$ 41K awarded to arts pro­grams

$ 15,000 pre­sented to Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance, $ 6,000 pre­sented for orches­tra per­for­mance at Tulpe school dis­trict

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - From Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion

Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has awarded seven grants to- tal­ing $ 41,000 to bring arts pro­grams, con­certs, pub­lic art, work­shops, and more to ru­ral ar­eas of the county.

This is the fourth an­nual round of fund­ing through the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Ru­ral Arts Grant Pro­gram to bring the arts to out­ly­ing ar­eas of Berks County where res­i­dents do not have ready ac­cess to of­fer­ings pro­vided by the es­tab­lished arts com­mu­nity. Many of th­ese artis­tic of­fer­ings take place in town­ships and bor­oughs that were iden­ti­fied in the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Vi­tal Signs re­ports as places where peo­ple were least likely to have ex­pe­ri­enced an art event in the pre­vi­ous year.

“Our lo­cal artists and performers are cre­at­ing new ways to reach ru­ral au­di­ences, and those au­di­ences have been ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­fort,” said Heidi Wil­liamson, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Vice Pres­i­dent for Pro­grams and Ini­tia­tives.

This year’s ru­ral arts grants in­clude:

$ 15,000 to The Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance, a sub­sidiary of Our Town Foun­da­tion, to sup­port pub­lic art in Ham­burg. This is the fourth year in a row that a ma­jor part of the Ru­ral Arts Grant Pro­gram fund­ing went to sup­port a sig­nif­i­cant art en­deavor in Ham­burg. Th­ese funds will be used for the in­stal­la­tion of pub­lic art ( mu­rals, sculp­tures, mo­saics, etc.); per­for­mances at the Ham­burg Strand Theater and in the down­town busi­ness dis­trict; host­ing and pro­mot­ing ex­hibits of lo­cal vis­ual art; “Meet the Artist” nights; and art classes, work­shops, and art- re­lated sum­mer camps.

$ 6,000 to Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra to per­form Peter and the Wolf at Penn- Bernville Ele­men­tary School in the Tulpe­hocken Area School Dis­trict, with Bethel Ele­men­tary School stu­dents also at­tend­ing.

$ 5,000 to Read­ing Cho­ral So­ci­ety for “Sum­mer Sings.”

This is the third year of Ru­ral Arts fund­ing for this pro­gram, which pro­vides cho­ral mu­sic work­shops through­out ru­ral Berks County to give singers the op­por­tu­nity to per­form a va­ri­ety of mu­sic with out­stand­ing cho­ral di­rec­tors. The sum­mer sings will be held at Robe­son Lutheran Church, Route 10, Robe­son Town­ship; New Life Bi­ble Fel­low­ship Church, Route 73, Oley; and St. Thomas Church, Route 183. Bernville.

$ 4,825 to Clay on Main to set up arts tents at ru­ral fes­ti­vals. This is the fourth year of Ru­ral Arts fund­ing for this pro­gram, which sets up booths at lo­cal fes­ti­vals where peo­ple can cre­ate and dec­o­rate their own pieces of art. In ad­di­tion, in the win­ter, Clay on Main will bring fused glass work­shops to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

$ 4,700 to Read­ing Pops Orches­tra for side- by- side con­certs in the Kutz­town School Dis­trict. A side- by- side con­cert al­lows Berks County stu­dents to prac­tice, play, and per­form with the Read­ing Pops mu­si­cians. The Ru­ral Arts pro­gram pre­vi­ously funded such con­certs in the Ham­burg, Oley and Tulpe­hocken school dis­tricts.

$ 3,775 to the Foun­da­tion for the Read­ing Pub­lic Mu­seum for its RPM ART- GO pro­gram. Mu­seum ed­uca- tors will par­tic­i­pate in the Oley Val­ley Com­mu­nity Fair to teach about mu­seum of­fer­ings, present a hands- on learn­ing ac­tiv­ity and craft, and to in­form teach­ers how they may ap­ply for funds to bring their class­rooms to the mu­seum at no cost.

$ 1,700 to Opus One Berks Cham­ber Choir to per­form a con­cert at Robe­son Lu- theran Church in Robe­son Town­ship.

Berks County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is a non­profit cor­po­ra­tion that serves as a civic leader for our re­gion by de­vel­op­ing, man­ag­ing and dis­tribut­ing funds to meet ex­ist­ing and emerg­ing com­mu­nity needs. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. bccf. org.


A girl works on some street art dur­ing the Ham­burg Arts & Crafts Fes­ti­val and Car Show in May 2017.

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