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Pa. groups, schools awarded arts grants

August 31, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Grants totaling approximately $30,000 were handed out this week to promote artistic endeavors in Franklin, Fulton, Adams and Cumberland counties ranging from high school musicals to community bands and what one recipient called "Do-it-yourself Central Pennsylvania public radio."

The Waynesboro Community Concert Association received a $2,550 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Grant for a series of five concerts and a master class for students from the Waynesboro Area School District.

"Our first concert is actually the Wildcat Regimental Band," said Gerald Kowallis, the former choral director at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. The concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the high school, he said.

About 800 people are subscribers to the concert series, Kowallis said.

McConnellsburg High School received a $1,000 grant to put on "South Pacific" in April, said Noreen Mann, music director for the Central Fulton School District.

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The Southern Fulton Drama Club received another grant to help finance a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

"It started 10 years ago as a small radio show focusing on world jazz and eclectic music," said Trevor Stottlemyer, producer of "The Global Caf," which runs weekdays on Shippensburg University's radio station, WSYC. Also available on the Internet, Stottlemyer called it a "home-grown NPR" and said the $2,100 grant will be used to cover production and advertising costs.

"The arts are a vital part of the community and we contribute to the economy," Theresa Bachman-Myers, the executive director of the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg said Monday during the grant presentations at The Capitol Theatre.

"I'm not exactly a Renaissance man, but I appreciate people who are," said state Rep. Pat Fleagle, R-Franklin, one of the grant presenters. "You can tell the character of a nation by how it invests in the arts."

Other grants went to:

· Nancy Walker and Jef Savage for a historical dance program at Chambersburg Area Senior High School

· St. Andrew Elementary School in Waynesboro for an artist-in-residence program with musician Tom Jolin

· The Greencastle Area Arts Council for its ARTime program for second- through eighth-graders

· The Mercersburg Historical Society for the annual Nancy Horton Heefner Memorial Art Show

· CAKE 45 (the Chambersburg Area Kids Ensemble for fourth- and fifth- graders) for choral performances

· The Conococoheague Institute for a performance by the duet Orrtanna at the annual Colonial Craft Fair at Rock Hill Farm in Mercersburg

· The Franklin County Library System for performances by singer and songwriter Steven Courtney during its summer reading program

· The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies for the annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival.

Grant recipients in Adams County included the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg Stage, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg Adventist School and Gettysburg Community Concert Association.

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