Protests have been part of our nation’s fabric since before the United States was a nation. Quakers in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood protested against slavery in 1688. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against a tax on tea in 1773. In 1848, women gathered in upstate New York for the Seneca Falls Convention to protest against their dismal status in American life.… Read the rest
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
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
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
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.
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
A couple of weeks ago, I had a call from our sales rep from 3WZ radio, Cathy Brown, asking me if I would be the station’s fugitive in a contest the station was holding. I wasn’t to be a real fugitive, on the run from the law. Instead, she explained that the station would give out clues to my identity starting on a Monday, and, with any sort of luck, some enterprising Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple would suss out my identity by the end of that week. … Read the rest
The Festival’s annual meeting takes place in October and it’s an occasion for both joy and sadness. There’s joy as we note our accomplishments for the year and welcome new board members. There’s sadness too, as we say goodbye to those board members whose terms are ending.… Read the rest
This weekend our friends at the Centre County Historical Society are hosting a program in conjunction with its summer long exhibition, Arts Festival at Fifty: Stories of the Early Days. The program takes place at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 18 at the society’s Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 East College Avenue.… Read the rest
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