The Sawmill Center is named for the historic building that we call home. In the 1970's Verna Leith had a vision to turn the mill into a facility for local artisans and craftspeople to display and sell their handcrafted masterpieces and also where people could learn and practice traditional arts. A few years later a theater in the round was constructed as a venue for community theater groups to perform.
The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency administrating an annual state appropriation for grants to the arts.
The Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts also receives funding support from the Northwest Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Clarion County Commissioners through the Clarion County Hotel Tax Project.