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Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts Summer 2020 Newsletter

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.

We Are All in This Together Summer 2020 Mosaic Mural

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 lebanonartscouncil@gmail.com.

Women Behind the Scenes mask makers

First Friday

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.

This walkway starts behind the Lebanon Community Library on 7th street and runs along the Hazel Dike down to 12th street behind the BOXIE LLC.

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!

Fish out of Water art exhibit

We Are Lebanon, PA

Annubis Productions is producing new positivity videos in their space on the third floor of the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts. The first video featured Amy Kopecky of the Downtown BID promoting the unique Fish Out of Water First Friday event in July. The second is an inspiring story delivered by Elisa Rodriguez who was protesting in Annville with a group of Black Lives Matters Supporters. She delivers a positive message about her interaction with the officer whose duty it is to watch over the protestors. This video has almost 3K views. Check it out here.

The next six videos are from the United Way, The Caring Cupboard, Lebanon Christian Ministries, Wellspan regarding GO Lebanon, Guadalupe Barba speaking in Spanish on the importance of the Census and Amy Pennycoff from the YMCA.

All of these organizations came in to deliver positive messages about things they are doing in the community. Annubis Productions has reestablished its commitment to using We Are Lebanon, Pa to reach the community with positive and uplifting messages.

Area Artist Spotlight

Local artist, Katie Trainer, is known in the Lebanon area for her creative and uplifting mural designs on windows and buildings. Katie’s “It Will Get Better” window mural in downtown Lebanon is receiving international attention. Visit her website katietrainer.com to learn more.

Art Exhibit Opportunity

Swatara Coffee Company is the latest addition to Downtown Annville’s Main Street. This specialty coffee shop and eatery will feature many of the same offerings as the original Swatara Coffee Company, located in Jonestown, PA.

The Annville location is seeking artists to feature each month. All artistic mediums are welcome. Artists will be invited to participate in a meet the artists night and the art display will be held in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk in Annville, PA.

The coffee shop is temporarily take-out only. During this time, Swatara Coffee Company is hoping to use the open space for an art installation or a 3-dimensional art exhibit. For further information send an email to annville@swataracoffee.com.

Check out Swatara Coffee Company at 104 West Main Street Annvile, PA.

Get Involved with LVCA

Support art in your community by coming out for the First Friday Art Walk. Art and music can be found at community venues in downtown Lebanon, Annville, and Mt. Gretna.

LVCA also has events, classes, and camps for all ages. Our events are always a fun and different experience. Give a class a try, even if it's outside of your comfort zone. And check out our summer camps for fun activities for the kids.

Please double check that your annual membership is up to date. Membership donations are an important part of keeping Lebanon’s art council up and running. Members are invited to display their art work during the annual members show in December.

Consider volunteering at one of our events. LVCA events are made possible by the dedicated volunteers from the LVCA board and member support.

A special thank you to our members for your continued support!

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Gallery 770 Boutique

Visit the Boutique on the second floor of the Art Council Building and stock up on art supplies, pictures, arts & crafts, gently used clothing and household goods. All proceeds go to support the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts.