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Jonathan Friedman Moses Davis Kathleen Raupach

The Annual Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is one of those bittersweet moments where, among other business items like approving a budget, we thank departing board members for their service and welcome new colleagues.

And so, bright and early (as in at 8:15 am) on the morning of October 20, we elected officers for the coming year. They are: Steve Watson, board president; Amy Caputo, vice-president; Bob Hicks, treasurer, and Sue Haug, secretary.

Steve is a university planner with Penn State’s Division of Campus Planning and Design in the Office of Physical Plant; Amy is director of strategic communications for the Penn State Alumni Association; Bob Hicks is the chief financial officer of Videon Central, Inc.; and Sue is the director of Penn State’s School of Music.

Joyce Robinson, Arts Festival board president from 2013 to 2015 steps into a new role on the board as past president. She also serves as chair of the committee planning some special events to mark the 50th Festival in 2016 and the Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2017.

The following individuals were elected to three year terms on the Festival Board: Moses Davis, the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Penn State; Jonathan Friedman, Director of Development, Friedman Real Estate Group; and Kathleen Raupach, an instructor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State. They bring a diversity of interests and expertise with them and will all be tremendous additions to our board.

The board recognized two departing board members–Susan Steinberg and Katherine Allen. Susan has been an avid Festival supporter for over twenty years–and served a term as our 35mm slide cataloger, back when artists submitted five 35mm slides with each Sidewalk Sale application. There are about 950 applications each year, so if you do the math, that’s well, a gazillion slides that she to cataloged and put in Kodak Carousels in the right order. Katherine Allen is a more recent addition to the Festival ranks, but served as the Festival’s president, and has been our only Festival board member who was the mother of one of our interns.

The board presented Susan and Katherine with oval Shaker boxes made from wood salvaged from Penn State’s elms. They were created by Steve Strouse of Howard, PA. Steve is a regular exhibitor in our Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition and is will be an Invited Artist at our 2016 Festival.