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.


We are accepting applications for our annual scholarship opportunity through April 1. Encourage a talented, arts-focused Perry County high school senior to apply!

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Join us on April 1 for free Drop-in Art at Landis House and Roseglen United Methodist Church to create spring art projects to take home.

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

10mar - 8aprAll DayMove Beyond Exhibition(All Day) PCCA Gallery

31mar7:00 pmLucille Reilly Concert7:00 pm St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church


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

10mar - 8aprAll DayMove Beyond Exhibition(All Day) PCCA Gallery

1aprAll DayJoni Williamson Scholarship(All Day: saturday) Landis House - Creative Commons

1apr1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMUSIC - Autoharp WorkshopClass1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Orthey Instruments

1apr1:00 pm- 4:00 pmDrop-in Art1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Roseglen United Methodist Church

1apr1:00 pm- 4:00 pmDrop-in Art1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

1apr7:00 pmLucille Reilly Concert7:00 pm Highland United Prebyterian Church

6apr - 8All Day"Anything Goes" presented by Lions Community Theatre(All Day) Landis House - Creative Commons

8apr11:00 am- 3:00 pmYouth Art Day11:00 am - 3:00 pm Newport High School

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

14apr6:00 pm- 8:30 pmOpening Reception: Synchronicity6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PCCA Gallery

15apr9:30 am- 12:30 pmPUBLISHING WORKSHOP – A Novel Idea 102Class9:30 am - 12:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

15apr10:00 am- 2:00 pmWaxing on Nature - Recycled Books WorkshopClass10:00 am - 2:00 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

19apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmPerry County Camera Club6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Newport Public Library

19apr6:30 pm19th Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence6:30 pm Landis House - Creative Commons

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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!