The Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) is a rural, grassroots success story that was founded in 1982 and established 501(c)3 status in 1985. Over the course of three decades, PCCA has cultivated and promoted a growing, then thriving arts culture in the area. In 2007, PCCA was named Best Arts Non-Profit (tie) in the country by NICHE Magazine. In 2014, more than 60,000 adults and children took a class, displayed their art, saw an exhibition, attended a recital, took photographs, interacted with an artist, read their poetry, bought artwork, held meetings, danced, sang, or painted, all under the auspices of the Perry County Council of the Arts.
PCCA board, staff and volunteers strive to fulfill the mission by helping artists become more economically viable, encouraging adults and young people to explore art forms that resonate within them, and providing numerous local programs that community members can join as creative participants or as members of an appreciative audience.
Rog Smith, PCCA’s Executive Director since early 2008, brings a passion for building community through the arts. Rog is primarily responsible for financial management, grant writing, representing PCCA at numerous gatherings, and staff administration, although he views the latter task as a matter of making sure that all staff members are communicating effectively and then get out of their way. Rog gives in to his creative instincts by designing and building furniture. He has been married to Susan for 45 years. They have three children.
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Jasmine Colbert joined the Perry County Council of the Arts team in 2003. She is a graduate of Lycoming College with a double major in photography and commercial design. Jasmine coordinates programming at both PCCA Gallery and Landis House, including exhibitions, presentations and workshops. She spends time with member artists to develop their work and create an aesthetic setting for displays and sales. While not on the job, she enjoys reading, gardening, creating art, spending time with family and traveling and skiing with her husband.
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Teena Beutel has been a member of PCCA since 1988. She exhibited and demonstrated her hand woven baskets at Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts for several years, claiming best of show for two consecutive years. She teaches basketry workshops at PCCA. Teena serves PCCA as Finance and Landis House Manager. Which means that she takes care of all aspects of accounting and reporting as well as sees to the business of Landis House, which could be arranging a rental, preparing for an event, or even helping with exhibits. Teena was previously a Co-owner and Director of VISIONS Service Adventures, an international experiential education program for youth that emphasizes community service and cross-cultural opportunities. She also acted as VISIONS’ Treasurer, but also marketed the program, hired and managed staff, and, as all business owners do, put out fires.
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Amy Beaver has been Perry County Council of the Arts’ Communications and Arts-in-Education (AIE) Coordinator since April of 2012. As the chief director of the AIE residency program, she is often traveling to schools in Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union Counties. In addition, she also manages all of the organization’s graphic design needs, oversees Youth Art Day activities and organizes a regional Poetry Out Loud competition.
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Missy Smith joined the PCCA staff in the fall of 2013. Graduating from Millersville University in 2004, Missy holds an English/Journalism degree and a Sociology minor. Always drawn to photography from a young age, Missy is self-taught in the art form, with professional experience in wedding, maternity and newborn photography. Missy coordinates press communications, manages social media, edits PCCA written materials, publishes the ArtScene e-newsletter, represents PCCA at community functions, and photographs artwork and events. She also assists with overall operations at the PCCA Gallery. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking, tasting new foods, reading, walking, yoga, discovering new music, and exploring small towns and cities.
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Jeannine Prinz recently joined the PCCA staff in February 2015. She graduated from the Art Institute in 1992 with a degree in visual communications. She brings with her 12 years of experience in retail merchandising and nine years in graphic design, primarily in newspaper advertising. Jeannine’s goal is to bring awareness to the community and unite the artist with the public in appreciations of the arts that surround us through marketing. She oversees the daily operations at PCCA Gallery, inventory and customer relations. She loves to spend free time with her fiance, and friends and family. She celebrates her creativity through abstract paintings that touch the soul.
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As Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator (VVC, for short) June Bricker maintains a database of volunteers, informs volunteers of opportunities to serve, and maintains a record of volunteer hours. She also writes the Volunteer Spotlight column in PCCA’s printed newsletter, the ArtsQuarter. June is retired from a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a trained church organist. She lives in Juniata County with her husband, Jim, and their special dog, Lucy.