Pa. arts grants doled out to Chambersburg-area groups

September 08, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The local arts received a $31,000 boost Wednesday evening when local organizations and individuals received grant money to support their artistic endeavors.

The Council for the Arts presented checks for four local artistic ventures through its Local Government Grants program. Funded by the council and the Borough of Chambersburg, the program benefits artists, organizations and activities within the boundaries of the Chambersburg Area School District.

State Rep. Pat Fleagle said that the arts "define a community" and improve its quality of life.

Receiving $500 each were:

  • Lavinia Reid, to present black light ballet workshops at Chambersburg Head Start and Boys & Girls Clubs.

  • Wilson College Performing Arts Series, to support a free workshop with the Lumina String Quartet.

  • Conococheague Players, to present a professional theater experience for elementary children.

  • Roy Justice, to present a public performance on American folk tales and legends.

Borough Council President William McLaughlin presented the grants.


Also presented at the ceremony were grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). A program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PPA is a partnership between the state and 13 arts agencies across the state, according to Jane Carlson, local co-PPA coordinator. Artists apply to their local agency, which selects recipients and distributes the money. This year, the Chambersburg Council distributed $29,000 to 17 recipients.

The local council has been with the program for nine years, Carlson said, and was one of the original four partners with the state.

Chris Miller, a fifth-grade teacher at Duffield Elementary School, received a grant to bring musician Tom Jolin to the school for 21/2 weeks next spring.

"He will share Appalachian music with us, teach Appalachian tales and lifestyle, and help the children to build their own instruments," he said.

Forbes Road Elementary School Choral Director Donna Ankney accepted a grant from PPA to bring Jolin to the small, rural school in Waterfall, Pa. Her students have never experienced an artist-in-residence, she said.

"This is very exciting. It's something totally different for our community. These students are living in the Appalachian Mountains and this will relate to their roots," she said.

Jolin will teach folk dancing and have students writing lyrics and constructing instruments, she said.

Presenting the PPA grants were Franklin County Commissioners Cheryl Plummer and Bob Thomas, state Rep. Rob Kauffman, state Rep. Pat Fleagle and a representative of Sen. Terry Punt.

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