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Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants now available to NEPA artists of all kinds, deadline is June 20

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants now available to NEPA artists of all kinds, deadline is June 20
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From a press release:

The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program, a regrant initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered in Northeastern Pennsylvania by the Pocono Arts Council in Stroudsburg, is now accepting applications for Project Stream grants for art projects in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties.

Arts-related and community-based nonprofit organizations or individual artists conducting arts programming open to the community in 2018 and 2019 are eligible for the grants and are encouraged to apply. Awards, not to exceed $2,500, will be made through a local decision-making process. A total of $46,867 in awards will be made in the five-county area. The work can be any genre – visual art, dance, theatre, music – and must be open to the public.

Applications are taken online via the Department of Community & Economic Development’s Electronic Single Application here, and the submission deadline is Wednesday, June 20. Project Stream application guidelines can be found here.

A series of face-to-face workshops are available for prospective applicants to meet with PPA Program Coordinator for Pocono Arts Council Tassy Gilbert to discuss the grant writing and application process for the PA Partners in the Arts Project Stream grants at the following locations:

Monroe County: Tuesday, May 22, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Pocono Arts Council (18 N. 7th St., Stroudsburg),

Pike County: Wednesday, May 23, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Fauchére Meeting Center (403 Broad St., Milford),

Lackawanna County: Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Electric City Trolley Museum (300 Cliff St., Scranton),

Luzerne County: Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, Hayden Tower at the Markle Building, Arcil Conference Room, (towards the rear stairs), Mezzanine Floor (8 W. Broad St., Hazleton),

Wayne County: Thursday, May 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., The Cooperage Project (1030 Main St., Honesdale),

Luzerne County: Wednesday, June 6, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., NEPA Alliance, Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (1151 Oak St., Pittston),

RSVP by e-mailing or calling 570-476-4460.

Founded in 1975 as the Monroe County Arts Council, the Pocono Arts Council (PoconoArts) is the oldest and most established local arts service organization in the Pocono region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It serves as a “Chamber of Commerce” or umbrella organization for artists and arts organizations in all disciplines, as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area.

Continued growth, support, and diversification of the region’s cultural community led PoconoArts to move to professional status and appoint a full-time executive director in 1992. Today, the council staff, along with a volunteer board and committee members, works diligently to promote the council as the region’s leading art service, education, and advocacy organization, serving Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties.

The mission of the Pocono Arts Council, a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is to build the community artistically and culturally by providing leadership, service, and education. Over the years, PoconoArts has originated and developed many services and programs that enrich the cultural atmosphere for artists, residents, and visitors to the Poconos. Its monthly newsletter has long been a source of information on cultural activities and opportunities. Other important services include county-wide public gallery spaces, students’ juried exhibition, annual members’ exhibition, studio classes, ArtSpace Gallery, cultural planning, arts advocacy, and technical assistance. Yearly events sponsored by the council include the Pocono State Craft Festival, Festival of Wood, Spring for the Arts, and Starving Artist Mac & Cheese Bake-Off.

Council membership has grown dramatically over the years. As the council grew, its achievements were recognized at both the national and state levels. In 1992, the council received an NEA salary support grant, which enabled it to move from volunteer and part-time status to full-time executive leadership. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts selected PoconoArts as one of four pilot sites for its Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program in 1997. Through this program, over $1,845,234 has been granted to grassroots organizations in a five-county region.