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

APPLICATION REMINDER:Guidelines and applications for Entry Track and Arts Organizations and Arts Programs (AOAP) are cur...
12/10/2020

APPLICATION REMINDER:
Guidelines and applications for Entry Track and Arts Organizations and Arts Programs (AOAP) are currently available!

AOAP guidelines (deadline: 1/15/21):https://www.arts.pa.gov/Documents/2021-2022_PCA_AOAP_Application_Guidelines.pdf

Entry Track guidelines (deadline: 2/16/21):https://www.arts.pa.gov/Documents/2021-2022_PCA_Entry_Track_Guidelines.pdf

Meaningful data about where we find ourselves and our sector. Hat tip to Randy Cohen for his ever-thoughtful analysis. W...
12/09/2020
By Every Measure, COVID-19 Continues Its Devastation of the Arts

Meaningful data about where we find ourselves and our sector. Hat tip to Randy Cohen for his ever-thoughtful analysis. With useful links.

When we get to the other side of the pandemic, I believe the arts will be among our greatest assets in helping the nation to recover.

So great!
12/08/2020

So great!

Playwright August Wilson will be featured on a USPS Forever stamp next year, dedicated Jan. 28

Reinventing the Substitute Teacher with Teaching Artists! Great concept. Go Arts Ed Collaborative! Hat tip to Eric Booth...
12/08/2020
Teaching Artist Substitute Initiative

Reinventing the Substitute Teacher with Teaching Artists! Great concept. Go Arts Ed Collaborative! Hat tip to Eric Booth for the AEC shout out.

Arts Ed Collaborative (AEC) seeks six teaching artists (TAs) to co-develop a viable program model enabling TAs to work as substitute teachers. These substitutes will work in local schools and teach arts integrated lessons. Selected TAs will co-create

If you’re in the midst of navigating a request for PPP forgiveness or preparing for tax implications for other federal r...
12/07/2020

If you’re in the midst of navigating a request for PPP forgiveness or preparing for tax implications for other federal relief funding. There’s a free informational webinar coming up.

Did you receive a grant, loan, or unemployment compensation this year? Come to our webinar on Friday, December 18 at 1:30 PM ET to learn how these might affect your income tax this year.

Register to attend this event for free at https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/ppp-forgiveness-options-and-income-tax-implications-on-receiving-cares-act-grants-loans-or-unemployment-compensation

It’s #GivingTuesday and the nonprofit arts sector continues to need support to weather the pandemic. For tax year 2020 o...
12/01/2020
The CARES Act and the Arts: A New Incentive for Charitable Giving

It’s #GivingTuesday and the nonprofit arts sector continues to need support to weather the pandemic. For tax year 2020 only, the CARES Act included helpful incentives to giving to public charities for both those who itemize and those who don’t. As always, check with your tax advisor.

The CARES Act has new tax incentives to boost charitable donation. Here's what it means for nonprofits and fiscally-sponsored projects.

ARTIST IN HEALTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY:Apply your skills to the healthcare setting. Enroll now for a free training sessio...
11/24/2020

ARTIST IN HEALTH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY:
Apply your skills to the healthcare setting. Enroll now for a free training session to learn how to become an Artist in Health.

This eight-week asynchronous online course will allow you to explore the field of Arts in Health and network with other artists.

Penn State Center Stage Arts in Health will provide
a certificate of participation.

Upcoming Sessions:
• February 1 - March 26, 2021
• April 5 - May 28, 2021

Register by emailing: [email protected]
More info: [email protected]
#artsinhealth #artsinhealthcare #teachingartists

Please join the PCA council and staff in celebrating Jenny Hershour’s many contributions to the arts in Pennsylvania; he...
11/20/2020

Please join the PCA council and staff in celebrating Jenny Hershour’s many contributions to the arts in Pennsylvania; her unflagging advocacy for state arts funding; and her role in raising awareness and appreciation of the arts sector with governors, members of congress and the Pennsylvania general assembly, mayors, and community leaders across the commonwealth. Brava Jenny! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💐 And a warm welcome for Pam Etters!

A special message from Executive Director Jenny Hershour:

Tomorrow, I retire from Citizens for the Arts. I’ve been with the organization for 26 years and it’s been a glorious ride. As I look over my time at Citizens, I have been blessed to work with many unbelievable people from arts managers to artists to board members to legislators. I want to thank all of you for all of the support you have given me these many years. I leave Citizens a little sad but I am happy that you will be in good hands with Pam Etters taking my place. Pam is energetic, talented, and most of all a thinker outside the box. I hope you join me in wishing Pam the very best. Thank you again for all of your support.
-Jenny

The fight against opioid abuse is a growing challenge across the commonwealth. The NEA released a new report this week p...
11/19/2020
New Report from the National Endowment for the Arts Shows the Arts Can Be Significant Tool in Fight Against Opioid Abuse

The fight against opioid abuse is a growing challenge across the commonwealth. The NEA released a new report this week presenting arts strategies for addressing this crisis that includes a literature review and overviews of ongoing programs.

In its first-ever report addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, the National Endowment for the Arts finds that incorporating music into treatments for opioid use disorder can contribute significant, positive effects for patients. The report, Arts Strategies for Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Examin...

Proud to see our new Pennsylvania Creative Communities Initiative featured among the notable work of state arts agencies...
11/16/2020

Proud to see our new Pennsylvania Creative Communities Initiative featured among the notable work of state arts agencies! These new and updated placemaking resources will be invaluable to the important role of the arts in recovery and community revitalization. Cheers National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA and ArtsPlace America!

📣NEW RESOURCES! 📣

Several exciting new resources are now available as part of the collaboration between ArtPlace America and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA, Strengthening the State Arts Agency Support System for Creative Placemaking.

Together, these three resources provide a previously unavailable articulation of the many ways in which state arts agencies support creative placemaking, and how practitioners can better access public resources for creative placemaking projects.

Start reading: https://bit.ly/38I2kqf

ARTS MARKETING CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:Just a reminder that #NAMPC registration scholarships are still avai...
11/05/2020

ARTS MARKETING CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Just a reminder that #NAMPC registration scholarships are still available for interested Pennsylvania organizations!

Multiple changemakers from the same organization are welcome to request a scholarship.

Deadline to request: Nov. 16!
Request a scholarship here: https://bit.ly/33TG3D3

Did you miss our co-hosted webinar with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council on logistics and legal considerations around...
10/28/2020

Did you miss our co-hosted webinar with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council on logistics and legal considerations around hosting virtual content? You can check out a recording right here: https://youtu.be/3zEzq-QzXzA

Definitely worth a watch!

#NAMPC scholarships are available for individuals from PA arts and culture orgs who are unable to access funds for paid ...
10/27/2020

#NAMPC scholarships are available for individuals from PA arts and culture orgs who are unable to access funds for paid registration!
Multiple changemakers from the same organization are welcome to request a scholarship. Deadline to request: Nov. 16! #artsmarketing
Request a scholarship today: https://bit.ly/33TG3D3

Last week, we had the distinct pleasure of co-hosting a virtual town hall with the National Endowment for the Arts to up...
10/26/2020

Last week, we had the distinct pleasure of co-hosting a virtual town hall with the National Endowment for the Arts to update PA arts and culture organizations on our agencies' offerings on the road to an equitable recovery post-pandemic, and hear from participants about how they're doing. Check out the recording here!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dh6GeaIplSR6ZQyEXCMvAkXpAajQmWY0/view

For those who received PPP loans, an easier application form for loan forgiveness!
10/23/2020
Paycheck Protection Program

For those who received PPP loans, an easier application form for loan forgiveness!

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

UPDATE: Corrected link to the book can be found in the comments!A new book about the late Phil Woods was released earlie...
10/21/2020
Phil Woods - A Life in E Flat Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

UPDATE: Corrected link to the book can be found in the comments!
A new book about the late Phil Woods was released earlier this month. He received a Governor's Arts Award from Gov. Ed Rendell in 2008. In addition to being a superb musician, Woods was also a storyteller of great renown, sharing the backstage, on stage and on the road stories of a life in jazz. Can't wait to get the book! #pagovartsawards

Phil Woods - A Life in E Flat Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Looking for new ideas for your digital content offerings? Consider partnerships. Suggestions to consider from the Americ...
10/20/2020
The Keys to Sustainable Online Programming? Partnerships and Professional Development

Looking for new ideas for your digital content offerings? Consider partnerships. Suggestions to consider from the American Alliance of Museums.

Recently, I’ve been analyzing the efficacy of museum-developed digital programs over their thirty-year history, and I’ve noticed a common theme: Every study extols the benefits of such programs, in…

NEA and PCA TOWN HALL TOMORROW:OCTOBER 20 at 10 a.m. Join us for a virtual town hall with the National Endowment for the...
10/19/2020

NEA and PCA TOWN HALL TOMORROW:
OCTOBER 20 at 10 a.m.
Join us for a virtual town hall with the National Endowment for the Arts tomorrow at 10 a.m. We want to hear from you! Participants will have the opportunity to post questions for the NEA and PCA and hear updates from both agencies.

All registration info can be found here:
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FREE WEBINAR:TOPIC: Relationship building in a digital landscapeWHEN: Thursday, October 22, from 3-4 p.m. ESTABOUT: Join...
10/14/2020

FREE WEBINAR:
TOPIC: Relationship building in a digital landscape
WHEN: Thursday, October 22, from 3-4 p.m. EST

ABOUT: Join the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's HR Advisors for a conversation on how agility, innovation, and a new approach to strategy can help arts leaders build and maintain relationships so your organization can survive and thrive.

Find more details and the registration link here:
https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/events-and-workshops-etc/gpacevents/event/791?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Register&utm_campaign=HR-Advisors

📷 credit: Samia Liamani

Application Deadline for Business Coaching for Regional Nonprofits Extended to October 16!The Appalachian Nonprofit Reso...
10/13/2020
Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center – Technical Assistance and Training for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond

Application Deadline for Business Coaching for Regional Nonprofits Extended to October 16!

The Appalachian Nonprofit Resource Center is a virtual training hub to help nonprofit organizations successfully navigate the COVID-19 crisis. As part of the Center’s programming, teams from Regional nonprofits are invited to apply for free technical assistance and business coaching focusing on long-term operational sustainability during the current pandemic. Topics include short-term financial management, long-term financial management, mission and operations, and fundraising. Nonprofits can apply for one of 120 training slots by answering just 15 questions -- no further paperwork required!

Applications close at 5:00 pm (ET) October 16, 2020!
Learn more here: https://appalachianrc.arc.gov/

Join the Cohort: How to ApplyThank you for your interest in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations. This special resource center recognizes the catastrophic impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on our Region, and particularly on nonprofit organ...

Big fans of Springboard’s toolkits. Guidance on engaging customers, selling your work, budgeting and more.
10/11/2020

Big fans of Springboard’s toolkits. Guidance on engaging customers, selling your work, budgeting and more.

Did you hear? We’ve got a new toolkit! The Work of Art curriculum is a core part of Springboard’s work, and we share the free toolkit – now with a 2020 update. The update includes:

- Beautiful, inviting new layout and design from artist Cori Nakamura Lin
- Expanded context and insights from working artists
- New exercises to help build practical working skills
- New section on Engaging Customers & Selling Your Work
- Handy expanded glossary of terms for quick reference

Get the gorgeous new toolkit, and check out a new video on budgeting for creative projects at our Work of Art page!

https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/work-of-art-program/

Another super cool B&W photo! This of father and son,  with a link to a one-of-a-kind upcoming virtual gallery.
10/11/2020

Another super cool B&W photo! This of father and son, with a link to a one-of-a-kind upcoming virtual gallery.

Renowned American artists Andrew and Jamie Wyeth are deep in conversation in this photograph taken by Victoria Browning Wyeth, the granddaughter and niece of this artistic father-son duo.

On October 19 & 20, Victoria will host a special Halloween edition of her popular virtual gallery talks. Lean into the spirit of the season (costumes are welcome!) as Victoria highlights spooky and seasonal works by her grandfather and uncle, as well as other Wyeth works currently on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Limited tickets are available for the Virtual Gallery Talk with Victoria Wyeth: Halloween Edition.

Register for October 19: bit.ly/363Rc62
Register for October 20: bit.ly/302R7vg

Photo © Victoria Browning Wyeth

An alum of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the schoo...
10/10/2020
“Aaron Burr, Sir”

An alum of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the schools of The New Freedom Theatre, and Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, we were delighted to see this wonderful photo of a young Leslie Odom Jr. shared by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives.

This summer Disney streamed the 2016 Broadway smash-hit play Hamilton, produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The play, centered around two characters, Aaron Burr (played by Leslie Odom, Jr.), and Alexand…

UPDATE ON SAFE GATHERING LIMITS: Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary Levine released updated guidelines for safe gath...
10/06/2020

UPDATE ON SAFE GATHERING LIMITS:
Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary Levine released updated guidelines for safe gatherings. This update amends the previous restriction of 25 individuals in indoor venues and instead bases maximum capacity off of the respective venue's occupancy limits.

See the following link for more information.
https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/20201006-TWW-amendment-to-targeted-mitigation-order.pdf

Amend Guidelines on Safe Gathering Limits

Wonderful article about the new documentary film celebrating legendary woodworker George Nakashima. He received a 1981 P...
10/03/2020
A Look at the Life of America’s Most Important Contemporary Woodworker

Wonderful article about the new documentary film celebrating legendary woodworker George Nakashima. He received a 1981 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts and his daughter Mira Nakashima received the same award in 2018. The first parent-child awardees! The arts are a family business. ♥️ #pagovartsawards

The new documentary ‘George Nakashima: Woodworker’ explores the indelible legacy of the iconic Japanese-American furniture maker

A free StrongNonprofits Toolkit for building fiscal health from Wallace, which has been studying the sector for years. (...
10/02/2020

A free StrongNonprofits Toolkit for building fiscal health from Wallace, which has been studying the sector for years. (Of course not all will be applicable in the current circumstances.)

Browse more than 60 free tools, articles, reports and other resources to help nonprofit organizations improve their financial health. http://ow.ly/KPr750BEQzl

FREE WEBINAR!TOPIC: Creating Virtual Content: Logistics & Legalities for Arts Organizations WHEN: October 14 at 10 a.m. ...
10/01/2020

FREE WEBINAR!
TOPIC: Creating Virtual Content: Logistics & Legalities for Arts Organizations
WHEN: October 14 at 10 a.m. EST

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and the
Pennsylvania Humanities Council have gathered a panel of seasoned professionals for a conversation about the logistics and legal issues around creating and presenting virtual content.

Panelists will answer pre-submitted and live questions.
Additional info and a registration link can be found here:
https://pahumanities.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FqsXEgHuTuu1146I5b6d4w

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Harrisburg, PA
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Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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(717) 787-6883

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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.

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