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 Saturday, January 21 at 12 p.m. at Landis House for the Book Launch of Strange Magic, an anthology of short stories by students and faculty of PCCA’s A Novel Idea writing program.

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On January 27, bring a friend to paint this “Love Is In The Air” canvas as a dual painting or paint one canvas by yourself! No prior art experience necessary. Led by Finding Picasso instructor, Loretta St. John.

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27jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pm"Love is in the Air" Painting Party6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons


1feb10:00 amPoetry Out Loud10:00 am Landis House - Creative Commons

1feb6:30 pmArtist Night6:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

4feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmDrop-in Art1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

10feb - 4marAll DayOff the Page Exhibition(All Day) PCCA Gallery

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

10feb6:00 pm- 8:30 pmOpening Reception: One Ground Beetle6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

10feb6:00 pm- 8:30 pmOpening Reception: Off the Page6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PCCA Gallery

11febAll DayEntry Deadline for 19th Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence(All Day: saturday)

14febAll DayEntry Deadline for Youth Art Day(All Day: tuesday) PCCA Gallery

15feb6:00 pm- 8:00 pmPerry County Camera Club6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Newport Public Library

22feb6:30 pmCoffeehouse Open Mic6:30 pm Sorrento's Bar & Lounge

24feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pm"4 Seasons Tree" Painting Party6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

24feb7:00 pmHello Stranger featuring Dale Carter Jett Concert7:00 pm St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

25feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMUSIC - Autoharp WorkshopClass1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Orthey Instruments

25feb7:00 pmHello Stranger featuring Dale Carter Jett Concert7:00 pm Highland United Prebyterian Church

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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!