The mission of the Perry County Council of the Arts is to build community through the arts.

Within this context, PCCA nurtures the creative spirit in adults and children, supports artists and celebrates their successes, enhances the local economy, implements arts education initiatives in seven counties, and brings vitality to Perry County, Pennsylvania.


Join us on Wednesday, April 26 for Coffeehouse Open mic at JD’Z Stationhouse Restaurant in Loysville!

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Artists can participate in a Life Drawing Workshop on Wed., May 3 at Landis House, as part of PCCA’s Artist Night program.

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10feb - 6mayAll DayOne Ground Beetle Exhibition(All Day) Landis House - Creative Commons

14apr - 6mayAll DaySynchronicity(All Day) PCCA Gallery


10feb - 6mayAll DayOne Ground Beetle Exhibition(All Day) Landis House - Creative Commons

14apr - 6mayAll DaySynchronicity(All Day) PCCA Gallery

3may6:30 pmArtist Night6:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

6may1:00 pm- 4:00 pmDrop-in Art1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

6may1:00 pm- 4:00 pmDrop-in Art1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Roseglen United Methodist Church

12may - 3junAll DayColoring on Metal(All Day) PCCA Gallery

12may - 21julAll Day4 x 6 Art Exhibition(All Day) Landis House - Creative Commons

12may6:00 pm- 8:30 pmOpening Reception: Coloring on Metal6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PCCA Gallery

12may6:00 pm- 8:30 pmOpening Reception: 4 x 6 Art6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

17may6:00 pm- 8:00 pmPerry County Camera Club6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Newport Public Library

18mayAll DayBus Trip to The Corning Museum of Glass(All Day: thursday) The Corning Museum of Glass

20may9:30 am- 12:30 pmPUBLISHING WORKSHOP – A Novel Idea 102Class9:30 am - 12:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

31may6:00 pmProject Stream Grant Information Session6:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

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Friday filled my heart with JOY! I hope that you and the rest of the awesome people at PCCA know how much you are appreciated. Being able to take a trip in our own backyard was not only necessary, but also educational and inspiring. So many of my students, although having lived in Newport their whole lives, have never been inside PCCA (Gallery) for one reason or another. So, to actually take them inside a place right in their hometown that offers a cultural experience; to see a variety of art as well as meet a local artist who is successful and approachable was such a gift! So, thank YOU!

Jess Barlup, Art Teacher at Newport High School

I was contacted by someone who saw my info and testimony on PCCA’s website. She asked for private art lessons for her wonderful teenage granddaughter, I agreed, and we set things up. They drove over an hour to my place from New Bloomfield for 4 individual private art lessons. We all had a great time. She has just completed her lessons, and it all started on the PCCA website!

Valerie Moyer, artist

In 1983, when we began to plan the first Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts for 1984, we had no idea that we would be captured by the fun and worthwhile work that the fledgling Perry County Council of the Arts would become in our lives and in those of friends, neighbors and many residents of the county.

Thirty-three years later, we were honored and touched that PCCA recognized us with Life Achievement Awards at the annual meeting earlier this month. We were so pleased that Tony Oliveri wrote and presented his poetic tribute and Dick Gregg stood up to speak about our early times together planning and working to develop the organization. And we felt humbled by Clyde McGeary’s remembrances of his early impressions about PCCA and the impact the programs were having on the county and central Pennsylvania.

Those of us who immigrated to Perry County from other areas brought lifestyles and ideas that resonated with people who were already involved in the arts here and with others who were looking for  new stimulating and creative outlets and activities. All of us together enjoyed the opportunity to make something beautiful happen right here at home. As the saying goes, “Bloom where you are planted.”  It’s been a great recipe for fulfillment.

We are proud to witness and be a small part of the continuing growth of PCCA, as new volunteers and staff have added their own song to the symphony. We look forward to future developments.

Thank you for our recognition, the enjoyable gathering, lovely awards and certificates.

Tom & Carol Vracarich

I love the open mic sessions. It’s great to see how much talent we have. Keep up the good work!


Art in schools is vital. It helps kids figure out that not every problem needs to get solved by following A+B+C because sometimes you can swing past X and through O to arrive at a different (yet valid) conclusion. Kids need the SPIRIT in art, they need to learn the visual voice that can create stories of beauty, or hurt, or fear, or joy or hope. To say things that can’t be said with words alone. Art curriculum can employ a wide variety of skills, reinforcing their relevance and importance in life (geometry in creating shapes, chemistry in mixing paint or glazes, engineering in building sculpture, verbal skills in reacting to their own work or the work of others, written or spoken, cultural and earth appreciation in examining art from other times and places…). I teach art to high school students and see daily what art brings to my students. Pride and accomplishment in their eyes, a “safe place” to create and take risks, a place where struggle is sometimes needed to learn past ideas, where they can come face to face with a splash, dot, line of paint and see it as beauty. All of this and more makes me feel compelled to fight to keep art in school.

Erin Welsh, Mifflin County High School art teacher

Keep up the great work! I love our PCCA! I get so much from the PCCA from afar in Montana!

Sarah, Montana

Thanks for being a great local organization and for the great events you bring to our area!