Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities through the arts.
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PCA, a PA state agency, established in 1966, accomplishes its mission through a combination of grants to the arts; partnerships and initiatives; technical assistance to partners and applicants; and serving as a resource for arts-related information for state, federal, and local government, the public, other funding entities, the arts field, and other interested organizations and individuals.

Mission: The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania.

Operating as usual

Just a reminder that there's still time to sign up for the Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat! The deadline t...
08/10/2020

Just a reminder that there's still time to sign up for the Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists Virtual Retreat! The deadline to register for next week's sessions is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5 p.m.

The virtual teaching artists retreat a great opportunity for anyone who is currently working as a teaching artist, as well as for artists who are interested in the field! Find all the details at bit.ly/MARetreat

PA Council on the Arts member, Emmai Alaquiva, just picked up THREE Emmy nominations from The National Academy of Televi...
08/09/2020

PA Council on the Arts member, Emmai Alaquiva, just picked up THREE Emmy nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences​! Amazing work!!

One of the nominations is for Yamomzhouse Studios' profile video on Joe Negri for the 2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts, which were presented at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh by Governor Tom Wolf. #pagovsartsawards #pamade #paproud
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You can check out all four profile videos Emmai and YaMomzHouse made for the 2019 Governor's Awards here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Pennsylvaniacouncilonthearts/videos/?ref=page_internal

Only a few days left to register for a free webinar about this exciting new resource developed by the Brandywine Worksho...
08/06/2020
Register | Artura.org

Only a few days left to register for a free webinar about this exciting new resource developed by the Brandywine Workshop & Archives. Arturo.org is an open educational resource for educators, curators, and researchers!

Register for Artura.org Database of diverse artwork + teaching resources Both our database and teaching resources are currently in Beta development. Your registration guarantees you early access to our full feature set for registered users, as soon as those features become available. In the short te...

08/04/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

Just a reminder of the resources available to Pennsylvanians who need them.

If you're struggling to make monthly payments due to COVID-19, help is available:

🏠 COVID-19 mortgage and rent relief: phfa.org/PAcares
🏢 Property tax and rent rebate: revenue.pa.gov/PTRR
📃 Report illegal eviction: on.pa.gov/AGcomplaint
💳 Additional financial resources: on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp

CALLING ALL TEACHING ARTISTS!8.10.2020 - 9.02.2020 | Mid-Atlantic state arts agencies, in partnership with the National ...
08/03/2020

CALLING ALL TEACHING ARTISTS!
8.10.2020 - 9.02.2020 | Mid-Atlantic state arts agencies, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA, are hosting the 2020 Virtual Retreat for any interested Mid-Atlantic-based teaching artists!
Learn more and register at bit.ly/MARetreat!
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FORMAT:
--- Starting 8.10.2020, participants will have the chance to select from a range of sessions for four consecutive weeks.
--- KEYNOTE SPEAKER Michael O'Bryan, founder of Humanature, will address the group on 8.10.2020.
--- Weekly Zoom meet-ups will be offered with your state arts education manager on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
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NOTE: Please share this opportunity with any artists located in the Mid-Atlantic region who you believe might be interested. All are welcome!

Opportunity for eligible Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations. Deadline: August 21, 2020. 3 Awards of $5...
08/03/2020

Opportunity for eligible Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations. Deadline: August 21, 2020. 3 Awards of $500,000 will be made.

The Lewis Prize for Music is opening the application for its 2nd Annual Accelerator Awards on July 24, 2020. Three multi-year awards of $500,000 each will be awarded in January 2021.

Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 21. More information about the application process, guidelines, and past Accelerator Awardees can be found at https://www.thelewisprize.org.

#TheLewisPrize
#CreativeYouthDevelopment
#AcceleratorAward
#YouthMusic

08/01/2020
PBS

He appeared on “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” as a child. He has since led an artist’s life of excellence and leadership with love and service. Now he shares a call to action for all of us in the arts. Cheers Yo-Yo Ma!

Yo-Yo Ma shares how musicians can "rebuild our humanity" during the pandemic. (From PBS NewsHour and CANVAS public media arts)

Cheers to Berks Arts Council for a beautiful arts project to lift the spirits of their entire community!
07/29/2020

Cheers to Berks Arts Council for a beautiful arts project to lift the spirits of their entire community!

Congratulations to the following artists who were selected to have their artwork featured on the Barta (Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority)/ South Central Transit Bus Shelters in Downtown Reading:

Katherine Addison, Julia Cocuzza Art, Theron Cook, Nicolas Fay, Suzanne Fellows, Eric Leatherman, Jennifer Nitka and Alicia Tejada

Weather permitting, the artwork will be available for viewing on the Bus Shelters beginning the week of August 17th.

Dave Kilmer, Executive Director stated, “We are happy to partner with Berks Art Council on this worthwhile project that promotes art in the community and ultimately enhances the Downtown area.”

Aaron Gantz, Executive Director of Downtown Revitalization shared that “public art plays a critical role in economic and community development through beautification and connectivity, while creating new points of interest for residents + visitors alike. We hope this project will catalyze and empower future public art efforts in the City and downtown area.”

Special thanks to Berks Community Murals, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, and City Of Reading, Pennsylvania for supporting this initiative.

07/26/2020
Art-Reach

You can see “Live Out Loud” on Philadelphia’s WHYY. Pennsylvania Ballet, Overbrook School for the Blind and filmmaker Glenn Holsten. The trailer’s great. We hope for wider distribution. Cheers!

We are so proud to announce Live Out Loud, a documentary film by FreshFly about Overbrook School for the Blind and Pennsylvania Ballet Second Company will be premiering on WHYY on July 26th at 4PM EST. Check out the trailer here!

The film's audio description services will be provided on WHYY DVI (Descriptive Video Information) feature.

07/24/2020
Pennsylvania Humanities Council

FREE RESOURCE:
Here's a recording of the webinar we co-hosted last week with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council on safely reopening the arts and humanities. This is definitely worth a watch if your organization is currently navigating or developing health and safety protocols for reopening.

And, as usual, we're continuing to update our reopening guide with relevant and timely resources. You can find it here:
https://www.arts.pa.gov/Documents/PCA_Tips_and_Resources_for_Reopening_Safely.pdf

Watch "Reopening the Arts and Humanities Safely," a joint webinar by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). It features a panel of seasoned professionals discussing the logistics of cultural organizations reopening safely and equitably when the time is right.

Speakers:
Karl Blischke, Executive Director, PCA
Laurie Zierer, Executive Director, PHC
Linda Hollinshead, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Dana Payne, Director DEI Initiatives, Diverse Cultures & Heritage, PCA
Cecile Shellman, Diversity Catalyst, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Sarah Merritt, Director of PA Creative Communities, PCA

We’re loving this new sidewalk arts feature in Ridgway, PA!
07/22/2020

We’re loving this new sidewalk arts feature in Ridgway, PA!

Have you seen our newest addition? Meet the Sidewalk Art Swap! Take and leave art and supplies as you're inspired to do so. Stop by and see what's in there today!

Mid-Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Accepting NominationsThe Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund will supp...
07/20/2020

Mid-Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Accepting Nominations

The Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund will support mid-Atlantic nonprofit arts organizations with visionary leadership whose work is critical to the region as they build resilience and look to the future with programming, planning, and reimagining their work.

In alignment with MAAF’s strategic vision to implement equitable practices through intentional and sustained focus and accountability, the fund will prioritize organizations led by and/or predominantly serving individuals including, but not limited to those that identify as: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, communities whose primary language is not English, and/or rural and remote communities.

A total of 25-50 non-matching grants will be made to support grantees at more impactful amounts. Awards will range from $30,000 - $75,000, with the possibility of some exceptional awards of up to $100,000. Due to the number of grants available and the intentional focus on supporting organizations, communities, and populations that have faced marginalization and historically have had inequitable access to financial resources, application is by invitation only. Invitations to organizations will be extended following a nomination process.

Nominations, including self-nominations, can be submitted by anyone through a public, online form. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, July 20, 2020. Additionally, in an effort to receive nominations from throughout the mid-Atlantic region across all art forms, the program will seek nominations of organizations from an external Nomination Advisory Committee reflective of the racial, gender, geographic and aesthetic diversity in the region. The Nomination Advisory Committee includes artists, arts leaders and community members deeply invested in the arts. Their names will be made public when the grants are announced. These individuals will advise MAAF on which organizations best meet criteria for the program.

#ArtsResilienceFund The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/mid-atlantic-arts-regional-resilience-fund/

OPPORTUNITY FOR ARTISTSThe Art Committee of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Pennsylvania is seeking applicatio...
07/16/2020

OPPORTUNITY FOR ARTISTS
The Art Committee of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, Pennsylvania is seeking applications from a variety of artists who work in various media to be considered for future commission or purchase of artwork, to be installed in June 2021 at the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Enola, Pennsylvania. #artsinhealth

DEADLINE
Completed applications must be submitted on or before August 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST.

All details are here: https://aesthetics.submittable.com/submit/39810243-65d4-44be-9a8c-de10b4788fe3/penn-state-health-hampden-medical-center

Image credit: Andrian Valeanu

UPDATE AS OF 7/21/2020: Registration is maxed out for this session. Stay tuned for future offerings of this training opp...
07/15/2020

UPDATE AS OF 7/21/2020: Registration is maxed out for this session. Stay tuned for future offerings of this training opportunity. If you have an interest in getting direct notification when the next session registration opens, comment below and we will keep you in the loop!

FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR PA ARTS ORGS!
In partnership with Americans for the Arts' National Arts Marketing Project, we are thrilled to open registration for the all-digital training opportunity, Experts’ Guide to Marketing the Arts.

ABOUT THE TRAINING:
Registration for the course requires participation in each of the six modules, including the live discussion portions of each module. Module topics and details on how to participate can be found at the following link. Space is limited, so register today!

[email protected]&utm_content=07%2E13%2E20%5FMarketingTheArtsClassroomAnnouncement&utm_campaign=Marketing%20the%20Arts%20Digital%20Classroom%20Registration%20Now%20Open%21#tab-product_tab_overview" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/the-experts-guide-to-marketing-the-arts-summer-2020?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=[email protected]&utm_content=07%2E13%2E20%5FMarketingTheArtsClassroomAnnouncement&utm_campaign=Marketing%20the%20Arts%20Digital%20Classroom%20Registration%20Now%20Open%21#tab-product_tab_overview
#artsmarketing

Upcoming NEA Our Town deadline: August 6, 2020. Note: In addition to previously eligible creative placemaking project ty...
07/14/2020

Upcoming NEA Our Town deadline: August 6, 2020.
Note: In addition to previously eligible creative placemaking project types, efforts to support artists and cultural organizations in addressing impacts of the pandemic, artist unemployment, racial inequity and other emergent needs are welcomed.
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/grant-program-description

Nominations due: July 31, 2020.
07/10/2020

Nominations due: July 31, 2020.

Did you know that you can nominate a master folk and traditional artist for a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship?

These awards honor master artists for their artistic excellence, lifetime achievement & contributions to the nation's traditional arts heritage.

Nominations due 7/31/2020: https://go.usa.gov/xfgx7

FREE WEBINAR: TOPIC: Reopening the Arts and Humanities in PAWHEN: July 15 at 10 a.m. ESTDESCRIPTION:Whether your organiz...
07/07/2020

FREE WEBINAR:
TOPIC: Reopening the Arts and Humanities in PA
WHEN: July 15 at 10 a.m. EST

DESCRIPTION:
Whether your organization has already opened, or is in the midst of planning and preparing for reopening, ensuring the health and safety of staff, patrons, vendors, and contractors is a priority.

Join the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for a discussion about the reopening safely. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities organizations face in this era of COVID-19 and answer questions.

https://pahumanities.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-UQ_SjVcTlmxNEI8ZGzCig

Photo credit: Vadim Fomenok

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Now Accepting Nominations to its Regional Resilience Fun...
07/06/2020

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund Now Accepting Nominations to its Regional Resilience Fund
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The Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund will support mid-Atlantic nonprofit arts organizations with visionary leadership whose work is critical to the region as they build resilience and look to the future with programming, planning, and reimagining their work.

In alignment with MAAF’s strategic vision to implement equitable practices through intentional and sustained focus and accountability, the fund will prioritize organizations led by and/or predominantly serving individuals including, but not limited to those that identify as: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, communities whose primary language is not English, and/or rural and remote communities.

A total of 25-50 non-matching grants will be made to support grantees at more impactful amounts. Awards will range from $30,000 - $75,000, with the possibility of some exceptional awards of up to $100,000. Due to the number of grants available and the intentional focus on supporting organizations, communities, and populations that have faced marginalization and historically have had inequitable access to financial resources, application is by invitation only. Invitations to organizations will be extended following a nomination process.

Nominations, including self-nominations, can be submitted by anyone through a public, online form. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, July 20, 2020. Additionally, in an effort to receive nominations from throughout the mid-Atlantic region across all art forms, the program will seek nominations of organizations from an external Nomination Advisory Committee reflective of the racial, gender, geographic and aesthetic diversity in the region. The Nomination Advisory Committee includes artists, arts leaders and community members deeply invested in the arts. Their names will be made public when the grants are announced. These individuals will advise MAAF on which organizations best meet criteria for the program.

For more information on program eligibility and to access the nomination form, see the following link: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/mid-atlantic-arts-regional-resilience-fund/
#ArtsResilienceFund The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationMid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Photo credit: Rene Marie Experiment in Truth performs at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild with support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network program. Credit: Murphy Moschetta Photo.

Congratulations to the 36 Pennsylvania arts organizations selected to receive a total of $1.8 million in CARES Act Fundi...
07/02/2020

Congratulations to the 36 Pennsylvania arts organizations selected to receive a total of $1.8 million in CARES Act Funding from the NEA!

The NEA announces $44.5 million in CARES Act funding, which will save jobs and support essential operations at 855 arts organizations across the nation affected by COVID-19.

http://go.usa.gov/xwucB

06/30/2020
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

The dancers of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre send their combined, but distanced, danced farewells to Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, who led the company for 23 years. The PCA staff adds our less graceful but heartfelt appreciation for his legacy to PBT, to Pittsburgh, and to the Commonwealth. Bravo Terry!

On his final day with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, we think back to many memorable performances and experiences that Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has given us and the Pittsburgh community. Thank you from the dancers, and from all of us at PBT, for your leadership and legacy.

Artists: PBT Company Dancers | Video Editing by Amanda Cochrane

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About the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Pennsylvania's communities through the arts.

Cross-cutting value: diversity, equity, and inclusion

Promote equitable access for all Pennsylvanians to participate fully in a creative life and in the diverse forms of arts and culture in the commonwealth.

Goals

1.) Strengthen Pennsylvania communities through the arts.


  • Provide support for arts programming that engages Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth in experiencing the arts and exercising their creativity.

  • Invest in community-based arts projects that serve as catalysts to livability, economic development, and community connectedness.

  • Work with public and private sector partners to build cross-sector collaborations to advance shared goals.

  • Preserve and promote Pennsylvania's diverse cultures and cultural heritage.
  • 2.) Connect and increase Pennsylvanians' access to lifelong learning through the arts.


  • Support arts in education to cultivate future innovators and build essential skills that promote success in school and career readiness.

  • Advance quality of life for Pennsylvanians of all ages through arts learning and creative endeavors.
  • 3.) Champion public awareness and appreciation of the arts in Pennsylvania communities.


  • Inform and engage the public about the value and impact of the arts.

  • Encourage Pennsylvania's artists, arts organizations, and creative industries' capacity for marketing and sustainability.

  • Recognize and celebrate the arts and Pennsylvania's artists and arts organizations as contributing to the commonwealth's prosperity.
  • PCA History

    On October 26, 1966, Governor William D. Scranton signed enabling legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Through the provisions of Act No. 538, the Council is charged with "the encouragement and development of the various arts" in the Commonwealth. Funding for the PCA comes from the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual state appropriation by the General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency.

    The Council's grants programs began in 1968 with a modest program of support for community arts festivals. Currently, the PCA accomplishes its mission through a combination of grants to the arts; partnerships and initiatives; technical assistance to partners and applicants; and by serving as a resource for arts-related information for public officials, other agencies of state government, and the general public. The PCA undertakes partnerships and initiatives to leverage opportunities, to seek solutions to challenges affecting the arts in the Commonwealth, and to initiate programs that will serve a broad spectrum of artists, arts organizations and arts participants throughout the state.

    Governance

    The PCA is governed by a Council of 19 members - 15 private citizens and four members of the General Assembly. The Council sets the mission and goals of the agency, evaluates the progress toward these goals, formulates policy, and makes final decisions on the use of funds.

    The PCA’s staff administers the Council’s funding programs, partnerships, initiatives, and provides assistance to the Commonwealth’s arts organizations, arts programs, individual artists and the general public.

    Pennsylvania Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus

    Established in 2012, the Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture CaucusOpens In A New Window is a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, created to focus on the state's cultural assets. It was established at the suggestion of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Coalition, a statewide coalition representing arts, culture, public broadcasting, tourism, and zoos.

    Strategic Plan

    The PCA adopted its current, 2019-2024 Strategic Plan at its March 2019 Council meeting. The mission and goals featured above are the result of a year-long strategic planning process in which Council and staff worked to gather information from artists, arts and community organizations, schools, Commonwealth agencies, community leaders and commonwealth citizens. Tactics utilized include online surveys, community meetings, partner meetings, one-on-one interviews, networking at statewide events and conferences, as well as an in-depth landscape analysis. In October 2018, Council participated in a strategic planning retreat, facilitated by Dering Consulting, where research findings were presented and strategic priorities identified.

    In 1969 the PCA published its first survey of the arts in Pennsylvania. Since that initial survey, the Council has periodically assessed its role, redefining its goals. In 1973, the Council adopted its first set of goals, along with a formal grant application process and the establishment of advisory panels. In 1979, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2012, the Council took its programs and policies to the citizens of Pennsylvania in a series of public meetings that enabled the PCA to develop a set of goals, strategies and tactics that were the basis for the PCA's Long-Range Strategic Plan.


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