We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Take the Festival Poster Trail

1988 Festival Poster

Wine lovers know all about the wine trail: every wine growing region seems to have one . They’re a good way for wineries and wine-loving tourists to connect.

Similarly there is the lighthouse trail. They encourage tourists to check out hidden (and not so hidden) gems on our coastlines from Maine to North Carolina.

In a similar vein we’ve established the Festival Poster Trail.  It’s a great way to connect our audience, our posters, and local businesses. Sponsored by the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, the Festival Poster Trail, opened on Friday, June 3 and runs through Friday, June 24. The Poster Trail is one of the special events on tap as the Art Festival celebrates its 50th birthday.

The Arts Festival’s posters – issued annually since 1974 – are treasured by Festival audiences, and enjoyed as enthusiastically by their fans as a glass of wine or a photogenic lighthouse.

The Festival has distributed vintage posters from its collection to more than thirty Centre County businesses. Trail goers may pick up a Poster Trail passport at any participating location, and will use their passport to keep track of their visits to participating sites. There is no cost to go on the Poster Trail.

Once passports have been filled with ten stamps, they may be deposited at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen Street, or the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, 800 East Park Avenue, State College.

Completed passports will be entered into a drawing for a slew of great prizes that include gift certificates to the following:

  • The Festival’s Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition
  • 2000 Degrees, State College
  • Del Grosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton
  • The Tavern Restaurant, State College
  • Discovery Space, State College
  • Angelina’s Invigorating Hour, State College

“The Poster Trail encourages people to learn about the Festival’s rich history while exploring local businesses and organizations” stated Kathleen Raupach, Poster Trail Committee Chair. “It’s free to go on the Trail, just as many of the events the Festival produces are free”.

Lanny Sommese, the designer of all the posters on the Festival Poster Trail is Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, where he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities.

The oldest poster on display is from 1978 – it’s pictured here – while the newest is from 2015. Which festival poster is your favorite? Take the Festival Poster Trail and let us know!



About Rick Bryant

Rick Bryant has served as the Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts since 2005. Active in the State College community, he has served on many boards including the State College Board of Health, and the Board of Deacons of State College Presbyterian Church. He currently serves as the chair of the State College Design Review Board.

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