is in Kenpo martial arts with Jason Farnsworth as instructor.
Derek has been in Jason's class for 3 years. It is great to see the kids learning and earning belts with Jason.

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  • I would recommend this business

My daughter takes two different dance classes and piano lessons at the academy. Three different instructors, and all three of them are amazing! She loves the academy, her instructors, and the many friends she has made. The families I have met are wonderful and the staff are top notch. Classes are affordable. The front desk is always helpful. Recitals are amazing and the skills that are developed in the older dancers are incredible. I would recommend the academy to anyone of any age.

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  • I would recommend this business

Wonderful place for children to learn, I know of several children who have benefited greatly from the classes here. They take already talented children and make them better and take beginners into intermediate levels based on their personal skills and abilities.

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  • I would recommend this business

My granddaughter absolutely loves the dance academy. She is in ballet and jazz. She looks forward to going every week. The teachers are are so patient and wonderful to all the children.

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  • I would recommend this business

My daughter just started art classes and she loves it. This is out first time there and it's been great so far. Looking forward to my kids participating in more activities there!

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Customer Testimonials

The enthusiasm is infectious for those who frequent the Academy. You can see it in the faces of the employees, the volunteers and the children--of all ages.