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ABCs of the Arts: An Interview with Wendy Heiges

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Lisa Cadigan

by Elle Lamboy

Photo by Autumn Kern

Meet Wendy Heiges, Program and Gallery Director at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC). Her dedication and passion not only for the arts but also for the students who benefit from arts programming are inspiring.

This week, we are raising funds for our Arts Benefit Children (ABC) scholarship fund. All proceeds from the ABC campaign help Wendy and other dedicated staff and volunteers continue to instill the gift of art in the Gettysburg community. Your contribution provides scholarships for children who may not otherwise be able to attend arts camps and classes.

We’re happy to share this interview with Wendy here.

Question: You started with ACAC first as a volunteer, then joined the executive board and became co-coordinator of classes held at the Imagination Station on Carlisle St., and then you moved to your current staff position when ACAC moved to the Arts Education Center seven years ago. What have been your fondest memories/greatest accomplishments?

Wendy: I’m grateful to have had a chance to work with and promote outstanding artist/instructors in our community and to contribute, as the Program & Gallery Director of the ACAC, to the growth and sustainability of the arts through public classes and gallery events over the past 10 years.

Question: Why should someone support the ACAC’s ABC campaign?

Wendy: Investing time and money through art enrichment programs for children allows them to keep a school mindset during summer downtime, as well as cultivate and enrich their mind, social skills, boost their math and science skills, and dream time. Studies show that there is a community need for after-school and summer camp programs which help children thrive. The ACAC’s summer camps provide hands-on art enrichment opportunities in an encouraging, small classroom environment with professional instruction.

Question: Why are the arts important to you?

Wendy: The arts help my sense of well-being flourish, give me purpose, and add beauty and value to my everyday life.

Question: What do the arts do to enhance a community?

Wendy: The arts transcend age, gender, socio-economic background, and experience. When a person picks up a paint brush, handles a mound of clay, sings a song, dances, or takes a picture, their world for that moment is magical, and the possibilities seem boundless. The arts contribute to a vibrant community by encouraging diversity and by giving anyone who would like to shine a chance and a place to do so.

Question: Why should someone take a class at the ACAC at any age?

Wendy: I believe the classes at the ACAC are developed to provide the opportunity for anyone who would like to learn a creative skill in a comfortable and welcoming environment to do so. Cultivating your inner artist makes whatever else you do better. You feel better, and when you feel better, you approach other tasks at hand with a new sense of joy and purpose. You don’t have to be a professional artist to reap the benefits of the arts. Take a class at the Arts Education Center and see where it takes you!

Donate now to the ABC Campaign! Your donation provides scholarships for children who may not otherwise be able to attend arts camps and classes.

Celebrating with Music Day and Singing Our ABC’s

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Lisa Cadigan

On Saturday, April 7, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary and kicked off our annual ABC campaign with Music Day. The day was a huge success. At least 125 people attended a variety of events throughout the day. We are pleased to share some photos from the day here, and also to ask you to consider a $25 donation to celebrate our 25 years. Your contribution provides scholarship funds to children who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend an arts class or camp.

We will be collecting ABC donations through Friday, April 13, so please click here to donate online, mail or stop by 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, with your donation, and share this post with your friends and family on social media. It’s as easy as A-B-C.

Music Day was a fun-filled family day that began with a Music Together class, led by Event Co-chair Lisa Cadigan. Following that class, participants attended an instrument petting zoo, led by students from Gettysburg College’s Music Education program.

Gettysburg College Music Education student Liz DeVito teaches a Music Day attendee how to make a clear sound with the flute.
Photo by Lisa Cadigan

There were performances by local music students from the studios of Event Co-chair Adam Cordle, Duane Botterbusch, Tim Foster, Carrie Trax, and Natalie Raymond.

Voice Teacher Carrie Trax accompanies her student Hailey Brownley during the Community Studio Showcase.
Photo by Lisa Cadigan

Gettysburg College students also led participants in the music of the Balinese Gamelan.

Gettysburg College student Brittany Barry teaches a student how to play in the Gamelan.
Photo by J. Decker photography

Following the Gamelan, participants moved over to the dance studio, where they could borrow a ukulele (or bring their own) and play and sing along to popular songs like “You Are My Sunshine,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Dust in the Wind” in a ukulele circle led by John Dufendach and Joyce Ettenger of the Cool Hand Ukes.

Ukulele Circle presenter John Dufendach of Cool Hand Ukes shows a student how to finger a chord on the ukulele.
Photo by J. Decker Photography

The day culminated with an “If Music Be the Food…” concert to support the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, featuring the GKS Trio (from the studio of Adam Cordle), Adam Paul Cordle (viola), and Pomona’s Trio.

GKS Trio opens the If Music Be the Food Concert at Music Day.
Photo by Ellen Cadigan

The purpose of the day was to engage community in a celebration of the ACAC that not only allowed attendees to hear great music, but invited them to make music as well.

Finally, a huge thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom this day would not have been possible:

Marty Qually: “Find Your Niche”

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by Lisa Cadigan

Article by Elle Lamboy and Karen Hendricks

This spring, we turn to a number of community leaders to explain how the arts intersect with their work. This series is leading up to the “ABC 50/50” campaign set for April 26-28: Look for exciting details to come regarding Arts Benefit Children (ABC)!

Marty Qually

Today’s article is the second in this community-based series, featuring Marty Qually, who serves as one of 3 Adams County Commissioners.

Politics and the arts rarely mix—especially in the current Presidential campaign climate!

But, that’s what makes Adams County’s only Democratic Commissioner, Marty Qually, unique.

Marty was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2011 and is now serving his second term.

According to the county’s website, prior to becoming a County Commissioner, Commissioner Qually was an Adams County Auditor. With his background as Auditor, much of his focus as a Commissioner has been and continues to be promoting projects that are both fiscally responsible and sustainable. Commissioner Qually also serves on a number of boards including the Adams County Economic Development Corporation and regularly attends community meetings focused on quality of life, economic sustainability, and rural concerns throughout the County.

The Commissioner is a “strong advocate for the arts.” While he confesses he, “couldn’t draw a straight line” as a child, he started exploring various art forms after college. When he was introduced to the art of dreamcatchers, he discovered his niche. Crafting his dream catchers and developing his own personal style encouraged Marty to create his own hand-blown glass beads. Through this creative process, he discovered his inner artist and found his first creative outlet as an adult. When asked how others can find their creative outlet he suggests, “Try lots of different creative things until you find your own niche.”

As Commissioner Qually’s experience shows, art doesn’t always come naturally but it’s important to keep exploring until you discover the area of art that clicks with you personally. Commissioner Qually didn’t start out in the arts field, but through exploring several art forms, he found something that allowed him to create beautiful things and express his creativity. As the Commissioner observes, “art adds beauty to our world and we all need a little beauty in our lives.”

The summer camps and classes at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) are the perfect launching pad for “finding your niche” as an artist. Many of the individuals at the camps are trying an art form for the first time; and all of the instructors embrace both novice and expert arts alike. With over 30 camps and classes at affordable price points, taking a summer class often ignites the inspiration to unlock one’s inner artist. From cooking classes and wine tastings, to writing workshops and computer lessons, to pottery and painting, the ACAC has something for all ages and levels of interest.

Commissioner Qually is a huge supporter of the camps and saw a creative awakening in his son through the camp experience. His son, “attended several pottery camps at ACAC and realized he has a gift and passion for sculpting.” The best part about his son’s experience, Qually continues, is that his son “learned to be creative for its own rewards and not for others’ approval. His artwork is an outlet for him.”

Above all, Commissioner Qually feels his affinity for the arts has helped him be a more creative diplomat, sharing, “As a public servant, I think of the county as a canvas and there are 100,000 people with paintbrushes. My job is to help all of them paint this county into something better than it was.”

We hope you join us online, to transform and enrich the lives of area children, April 26-28, for ABC: 50/50 (Arts Benefit Children). This is the 3rd annual ABC event, which has proven to be a successful event with great community support for which we (and many area families) are extremely thankful. It has also proven to be an essential event, supporting scholarships that have allowed dozens of area children to attend summer arts camps as well as arts classes throughout the year. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming 2016 event!

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