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Pa. arts grants announced

September 10, 2000

Pa. arts grants announced



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A dozen Franklin County organizations and individuals will share in more than $18,000 in grants that will be handed out today by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The checks will be presented in a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts offices at Kerrstown Square. Playwrights, libraries, schools and other groups involved in the arts will get funding, administered through the local arts council, from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program.

Composer Andrew Sussman of Chambersburg received a pair of $2,000 grants, one for a concert with jazz singer Rene Marie of songs he penned. The other is for a partial reading or presentation of "Pollyanna" a musical work in progress by Sussman.

Playwright Marcus Steinour, of St. Thomas, Pa., will receive $1,800 for "Phoenix, The Burning of Chambersburg," which was presented as part of ChambersFest this past summer. ChambersFest is an annual celebration of the rebuilding of Chambersburg after it was burned by Confederate raiders in 1864.

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Wilson College in Chambersburg will get $1,750 to support its performing arts series, according to the Council for the Arts news release. The grant will help fund performances of "The Other Side of Broadway," the National Shakespeare Co., the Appalachian Wind Quintet and the Herm Miller Orchestra during the 2000-2001 season.

Illustrator Kevin O'Malley will appear at Franklin County libraries and elementary schools as part of National Children's Book Week, according to the council. The Franklin County Library System will get another $1,046 to put on performances of "Cats Pajamas" for children at four locations in Franklin and Fulton counties.

The Caledonia Theatre Co. in Fayetteville, Pa., will receive $1,700 to help fund its annual Fun Fest at the Totem Pole Playhouse. From rehearsal to make up to choreography, the day-long event demonstrates the theater arts for children and adults, according to the council.

Caledonia Theatre Co. received another $1,521 for its two-week Story Camp in Fulton County, where children learn stagecraft, costuming and other theater arts.

The Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies is slated to get $2,000 to present a free jazz concert by Terrell Stafford. The Cumberland Valley School of Music will get $1,700 to continue its Celebration of Jazz series in Chambersburg, the council announced.

The Cumberland Valley Chamber Players will be presented a $2,000 check to help fund four concerts, including a children's concert conducted by Lanfranco Marcelletti.

Performances of the snow scene from "The Nutcracker" will be performed by the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Co. and the Cumberbunds children's choir of the Cumberland Valley School of Music with the help of a $1,697 grant. The arts council said there will also be performances at the Chambersburg Mall and an area retirement home.

A $982 grant will help the Chambersburg Area High School English and Library departments bring in author Annette Klause to discuss writing and publishing.

A nine-member panel considered 56 applications from Franklin, Fulton, Adams and Cumberland counties totaling $89,500, according to the arts council. Twenty-seven projects in the four counties received a total of $41,000 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Programs

McConnellsburg (Pa.) High School in Fulton County will receive $1,360 to finance a production of "Bye, Bye Birdie," and the school's Photo Club will get $200 for its programs.

Another $1,649 will go to an "Arts for Youth Day," at McConnellsburg Elementary School. The grant will help fund a traveling Vincent Van Gogh exhibit and a performance by the Appalachian Woodwind Quintet.

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