Jackson County has a deep tradition in fine arts and culture, especially in music.
The centerpiece of the Jackson County cultural community is the Markay Cultural Arts Center. The Southern Hills Arts Council, which is overseeing its renovation, is transforming an old downtown movie theatre into a modern arts center that, when completed, will be capable of holding theatrical and musical productions in the theatre area.
One of its most popular features each year is the Foothills Art Festival held at Canter’s Cave Lodge in October. This attracts works from artists throughout southern Ohio in a variety of fields, from painting to sculpting.
They also have many displays during the year at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, from works by local high school and university students to quilting.
The Lillian Jones Museum in Jackson is open two days a week and offers a glimpse into Jackson’s historic past, with several displays featured throughout the year.
The Coalton Historical Society sponsors an annual banquet that honors historic figures of Jackson County’s past.
Music has also played a storied role in Jackson County’s past. The Eisteddfod, a musical celebration of singing performances born in Wales, became an annual event in Jackson in 1922 and was so popular a large brick building was built for the event in 1928. The National Eisteddfod was held in Jackson in 1930. The tradition of the Eisteddfod still lives on with competition in the Jackson School District each year.
Jackson, Oak Hill and Wellston all have full-service libraries open on a daily basis serving many of the literary needs of the community with a wide array of books and other services.
Jackson County also provides entertainment with the latest movie releases with the four-screen Tri-City Cinema in Jackson.