Defiance Community Cultural Council

The 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.

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.

Ohio Arts Council

Defiance Community Cultural Council is proud to be supported by the Ohio Arts Council



DCCC Board of Trustees

Cindy Mack, President; Kristin Wendell, Vice President; Coit Black, Treasurer; Tim Hutchinson (Former Board Member), Secretary

Allen Blake, Ned Clark, Jan Craig, Christopher Cwynar, Jill Krutsch, Eric Spiller, Sharon Washington, Ken Wetstein, Joel Youkers

Roger Fisher, Executive Director


History of the Stroede Center for the Arts

The Stroede Center for the Arts, administered by the Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC) and home to DCTV, was originally the First Baptist Church. This congregation was organized in 1846 and began this building in 1894 with then-Governor William McKinley present at its cornerstone-laying. It is notable for its Romanesque style, still intact stained glass windows, and impressive vaulted ceiling.

The Baptist congregation dedicated its new church at 1399 Jefferson in 1980. After that the old church building was occupied by several other congregations and was later acquired by the city of Defiance. In 2007, the late Dr. Richard Stroede stepped in to develop an agreement with the city for a new use for the structure. The new DCCC would eventually take over the building, using it as a cultural center and home for the local public access channel. Numerous renovations have taken place to make the structure more appropriate for its present purposes. In 2016, a basement remodeling project was begun to make the space more appropriate for community meetings and theater use.

After being nominated by Historic Homes of Defiance in 2010, Dr. Stroede was awarded the title of "Preservation Hero" by Heritage Ohio, an organization associated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 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. Stroede is also credited with moving and reconditioning a small organ which once was at Defiance College. In 2011, the building was renamed in his honor.

The Stroede Center has become an important hub for community arts and cultural events. In addition to a classical chamber series, "Sunday at the Stroede," the Stroede Center has hosted children's theater, Fort Defiance Players' productions, lectures organized by the Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum, piano recitals, a film series, and other special events. Local artists exhibit their work on the walls of the vestibule of the building. The DCCC board is considering ideas for additional use of the building, such as a local artists' series, poetry readings, or showcases of high-school age talent.