Letter From Our President
Finally, Gallery 770 will be open for the First Friday Art Walk in August. Artists produced an abundance of new artwork in the past several months, and a sampling of anything from whimsical to Covid and serious social justice issues will be on exhibit. The pause in daily, even seasonal routines has given time to talk to other organizations, people in the community and instructors. These connections will be useful for planning next year’s programs and events.
We received notice that Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts has been approved for Program Stream funding from the Pa Council on the Arts. The approval means that we have transitioned into a tier for annual funding by the state. To qualify, organizations must show responsibility for several years at the Project Stream tier, which is an annual application for individual projects. Some of the past projects include the storytelling festival, music performances, murals, creative camps for kids, and musicals.
We continue to ride out the remainder of 2020, and look to 2021 to resume most events. The First Friday Art Walks will resume as long as the community spread remains low in this area.
The board decided to delay sending out membership renewals because of the difficulty some are experiencing. If you are still able to contribute, we will happily accept membership renewals. Meanwhile, stay safe and take advantage of our outdoor art exhibit along the Hazel Dike. The Veteran’s Memorial Walkway is suitable for taking a stroll or biking to see the exhibit along the dike. You can park at the library for a good starting point. — Sharon Zook, President
We Are All in This Together Summer 2020
The finishing touches have been added to LVCA’s latest public mural located at the Progressive Playground at 1 st St. and Weidman St. The class was organized by LVCA Board President Sharon Zook and designed by lead artist, Michaelanne Helms. The mosaic class was attended by 6 young people and 2 adults.
The culminating project “We Are All in This Together” was designed by the class and lead artist using the concepts and messages of positivity and hope compiled from surveys from the neighborhood and class. The community and public were invited to help with the installation. The location this summer was suggested by another local artist, Jandi Goshert, who grew up in the Progressive neighborhood. Even though the other side of town may have missed the installation, the other side of the world dialed in…while painting the finishing touches, a face time call came in from a relative in South Africa to see the wall and check in on the progress.
The project was made possible by: Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts, the City of Lebanon, PA Council on the Arts through South Central PaARTners of Millersville University, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and Weaver’s Carpet & Tile.
The Show Must Go…Online
Covid-19 precautions unfortunately forced the cancellation of in person events, including theater classes and productions. With so many talented young people interested in the theater arts; LVCA, along with local actor and theater instructor, Abby Dupler, organized The Show Must Go…Online event and brought the production to life.
The Show Must Go…Online is a virtual children’s musical written to be rehearsed and performed remotely. As described by Beat By Beat Press, “in this first of its kind musical, each actor receives a 1-2 minute scene/song to rehearse, video record, and upload. When all the videos are played in order, they tell the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical…online!
This event was funded by a grant from the Covid-19 Community Response fund established by the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and The United Way of the Capital Region.
Check out LVCA’s June 2020 production of The Show Must Go…Online!
LVCA Receives Grant
LVCA was recently awarded a $600 grant from the Covid-19 Community Response fund established by the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and The United Way of the Capital Region. The fund was established to support non-profits as they respond to and support their communities through the Covid-19 crisis. The grant funds will help to cover the cost of mural supplies and our June 2020 online theater opportunity, The Show Must Go…Online!
Lebanon Community Support
LVCA would like to say thank you to the organizations that donated funds to support the arts in the community of Lebanon. Many of our programs, events, and camps were cancelled and planning for the future of the Lebanon art council is being taken one step at a time.
One example is the group, Women Behind the Scenes, who sewed and donated masks, and is an example of Lebanon community members working together to share supplies and funds to support the Lebanon area.
All donations are welcome and will be invested back into the community of Lebanon. Artistic expression is often a way to make sense of the unknown or bring clarity to confusing and conflicting emotions. At LVCA, we focus on providing outlets for artistic expression and a sense of hope and community connection. Thank you for your continued support. For information about supporting LVCA, or renewing a membership, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday August 7th between 5pm and 8pm we will be having another truly unique First Friday Downtown Lebanon event! LVCA will exhibit local artists from all backgrounds and mediums. This sample of creativity from the Lebanon area is designed to be fresh and inspiring.
Our Fish out of Water exhibit will be showing for a second month, with NEW exhibits, along the Veteran's Memorial Walkway with over 20 total pieces of art. Artists are invited to set up along the trail and musicians will be playing at either end of the trail.
If you do not have art to show or sell then we hope you'll come out and enjoy the art and live music that will be playing on each block.
Great things are happening in Downtown Lebanon!