We're building a new website - Please check back May 15 for 2018 updates!

Archives

An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

The Hotel State College is the heart of our downtown.

Change has always been the order of the day in State College, but it seems as if our downtown is changing even faster than usual. The Fraser Center is finally complete and open for business. One mega-sized student-centric building, The Metropolitan, is complete and filled with Penn Staters.… Read the rest

 

My Festival Surprise

The Mifflin McElwain Family

I’ve been involved with the Arts Festival since the early 1980s. As old as it makes me sound, if it’s happened at the Festival, I’ve probably seen or heard it. Consequently, I don’t surprise easily.

It takes a lot for a Sidewalk Sale artist to surprise me.… Read the rest

 

Rick’s Top Picks for This Year’s Festival

David Myles will perform at the State Theatre on Friday evening.

A few years ago, I started making a list of my “top picks” to help give the Festival’s board members some ideas of the events they shouldn’t miss (including official functions they were expected to attend). One board member asked if I could do a version without the official functions so she could share the list with some co-workers.… Read the rest

 

Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

Artist Carrie Jacobson in her magic hat

I often say that the most difficult thing about producing the Central Pennsylvania of the Arts is paying for it. We’re a free party!

I think we provide more free entertainment than anyone in the Centre Region—we present four full days of free music on three outdoor stages, in addition to smaller acts along the Sidewalk Sale route.… Read the rest

 

Festival Posters Tell Stories Too

Lana Raup with some of her CPFA posters.

Our annual poster is a Festival tradition. Year in and year out since 1974, we’ve issued a poster to promote the Festival. In a feat that’s unique among art festivals, one designer, Lanny Sommese, has designed all of our posters. It’s a remarkable body of work, and it reflects only a small portion of Lanny’s career.… Read the rest

 

Capturing College Avenue

A section of Chuck Fong’s College Avenue photo mural

As we planned the 50th Arts Festival last year, I wanted to mark the occasion in a permanent way. Festivals are impermanent, and although they provide audiences with great experiences, they usually don’t leave much behind. Fifty years of festivals demanded a different approach.

Read the rest
 

Announcing Images 2017

Bhutanese Monk, a photograph by Tina Hay, was the Best in Show Winner in Images 2017

Although the Festival is still months away, there is no time like the present to think about entering Images 2017, our juried gallery exhibition. Images 2017 will hang in in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Room of the Schlow Centre Region Library during the month of July.… Read the rest

 

Send this to a friend