With a hallmark of building a unique arts experience, the Fitton Center for Creative Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary during its 2013-2014 season with a variety of musical acts, art exhibitions and conversations that will have everyone talking. Last season, the center brought in more than 75,000 attendees, participants and visitors, and it continues to invite guests to open their minds to imagination and inspiration.

Pam Gruber, coordinator of public relations, marketing and special events, says the center offers something for everyone.

“We like to bring back acts that people enjoyed, while incorporating new entertainment too,” says Gruber.

The not-for-profit arts center began as a gift to the Hamilton community by the bicentennial commission and opened its doors in 1993. The Fitton Center has maintained its mission of “building community excellence through the arts and culture, by bringing an assortment of displays, exhibits and performers to its halls.”

Entertainment Plus! is a series of eight programs per season and the shows are on select Saturdays in 2014 with performances including O Sole Trio, a new musical ensemble that captures the essence of Italy on Oct. 25, comedian Dan St. Paul on Nov. 25 and the Franz Klaber Orchestra, which has entertained audiences with its big band sound since 1930, on Jan. 24.

The 2015 season is exciting for another reason, the new theater—being built with permanent seating—will be up and running. Fitton Center kicks it off with Franc D’Ambrosio and Glory Crampton, Jazz! Banu Gibson, Helen Welch, and Jazz! Dave Bennett.

The NuTrendz Series, a new series, focuses on the younger generations that come to the Fitton Center. Sneak in to see The Ballroom Thieves on Oct. 18 and return to see The Floorwalkers play their independent garage soul on Nov. 8.

Mad Anthony Theatre Company’s offbeat plays run Thursdays-Saturdays, with a matinee performance on Sundays. Upcoming performances include Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Any Given Monday, and Moonlight and Magnolias.

“These are plays you can’t see downtown,” says Gruber.

Fitton Family Fridays invite the young of age and the young at heart to the Zak Morgan performance on Oct. 10, the ArtReach performances of Hansel and Gretel on Nov. 7 and The Night Before Christmas on Dec. 12.

The Fitton Center also hosts additional innovative artistic exhibits including Celebrating Self (luncheons featuring regional speakers discussing topics that peak guests’ interests), the 47th Greater Hamilton Art Exhibition various exhibitions such as fiber, which presents four artists’ conceptual designs using various fabric mediums, and the Music Café.

Local musicians from all over the region showcase a variety of music from jazz to bluegrass, classical to rock.

“The Music Café gives artists a performance opportunity,”says Gruber. “The center is continuing to grow bigger and stronger.”

For more information contact 513-863-8873, ext. 110, or visit fittoncenter.org