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.
Erika Juran, PCCA’s Executive Director since early 2017, is passionate about connecting community through the arts. Erika is primarily responsible for financial management, fundraising oversight,raising the profile of PCCA, and supporting and developing our professional and volunteer staff team and our board of directors. She is a painter who exhibits throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Erika, along with her husband and daughter, enjoys exploring and supporting our strong Central PA arts scene, kayaking, volunteering, traveling and care taking of an old house with good bones.
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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.
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Amy Beaver has been Perry County Council of the Arts’ 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. As Communications and Gallery Director, she directs and coordinates PCCA marketing and outreach and has administrative 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. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, writing, cooking and eating, walking, yoga, music and exploring small towns and cities.
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Kim McMullen joined PCCA staff in March 2017. A Perry County resident since 2001, community service has always been an important element of Kim’s focus. She has devoted her time to Perry County both personally and professionally, volunteering with the New Bloomfield Civic Club, and serving a term as Perry County Auditor. In addition, she brings years of bookkeeping and retail sales experience with her to PCCA. Kim oversees daily operations of PCCA Gallery, inventory and artist and customer relations. She loves spending time with her husband, friends and family. She celebrates her creativity through photography, writing, cooking and music.