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Pa. organizations awarded grants

December 26, 1997

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, administered by the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts in Fulton, Franklin, Adams and southwestern Cumberland counties, awarded grants to several local organizations.

A total of 36 applications were submitted, with requests totaling $57,000.

Funding decisions were based on artistic merit, need and impact, planning and design, and administration and budget.

Awards ranging from $260 to $1,500 were presented to the following groups at an awards ceremony Dec. 16 at the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts office/gallery:

* Caledonia Theatre Company - to expand theater education opportunities for young people in Fulton County through a summer theater camp under the direction of Jon Vickers Jones, actor and theater arts instructor.

* Chambersburg Area School District Library - to support workshops and a performance of stories, songs and chants rooted in black history by professional storyteller Alice McGill at Stevens Elementary School.

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* Fulton County Art Club - to fund an exhibit of local artists at the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival.

* McConnellsburg High School musical - to support the production of "Fiddler on the Roof" for performance to students at McConnellsburg Elementary and High Schools and the public.

* Shippensburg Senior High School -to support the creation of a permanent mural by Shippensburg Senior High School students under the direction of artist Michael Campbell.

* Social Rehabilitation Providers Association (New Visions Inc.) - to support the publication of a booklet including writings and artwork by adults with mental illness for the annual New Visions Art Show.

* Communities That Care - to create a youth choir with a professional director for at-risk children that will perform regionally and take part in culturally diverse programs.

The Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts was one of four sites in Pennsylvania to be selected to serve as a host site for this three-year pilot program. The program is designed to expand the reach of the state council into areas not previously funded and encourages new collaborations between artists/arts organizations and community-based organizations to expand arts programming.

For more information, call the Council for the Arts at 1-717-264-6883.

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