Since 1982, PCCA has been building community through the arts, and seeks to re-imagine creativity in our rural landscape.

PCCA Connects our Rural Community Through the Arts. We do this through Four Programs: Arts in Residence, Creative, Artist Engagement, and Landis House.

Our Arts in Residence Program, a partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, works in 7 counties in Central PA to administer visual and performing arts projects resulting in a culminating event or private or public art piece. We link professional artists and arts groups not only with K-12 schools, but also through parks and recreation centers, senior facilities, correctional facilities, hospitals, libraries, community centers, and other organizations.

Our Creative Programs serve our community with events and programs that are often low cost, free, or discounted to PCCA members. These include workshops; art experiences; poetry and book readings; concerts; coffeehouses; excursions; camps; and member artist, student, and community performance opportunities.

Our Artist Engagement Program at PCCA Gallery encourages and provides development and support to new, emerging, and professional visual artists and makers of every discipline, age, and educational level that live and work throughout Central PA. Other exhibition opportunities include Landis House and our remote exhibition spaces, collectively known as Art on Tour.

Landis House was donated to PCCA by a local supporter of the arts and dedicated member, Mary Landis, in 2007, at the time of her death and in honor of her parents. Landis House supports rotating exhibitions, and maintains a permanent collection in honor of the Landis family and their travels. This “Creative Commons” is used for classes, concerts, art camps, community meetings, and other special events.

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.

STAFF
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Jasmine Colbert
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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, and she was recently enrolled in Professional Development for Arts Programming at UMass Amherst. Jasmine previously served as Office Manager and Gallery Manager, leading PCCA Gallery to a NICHE Magazine Top Retailer Award for Best Guild Store in 2006.

In her previous role as Creative Programs Director, she coordinated programming at both PCCA Gallery and Landis House, including exhibitions, concerts, presentations and workshops. She has spent significant time with member artists to develop their work and encourage pursuit of their artistic passion. While not on the job, she enjoys reading, gardening, creating art and spending time with her husband and two young children.

jasmine@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.3120
Missy Smith
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Missy Smith has worked in the Communications and Journalism fields for 15 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and feature writer, and working in various positions as an editor, photographer, forum moderator, freelance journalist, and communications professional. Missy joined the PCCA staff in October 2013 as Gallery and Public Relations Assistant, and over the years has served as Media Coordinator, Gallery Manager and Communications Director. During her time as Gallery Manager, PCCA Gallery won two Harrisburg Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. In her current role, she leads and coordinates PCCA’s print and digital communications efforts—such as creative programming promotion, the ArtsReach newsletter, social media, and email marketing. She is especially passionate about the creative possibilities of graphic design and social media marketing. In addition, Missy plans, curates and promotes PCCA’s visual art exhibitions at Landis House, PCCA Gallery and various Art on Tour locations.

Missy holds an English/Journalism degree with a Sociology minor from Millersville University and is a self-taught photographer. Through mentorship and professional development opportunities with PCCA, she has cultivated a strong graphic design and social media marketing toolkit. In 2019, Missy completed a two-year, in-depth “Arts Marketing & Engagement in the 21st Century” training program presented by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

On a freelance basis, she is the Events Editor for TheBurg. Missy also volunteers her time as Secretary/Communications Director of Friends of Newport and Grants Manager for the Little Buffalo Festival.

“Getting to be creative each day in my professional life and working with artistic people to make a positive impact on the community is truly a privilege.”

missy@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.3476
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Rebecca Covert
EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Rebecca Covert worked as a theatre arts/music teaching artist for over 16 years, primarily for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center, Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the PA Council on the Arts. She facilitates student workshops (PreK-Grade 12) that integrate interdisciplinary storytelling strategies with curricular instruction. Rebecca leads professional development workshops for educators and artists on residency planning, storytelling strategies, and arts engagement for Autistic students. She most recently presented on “Arts Education and Sensory-Friendly Programming” at the South by Southwest Education conference in Austin, TX.

A proud mother of an Autistic child, she founded the Firefly Arts Project to provide a safe place for families raising children with intellectual disabilities to build community through multidisciplinary arts programming. Rebecca also consults with cultural organizations, education institutions, and family providers, offering autism sensitivity training and site-specific strategies for sensory-friendly events. In 2016, Rebecca founded Jumping Jack Theater with Stephen Santa, Artistic Director. Jumping Jack Theater creates original theatrical works for family audiences that benefit from sensory and autism-friendly strategies. She holds a M.S. in elementary education from Duquesne University.

When not in the classroom, Rebecca moonlights as a jazz and blues vocalist, debuting a collection of solo cabaret performances in the Pittsburgh area.

rebecca@perrycountyarts.org |  717.925.8205
Kathleen Meglio
FINANCE MANAGER

Kathleen Meglio has been volunteering for PCCA since 2004, collecting tickets at Little Buffalo Festival, leading the Country Casual fundraising committee as chair and guiding the board as president. She officially joined PCCA staff in 2020, where she took over the role of Finace Manager from longtime PCCA advocate and employee Teena Beutel. Kathleen comes to PCCA with both a love of the arts and numbers.

She graduated from Penn State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, with a concentration in Printmaking. Although she has not had the opportunity to do intaglio or lithography since she graduated, they are still her two favorite techniques. Relief prints, throwing pottery and kitchen creations have been where she continues to study and evaluate her art. As for the numbers, since graduation her employment has been in the accounting field. Her experiences include cash and customer service in retail, bookkeeping, and working as assistant to controller for her family run Wendy’s franchise.

Most recently, she departed MSC Business Services, a service available to members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, after holding roles as Payroll Technician, Tax accountant, Director of Training, and lastly, Assistant Manager. She holds and maintains her credential as an Enrolled Agent, giving her the privilege to practice before the IRS. “This position is like my unicorn, it’s one of those magical spots where I can use both my left and right brain experiences to contribute to an organization and mission I really believe in.”

kathleen@perrycountyarts.org  |  717.567.7018
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Leah Keilman
GALLERY MANAGER

Leah Keilman, born and raised in Newport, PA, joined the PCCA staff in September 2018. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in Art Education and a minor in Painting and Printmaking. She lived in Pittsburgh for several years where she married her husband and started a family. She moved back to Newport in 2018 and loves living and working in Perry County.

Leah heads up management of PCCA Gallery and supports marketing and social media initiatives, while commissioning paintings and enjoying time with her four kids. She paints her popular commissioned pet portraits in acrylics, but also dabbles in landscapes and other subject matter and media. “I think my art is most successful when I paint something with a real connection to my life.”

leah@perrycountyarts.org |  717.567.7017
Barb Vollrath
GALLERY ASSISTANT
barb@perrycountyarts.org |  717.567.7325
2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard Steffy, President

Jessie Ellis, Vice President

Jennifer Mitchell, Treasurer

Kurt Hower, Secretary

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