The Perry County Council of the Arts is one of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ 13 regional Partners, charged with the responsibility of implementing quality Arts-In-Education programs in 7 counties – Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Snyder, Union and Northumberland – and 19 school districts.

Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) to place professional artists in classrooms for residencies of 10 to 20 days.

RESIDENCY DETAILS

Become a Teaching Artist

PCCA invites professionally active artists of any discipline to apply for inclusion in a directory of rostered artists who are eligible to provide residencies in school settings. We can help you to:

  • Learn more about the Arts in Education Program
  • Understand the criteria the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has established for this state funded initiative
  • Obtain guidance in the application process
  • Acquire improved techniques in marketing your artistic excellence
  • Become a directory artist and earn income by providing a 10-30 day arts residency in an educational setting

SELECTION CRITERIA: Artists will be selected on the basis of artistic excellence, evidence of ability to interact with students, ability to implement a residency plan and availability to conduct residencies.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Artists may obtain an application by contacting Arts in Education Coordinator Rebecca Covert at aie@perrycountyarts.org or 717-925-8205.

Host a Residency

Schools, community organizations, libraries and other public and private organizations are welcome to become a residency host site. PCCA serves as the liaison between the host and artist to ensure a successful and rewarding program. PCCA staff assists with contracts, handles housing and travel arrangements, and collects and disperses all fees.

Residencies range from 10-20 days and are jointly funded by PCCA and the hosting education system. Business, community and government leaders are encouraged to provide valuable monetary support to help make this cost-effective, quality education available.

Artists are carefully screened, qualified and guided to work cooperatively with teachers. Their programs typically include engaging, memorable hands-on activities including dance, literature, drama, visual arts, music and theater.

How Can My School Obtain a Residency Program?

1.  Choose a discipline that is of interest to you and your students. Dance, drama, visual Arts, music and theatre can be incorporated into any curriculum. Muralist working with history students to create a graphic local history?  Jazz musician teaching improvisation to the band? Fabric artist working with ag students?  Dancer in a gym class? Poet in a math class? Mobile for a big open space? Residencies such as these and scores of others have taken place under PCCA auspices in recent years.

Some Questions to Consider:
  • Are there specific interests that you and your students have?
  • Is there a culture that you and your students would like to explore in a new way?
  • Is there a possibility that an artist in residency program could evolve into a community project?
  • Which curriculum areas would you want to include in the artist-in-residency experience?
  • Are there resources in the community to help with funding and/or materials?

2.  Contact Rebecca Covert at 717-925-8205. PCCA will be responsible for contacting the artist, scheduling, negotiating, creating agreement contracts, and making payments. We make travel arrangements and publicize your project. Our program coordinator is available to work with you throughout the residency to ensure a most successful experience for all.

3.  Determine your source for funding the required match.  Typical sources include your school’s PTO/PTA/PTG, a district budget line item, student or teacher activity funds, donations from local organizations (Lion’s Club, Moose, Civic Clubs) and fundraisers (Band boosters, sub sales, car washes, etc.)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania’s youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.

For more info: http://www.arts.pa.gov

CONTACT

To receive an informational brochure or to apply as an artist, host site or funding agency, please contact Arts-in-Education Coordinator Rebecca Covert at 717-925-8205 or aie@perrycountyarts.org.

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JANICE BAILOR | La Rue de Fleurs

Fiber Arts & Quilting

Counties
Perry, Mifflin, Juniata

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, senior

Biography

As an artist, Janice views teaching self-value and personal growth just as important as teaching artistic skills. A century’s old tradition, quilting has many iterations and genres, allowing for a wide selection of inspiration and skill level from which to draw, capturing and making accessible the medium for a larger audience. Through traditional and modern techniques, Janice aims to help students explore their best works in the fiber medium, with the firm belief that quilting and fiber arts are great mediums which teach not only artistic expression, but also daily life skills applications. Even those students who may not walk away enthusiastic quilters will have gained basic sewing and fiber skills they can use throughout life in preservation and restoration of the variety of everyday fiber goods, perhaps even with a little artistic flair.

JADE BANKS

Folk art traditions: poetry, video, photography

Counties
Perry, Mifflin, Juniata

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Jade D. Banks is a writer, book publisher, teaching artist, arts administrator, producer, community folklorist, photographer and author of “On Being Fat, Black and Female.” Founder of Iman Books, she made Harlem history by publishing “Signifyin’ Harlem” literary journal, the first literary journal of Harlem artists since the revered “Fire!!”(1926), published by Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Jade served as publisher and executive editor of 11 youth anthologies in the NYC School System and publishing adviser for “On Fire” literary journal of Rider University.

NYC Research Coordinator, Curriculum Developer and Trainer for The Will to Adorn project of the Smithsonian Institution, she is additionally Director of the Community Folk Culture Program at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, the premier, year-round, folk arts program globally for youth.

Jade created the Jazz Is My Grandmom’s Hip-Hop workshops and walking tours of historic Harlem and On Sacred Ground workshops and walking tours of the African Burial Ground and NYC Underground Railroad Stations, which were subsequently utilized for the Harlem Public Art Project.

She was the tour manager / workshop developer for the U.S. Hottest Poets International Slam Team in addition to hosting Spoken Word on the Waves, New York City’s inaugural poetry cruise.

Jade is also a featured interviewee in the HBO/Cinemax documentary “Cutting Edge” and was filmed for “Let’s Get the Rhythm, Images of Dignity: Decent People’s Children” and “Blacks in New York.” Her literary and photographic works are archived in permanent collections at the Smithsonian Institution and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

LINDA BILLET

Fused glass mosaics

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Linda Billet is a glass artisan working in two disciplines: fusing and mosaic, which offer her much creative freedom. Her greatest love is to be in her own shop, using the tools she has accumulated over the years, while working with her own hands. In 2011, she began sharing her love of glass in residencies. But, just as she has combined mosaic and fusing, she is working toward projects with a large enough budget to combine her own skilled glass work with residency work. In the past, she has directed 30 groups of people with little or no glass experience to create amazing mosaics that they are proud of. Her goal is to always surpass the last project.

BRIANNE CROTEAU | Croteau Creative Strategies

Painting, self-portraiture

Counties
Snyder, Northumberland, Union

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Brianne Croteau is a Central PA transplant by way of her New York roots. As a freelance artist and designer, she strives for the perfect resonance of emotion, fascination and impact in her work. Part Figurative Expressionist, part Modern American Realist, her paintings, illustrations and designs explore bold use of color and light to evoke a sense of presence.

As a founding artist of the Arts Underground Studio and Gallery, Brianne is helping to cultivate a new “creative class” within the Greater Susquehanna Valley, transforming the local landscape into a burgeoning collaborative and innovative artists’ community. As a teacher and coach, Brianne believes that art can empower and emphasize a means of storytelling that is both personal and authentic.

Her classes are geared toward all ages and ability levels, focusing on breaking away from convention and expectation so that artists are free to be inspired and energized by the act of creating. Brianne has taught a variety of painting classes for children and adults and is a frequent lecturer to students of all ages on empowerment, personal branding, storytelling and authenticity.

She has guest lectured for Bucknell University’s Freeman College of Management, Bucknell’s Office of Admissions, The United Way’s Diversity & Inclusion Series, The Union County Public Library (Human Library Project) and is the Co-Founder and Producer of the Milton Fringe Festival. Her art has shown in gallery spaces from New York to Washington, D.C., and her designs continue to be commissioned by businesses, organizations, and private collectors across the country.

DANZA ANTIQUA

Dance

Counties
Huntingdon, Cumberland

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Danza Antiqua is a performing ensemble providing historical dance and arts educational programs for children, adults and seniors. They teach Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Ragtime, Modern Ballroom and Bollywood dancing styles, as well as fiber arts design and construction.

Nancy Walker, M.A, B.A. & Jef Savage, MBA, BSc, are experienced performers and instructors who bring history and diverse cultures to life. They enjoy sharing their expertise to educate in an entertaining, participatory and enjoyable way. As skilled communicators at all levels, they have a reputation for putting people at ease, making social dance accessible to thousands of people of all ages and abilities, including mobility challenged and special needs populations. Danza Antiqua lead by encouragement and create a positive, open and nurturing atmosphere so that participants’ creative tendencies can grow and blossom. They develop self-confidence, body and spatial awareness; encourage respect; and improve posture and deportment.

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MICHELLE FETTER | Lewistown Printworks

Graphic design, screen printing

Counties
Juniata, Mifflin

Age groups
Middle, secondary, adult

Biography

Michelle Fetter is the co-owner of Lewistown Printworks located in Downtown Lewistown. Originally from Lancaster, she graduated with Harrisburg Area Community College with a degree in Paralegal Studies. Now she pursues the role as a young entrepreneur and graphic designer.

She serves as a board member for the Mifflin County Library, the United Way, and the Lewistown Area Community Garden. She is secretary of Kid Connection and a coordinator for Lewistown First Friday. Michelle lives in Lewistown with her husband and business partner, Caleb, and their son Jude. She enjoys hiking, singing, creating art, gardening, and spending time with her family.

GAMUT THEATRE GROUP

Theatre, drama

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Elementary

Biography

Gamut® Theatre is the combined company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, with a mission is to tell classic stories in new and exciting ways. The theatre company envisions a world in which all people cherish classic stories and share them with future generations.

Each year, Gamut presents approximately 250 performances to 30,000 people. Moreover, 20,000 students per year enjoy their theatre classes, workshops, residencies, and shows. Since its inception in 1993, Gamut has cumulatively reached more than 575,000 children and adults through our touring and educational programs and is consistently voted “Best Drama/Theatre Classes” as awarded by Central Penn Parent magazine.

The theatre group has been recognized by the press and the public for the quality of its productions, the breadth of its programs, its reach into all segments of the community, and its ability to keep classic stories relevant and alive.

KATHY GORG

Clay, pottery

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Coming Soon.

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DARRELL GREENE

Music composition, audio recording, hip hop

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Coming Soon.

DENISE HOKE

Quilting, fiber art

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Quilting is an ancient art form in most countries. The oldest known quilt was found in a Mongolian cave made of Gazelle hides. In 1978, Denise Hoke’s family moved to Perry County for the love of the outdoors, where she became friends with a Mennonite woman who showed her the art of hand quilting.

Through more than 30 years of creating and making many quilted items, she sold her quilts through juried arts and craft shows. This last decade, she has spent working through the Arts in Education program with PCCA and Art Sparks. Denise works with school students to create colorful quilt barn murals, using math and history, and highlighting aspect of the area in which she is teaching her residencies.

Local students have created more than 30 Quilt Barn Murals for display at businesses, communities and local barns.

URIE KLINE | Lyco Taiko

Music, percussion, Taiko drumming

Counties
Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Middle, secondary, adult

Biography

As a drummer and percussionist for 15 years, Urie Kline’s goal is to empower students through the art of percussion. Currently, he performs in several Williamsport-area bands and teaches at Lycoming College. He is also the founder and chief performer of Lyco Taiko, a group dedicated to traditional-style Japanese drumming. He currently teaches residencies on taiko, in which students learn to combine drumming with movement, and learn about Japanese culture and art as well. In the future, he hopes to share the wide world of rhythm with his residency students. Urie is proud to contribute to the artistic development of his native Pennsylvania.

EVGENY KRAYUSHKIN | Zheka Art

Painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics

Counties
Perry, Mifflin, Huntingdon

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult

Biography

Evgeny Krayushkin is an artist who strives to tell a story in a variety of mediums. Often, he develops the narrative with the group and the setting he is working in. His approach is strength and competency based, so that every member of the group can benefit from and enjoy the process. Creating an art project is a journey and it is his goal to make sure that at the end of the journey, there is a discovery!

CHERYL KUGLER

Visual art

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon

Age groups
Senior

Biography

Cheryl Kugler is a life-long artist from South-central Pennsylvania. Rich colors and gentle compositions of nature’s flora and fauna inspire her canvases. Versed in oils, pastels, acrylics, gouache, charcoal, and graphite, she equally enjoys naturalistic lifestyle photography and she dabbles in clay. While creating, it is not uncommon that her beautiful and well-loved cats nap on her studio desk. A resourceful and skilled “creative aging” teaching artist, Cheryl brings artsy goodness to her classes at senior centers and in long term care communities. She holds artistic skills that easily adapt to one-on-one sessions too, to enhance quality of life for individuals in healthcare and home care settings. Her openness to the creative process enables artists to experience classes that are infused with self-expression, reminisce exploration, discovery and more.

JON LAIDACKER

Painting, mural arts

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Jon Laidaicker is a painter and a storyteller, who designs narratives that express within one composition the passage of time for the people and culture that call the relevant space home. In preparation, he conducts extensive research on the history, walking and listening to the sounds of the area and its people. He also conducts extensive research on the architecture and environment that surround the proposed work of public art. The end product is a realist painting with trompe l’oeil elements that capture the historical narrative along several visual axes: with portraiture, color, and diagonal movement. Historical elements are often subtle but they often build in the evolution of the image.

EMILY NELL

Papercutting, watercolor

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

“Once you know where you come from, you have a better understanding of where you’re going.”

Emily Nell marches to the beat of her own drum, creating pieces that are whimsical and unique. Just like her Pennsylvania German ancestors, she weaves paper-cutting and watercolor, painting the many charms of nature.

As an artist and teacher, she provides Artist-in-Residence programs to K-12 students across the nation. Subconsciously, the words she shares with students have a direct impact on her artwork. She felt a deep need to learn about the Folk Art of the Pennsylvania German people, also known as Pennsylvania (PA) Dutch.

Her ancestral quest took her to the Heritage Center in Kutztown, Pa., where she was introduced to Scherenschnitte, German paper cutting, and Fraktur, family records such as births. She instantly made a connection with these two forms of expression and used them as a vehicle to drive her work in a fresh, personal direction, creating a stronger sense of self and excitement as an artist.

TODD TABB | Hometown Potters' Studio

Clay, pottery

Counties
Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder

Age groups
Secondary, adult

Biography

As a kid, Todd Tabb was given the nickname of Earth/Water/Fire because he was constantly playing with at least one of the three elements. He is a lifelong resident of Juniata County, and after high school attended Lock Haven University. It was there that he learned the basic building blocks for the pots he now creates. Todd has been a practicing studio potter for more than 12 years. His pots are wheel-thrown and embody a simple, yet elegant, functional style. Todd’s use of several different clay bodies gives him the ability to tailor-fit a pot’s function to the best clay for the job. Employing both modern and traditional methods of glazing, he adds yet another layer to the aesthetics to the work. He has committed to several green initiatives which make his work not only pleasing to the eyes and hands, but more environmentally friendly than most other ceramic art.

KATIE TRAINER

Painting, mural arts, mosaics

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, adult

Biography

Coming Soon.

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LARA VRACARICH | Creative Spirit Fusion

Multicultural & expressive dance, drumming

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, adults, senior

Biography

Lara Vracarich is passionate about all styles of dance and rhythm and inspiring others to break through their inhibitions and open into experiencing the healing joy of these modalities. Through Creative Spirit Fusion, she perform an expressive and multicultural dance, music and spoken word, honoring sacred traditional dance forms, intending to cultivate an appreciation for diversity and encourage world peace. Performances include Flamenco, African-influenced dance, modern dance and gypsy fusion dance (inspired by East Indian, Middle Eastern and Sufi dance forms) with audience participation.

As a teaching artist, her mission is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for students to get comfortable in their bodies and explore self-expression. She assists students in discovering that exercise can be fun, while providing a healthy outlet that releases tension and emotion; becoming more grounded/embodied and enhancing their body-mind connection, aimed at strengthening self-acceptance and developing a healthy body image; increasing listening skills through drumming exercises; and learning mindfulness techniques/coping skills, to return to calm, stillness and quiet.

RAND WHIPPLE | Box of Light Studios

Film, animation

Counties
Perry, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, Northumberland, Union, Cumberland, Dauphin

Age groups
Elementary, middle, secondary, adult, senior

Biography

Box Of Light is a company immersed in technology and the digital arts. From educational performances to  collaborations with teachers, Box Of Light constantly explores the use of film and animation in education. Rand Whipple and Box of Light are proud and happy to teach young and old how to use computers, cameras and digital technology as tools of expression and communication.