The Elizabeth Lee Black School Awarded for Leadership and Innovation in Special Education
This prestigious award recognizes the school’s consistent efforts to ensure that children with disabilities receive the many benefits that digital technology offers for state-of-the-art education. In particular, the school is being recognized for an artist-in-residence project that brings a professional artist together with students and faculty to create multimedia publications such as digital books, movies and animations that reinforce or expand upon concepts taught in the classroom. Many of the students create “social stories” that help them achieve their individual communication or behavior goals. The artist in residence program is funded in part by the PA Council on the Arts.
Music at Noon: The Logan Series Awarded for Adventurous ProgrammingMusic at Noon: The Logan Series, a chamber music and performing arts series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Chamber Music America and American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Award for Adventurous Programming.
The national award recognizes ensembles and presenters for outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary, classical, jazz and world chamber music.
“It’s exciting to be honored nationally by these organizations,” said Gary Viebranz, director of The Logan Series. “This award reflects the contributions of the staff and administration of the college, along with the support of our audience, local and state arts organizations, Diehl Elementary School, and the City of Erie School District. Of course, none of it would be possible without the vision and support of Mrs. Kay Logan.”
Music at Noon: The Logan Series was founded by Kay Logan in 1989 and receives major support from Mrs. Logan. Additional funding is provided by the Penn State Behrend Student Activity Fee, and the program also receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for this program is provided in part by an Erie Arts & Culture Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the Combined Arts & Cultural Campaign and the Erie Arts Endowment. Read more here.