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The Arts are a Gift for Future Generations

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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In the world of education, where test scores are often valued above participation in the arts, we are losing sight of the fact that academic success depends on creative thinking.  According to pbs.org and a report by Americans for the Arts, “young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.” A Gallup study on entrepreneurship concluded creative thinking is the crucial trait shared among successful entrepreneurs.  Also reported on pbs.org, “A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts.”

If we know the arts are responsible for building future generations of creative thinkers (not to mention, happier people), shouldn’t we invest in that endeavor?

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

In 2014, at the Adams County Arts Council provided enriching arts experiences for:

  • 246 pre-K children, who will likely be better prepared to thrive in a school environment than peers who did not participate in such programs;
  • 299 summer campers, who developed their minds and bodies with movement classes, culinary classes, painting, textiles, clay and collage;
  • 174 high school and middle school students, who enjoyed after-school classes in the new Eat Smart – Play Hard program, which teaches the benefit of good nutrition with a creative twist;
    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening with Marie Betlyon Smith

    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening class

  • 1,558 students, who enjoyed artistic experiences with Artists-in-residence; and
  • 663 adults, who continued on a journey of lifelong learning through a variety of art classes.

Twenty-two percent of the children who took classes did so on a full scholarship, thanks to ACAC’s commitment to provide access to lower income families.

These gifts given to our community by the Adams County Arts Council are trends to build upon.  So we are asking you to please give back, and pass it on.

Give Back…And Pass it On
From December 16 – 18
, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

  1. Give Back.
    There are plenty of reasons to say thank you, and your gift helps ensure the continued creative spirit that thrives in our community.
  2. Pass It On.
    Share this article with everyone you know!  Use social media accounts, and email your entire address book.  The more engaged our community becomes, the more the arts will thrive. And the more the arts thrive, the richer all of our lives become.
  3. Stay Tuned. Watch and share our Facebook and Twitter posts from December 16-18, as we track the progress of the campaign.  The more you help share the news, the more successful we will all be! Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our email list (enter your email address in the upper right hand corner of this page).  Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year.
Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.

Enjoy this season of giving!

 

In the Spirit of Gratitude

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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grat·i·tude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.

Holiday traditions encourage us to take pause and to appreciate the many gifts we receive throughout our lives, so often taken for granted.

As you reflect on the things for which you are thankful this year, and make your list of gifts to give, please remember the organizations in our community that add so much to our lives, like the Adams County Arts Council.

Why should I be thankful for ACAC?
In 2014, ACAC provided our community with educational opportunities like camps, classes and brown bag lunch seminars.  Artists-in-residence shared their expertise providing creative experiences for over 1,500 students. There were social opportunities like the Masquerade Ball, the summer fiesta and Tea with Mamie. There were exhibits throughout the year, both at the Center and throughout the community in places like the Farmer’s Market and Hauser’s Winery, as well as a Juried Art Exhibition at Schmucker Hall, which attracted more than 100 artists.  There were community partnerships like the AOK summer musical, Tarzan, and the evening with scholar and retired  Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, whose Lincoln stories were coupled with a lovely culinary experience, thanks to a partnership with Wendy Allen of Lincoln into Art.

2014 was a year of giving for the Adams County Arts Council, which is constantly evolving with new ways to cultivate an arts-rich community.

From December 16 – 18, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

Give Back…And Pass It On.
Acknowledging the treasury the arts provides to our community, can you give a gift back to the arts this time of year? It’s simple to ensure that the arts will continue to thrive in Adams County for years to come: just give back, and pass it on. Both steps are important, and we appreciate your support.

1. Give back.
Beginning tomorrow, and continuing through Thursday, ACAC is hosting a special online fundraising event. Make your gift of $50, $100, $250 or in any amount you have to give by clicking here. We are hoping to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, but we need your help!

2. Pass it on.
Share the gift of giving with your friends through your social media accounts or by email. Passing this post on to as many people as possible will build our creative community, ensuring future success.  Click the icons below and share, share, share!

3. Stay tuned. If you haven’t already subscribed, please sign up to receive emails from ACAC (Enter your email address at the top of this page, on the right.) Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year. And watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as we update progress of this fantastic online event!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.
Enjoy this season of giving!

3rdThursdaynoon: Elsie Singmaster Society

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

brown-bag-lunchThe Adams County Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, 3rdThursdaynoon, continues on Thursday, December 18 at 12 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg with featured guests, Sue Hill and Carolyn George, members of Gettysburg’s newly formed Elsie Singmaster Society, who will present Elsie Singmaster’s Stories to Read at Christmas. There is no admission charge for this hour-long program.

A Gettysburg resident from 1901-1958, Elsie Singmaster (1879-1958) was a nationally recognized author whose fictional topics included the Pennsylvania Germans and the Battle of Gettysburg.  She was once called “Gettysburg’s First Lady” by town contemporaries because of her achievements and her leadership participation in the Gettysburg community. Happily, local residents have recently rediscovered Singmaster whose significant literary work and public legacy were nearly forgotten. Singmaster won an O. Henry Award for her Pennsylvania German short story, “The Courier of the Czar” (“Saturday Evening Post,” June 7, 1924) and a Newberry Award Honor Book recognition for her Gettysburg novel, Swords of Steel (Houghton Mifflin, 1934). Stories to Read at Christmas (Houghton Mifflin, 1940) is a collection of Singmaster Christmas stories published to read aloud during the holiday season. Susan Hill and Carolyn George will each read a story from this collection.

Susan Hill is the author of Heart Language: Elsie Singmaster and Her Pennsylvania German Writings (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).  Carolyn George is a long-time Adams County resident whose appreciation of her adopted home’s history is being greatly enriched by Elsie Singmaster’s writings.

The 3rdThursdaynoon series will take a winter hiatus with no programs in January or February and will resume on March 19.

For more information about Arts Council classes, programs, or membership, visit www.adamsarts.org, or call (717) 334-5006.

Give from the heART this holiday season

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

It’s less than two weeks until Christmas and the ACAC can help you complete your gift-giving, with style! Here are 3 ways you can give from the heART:

 

1. “Buy local” at the ACAC’s Holiday Show

Holiday ShowHundreds of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items are currently on display at the Arts Education Center, 125 S Washington Street.  What better way to “buy local” and find gifts with local flavor that also fill the gaps in your gift-giving lists. Your purchase not only supports the ACAC, but also benefits local artists and craftspeople. And, aren’t one-of-a-kind gifts the best option for the most treasured people in your life?

(Click here for more Holiday Show info)

2. Gift a gift with “class”

Give the gift of a yoga class!

Give the gift of a yoga class!

While you’re visiting the ACAC, check out our upcoming class and workshop schedule. Why not pre-pay for a friend or loved one to take a gourmet cooking class, a stained-glass workshop, or have fun at a paint & wine night? Better yet, sign up yourself so you can take the class together in the new year. Some of the best gifts are often experiences rather than things.  And the arts are a gift that keep on giving—once a skill has been learned or an experience is had, it is forever in our hearts.

Not sure which class your friends/family members would enjoy? Give them a gift certificate to the ACAC instead. Nationally, gift cards are the most requested holiday gift item for the eighth year in a row. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person purchasing gift cards during the 2014 holiday season is projected to spend $172.74. The ACAC makes it easy to follow this trend!

3. Take care of “the person who has everything”

arts are a giftMake a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit Adams County Arts Council in honor of your special someone.  Your $50 donation is a gift not only honoring the person you love, but it continues giving to people of all ages who will have access to more art and beauty in their lives thanks to your gift.

Donate $50 or more during December 16-18, and watch the progress of our Give Back-Pass It On campaign on Facebook and Twitter.  Donors will be recognized on the blog and with a special holiday email greeting following the campaign.  Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more info!

Enjoy giving from the heART this holiday season… and sharing the gift of the ARTS!

Mary Luquette: Art is the “Key” to Life

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

“Art has brought healing to my life. But it’s not only about that. To put art ‘out there’… it’s fantastic to have others benefit from viewing it and learning about my story.”

Mary Luquette of Gettysburg believes art truly saved her life. It’s the “key” to her story…

Mary Luquette (Photo Credit: Karen Hendricks)

Mary Luquette (Photo Credit: Karen Hendricks)

“Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer but my parents said ‘no—be practical,’” she explains. “I always sewed, always had an interest in art and fiber, and although it wasn’t the focus of my career, I got into quilting.”

Mary Luquette 4She says quilting and fiber arts came naturally to her. “I have always felt as though I ‘know colors’ and can put different colors and fabrics together.”

But woven into the fabric of her adult life, were the tragic deaths of five family members including her husband.

“Life didn’t make sense, so it didn’t make sense to continue quilting,” Luquette says. “But creating fiber art as a form of expression brought tremendous healing.”

“I was surprised that I was also successful. I was seeing a counselor for the grief and she asked if I was going to keep them (the fiber artwork) under my bed forever. So I started showing and selling them.”

Mary Luquette 1The first art exhibition she entered was the Adams County Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Juried Arts Exhibition in 2005 and Luquette was awarded the prestigious “Best of Show.”

“It was an amazing feeling,” Luquette says. “Fiber art is more accepted today as ‘real’ art. But (nearly 10 years ago, in 2005,) I expected a painting or sculpture to win.”

That first award was a validation of her artistic talent; simultaneously, Luquette was also winning awards for her athletic ability. Running had become another outlet for her pain, and she became a successful triathlon and marathon competitor.

Even though Luquette had quickly become an award-winning artist, she realized two important things: “I wish art could pay the bills, but it’s very tough to make it financially as an artist,” she explains. In her ‘day job,’ Luquette works with autistic children.

Mary Luquette 6Secondly, she realized that she needed to deepen her artistic skills through classes at the arts council.

“I decided I wanted to study the basics because I never really considered myself a ‘real’ artist. I thought it was important to learn the basics—color and form.”

Luquette signed up for drawing, photography and painting classes, and is currently in her third series of drawing classes with Sara Little. “I think every teacher here at the arts council is very passionate about their subject. With Sara, I love her honesty—she’s very critical and she will give you feedback on how to fix your drawings.”

Mary Luquette 5She encourages others to take advantage of the wide range of classes available at the arts council. “My advice is to sign up,” she says. “People who say ‘I can’t’… all they need to do is practice. I don’t say ‘I can’t draw.’ Instead, I say ‘I don’t practice enough.’ That’s all it is.”

“You can’t expect to draw like DaVinci. Just like you can’t expect to run a 5K right away. You start walking and before you know it you’ll be running. I learned how to swim at the age of 60. I’m open to learning new skills. Everyone can learn–it provides an outlet. Some aspect of art is important to express who you are.”

Mary Luquette 3Luquette has taken numerous fiber art classes including week-long sessions in New York state. She estimates that she’s created hundreds of collage and/or fabric art pieces by now.

“Last year my sister died of Alzheimer’s Disease at age 54. I’m inspired to continue creating, by life events,” she says. “The arts are a great way to express things when we can’t verbalize them.”

You could say that art is the key that unlocked her ability to cope with life’s ups and downs… a defining statement from Luquette, especially considering the meaning of “Luquette,” a Canadian/French surname that refers to the occupation of a locksmith.

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To check the ACAC’s list of current classes, click here

To contact Mary Luquette, click here for her email address

To learn more about her story, click here for JourneyThroughGrief.com

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ANNOUNCING: “GLITTER & GLUE” IS COMING TO THE ACAC

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

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Glitter and glue… sounds like the makings of a fun afterschool program resulting in sticky fingers and colorful sprinkles of glitter covering the floor.

But no! Glitter & Glue is an event designed for adults—parents and grandparents alike—and we promise there will be no sticky fingers involved.

Glitter & Glue is the title of an exciting new book released by author Kelly Corrigan. It’s receiving rave reviews, so we are thrilled and honored to snag this incredibly-talented author for an appearance during her upcoming book tour!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Here are all the juicy details:

Enjoy an evening with New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm including a lively author presentation, wine and hors oeuvres, live music by local jazz group Pomona’s Trio, and much more.

Your paperback copy of Corrigan’s latest book Glitter and Glue is included in your $35 ticket. Corrigan, a Pennsylvania native, examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters in Glitter and Glue. “This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

Location: the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street.

A limited number of VIP registrations are available for $50 including preferred seating and placement at the head of the line to meet Corrigan and have your book personally signed.

Register: 717-334-5006 or www.adamsarts.org. Proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Just a little more “glitter” in the form of book reviews:

trade paperback cover“Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart…[here] Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother…And through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her.” —O Magazine

“Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.”—People

“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching.  It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment.  I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother— along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of The Signature of All Things

March 20 – Save the date & hope to see you there! 

For more info and background: Click here for Kelly Corrigan’s website

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