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.

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Jasmine Colbert

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 recent 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.  |  717.567.3120
Teena Beutel

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.  |  717.567.7018
Missy Smith

Missy Smith joined the PCCA staff in the fall of 2013. As Communications Director, she directs and coordinates PCCA marketing and outreach and has administrative and marketing oversight of PCCA Gallery. Graduating from Millersville University in 2004, Missy holds an English/Journalism degree and a Sociology minor and is a self-taught photographer. She is especially passionate about graphic design and social media. ­­­In her spare time, Missy enjoys photography, writing, cooking and eating, walking, yoga, baseball and softball, listening to music, and exploring small towns and cities, and spending time with her family.  |  717.567.3476
Rebecca Covert

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. |  717.925.8205
Leah Keilman

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 this past year and loves living and working in Perry County. She is currently transitioning into her role as the Gallery Manager at PCCA Gallery, while also commissioning paintings and enjoying time with her three 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 will head up management of the gallery and support marketing and social media initiatives. Stop in to PCCA Gallery and say “Hi” to Leah! |  717.567.7017
Barb Vollrath
GALLERY ASSISTANT |  717.567.7325

Richard Steffy, President

Jess Ellis, Vice President

Robin Wheeler, Secretary

Kurt Hower

Patti McLaughlin

Ann Shull

Bryce Stambaugh

Sara Sutton

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