posted on: Monday, January 12, 2015
Each year Erie Arts & Culture distributes thousands of dollars in grants to artists and organizations throughout the region. These grants are made possible through a state program known as the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). PPA is a regionalized funding program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts that supports a wide variety of local and community arts activities. Four organizations in Venango County were awarded funding from Erie Arts & Culture for the 2014-2015 program year. Erie Arts & Culture is proud to serve Northwestern PA as the regional Partner and support the arts in Venango County. PPA grants awarded to Venango County arts groups total $3,817.
Venango County PPA Grantees and their local state legislators. From left to right, Martha Heise (HOLeY Jeans youth choir), Deborah Femovich (Oil Region Ballet), Robin Lutz (Franklin Civic Operetta Association Youth Theatre), Senator Scott Hutchinson, Amanda Sissem (Erie Arts & Culture), Representative R. Lee James, and Pam Martarella (Oil City’s Southside Schools).
The $1,029 awarded to the Franklin Civic Operetta Association
Youth Theatre will support two full-scale youth productions and a summer camp. Youth involved with the Theatre experience the full range of acting and production, including costuming, set design, lighting and sound.
, a 35-40 member youth choir which offers vocal training and performance opportunities for kids wanting to strengthen their vocal capabilities, was awarded $1,203.
The Oil Region Ballet Company
received $509 in support of their 6th annual full-length ballet production. The spring 2015 performance will be based upon a visual and acoustical interpretation of the literary publication of the folk tale "Snow White" put to paper by the Brothers Grimm.
$1,076 was awarded to Oil City’s Southside Schools for their annual Arts Day. Each year, Art and Music teachers plan a full day of arts activities, such as theater workshops, dance classes, live music, and storytelling. From left to right, Senator Scott Hutchinson, Martha Heise (HOLeY Jeans youth choir), Amanda Sissem (Erie Arts & Culture), Pam Martarella (Oil City’s Southside Schools), and Representative R. Lee James.