Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County, PA

TODAY’S THE DAY!

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

 

I am a believer that all of our choices – big and small – have an impact beyond our wildest imaginings.  A kind word you share today can change the tenor of a stranger’s day; holding a door open for someone can restore his faith in humanity, even if only for a moment. Grocery shopping at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. can be the difference between bumping into an old friend or getting the last of the fresh strawberries. Each tiny decision (and there are thousands of them we make each day) has the potential for a ripple effect into the future.

When I was in high school, my dad took me on a road trip to tour colleges.  I was pretty sure I wanted to go to the University of Maryland at College Park – it was my dad’s alma mater, and the charm of the “south” with its beautiful campuses appealed to me (I am from NJ, so Maryland is “south”).  From College Park, we headed further south to check out the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia.  Our plan was to head home from Charlottesville, but when we found ourselves on a two-lane highway in the lovely rolling hills of Virginia, we realized we had missed an exit or made a wrong turn somewhere. Looking at the map, taking I-81 home made more sense than trying to work our way back to the I-95 corridor, so we re-routed our trip.  When we started seeing signs for James Madison University, we detoured to stretch our legs and check it out. I had never heard of JMU, and was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the beautiful campus and talk to some folks in the theatre department.  We picked up an application on a whim and continued home.

I applied to three of the four schools we visited that weekend, including JMU, but I was still fairly set on going to College Park. However, when the acceptance letter came from JMU, my trajectory changed in a split second. I am not sure why.  Maybe the pretty bluestone buildings appealed to my aesthetic sensibilities.  Maybe it was the appeal of a theatre department that boasted several student-produced productions each year.  Whatever it was, I decided to go to JMU instead of U of MD.  My life changed because my dad and I turned left when we were supposed to turn right. (Side note: I met my husband at JMU. There are also two children who exist in the world because my dad and I got lost.)

We aren’t always conscious of the impact small choices make in our lives or the lives of others, but there are times when we have an opportunity to make those choices knowingly.

Today is a day like that.

Today, you have an opportunity to click a few buttons and change lives.  Today you can share this post with your friends and family and donate a small amount towards an art-scholarship for a child.  The children who receive these scholarships would not otherwise be able to participate in the summer camps and classes offered by the Adams County Arts Council.

Where would that dollar, or five dollars, or ten dollars burning a hole in your pocket go if you didn’t send it to ACAC?  Maybe it would go toward an extra cup of coffee late in the afternoon, which would in turn, keep you up at night and make you grumpy tomorrow and more likely to yell at your kids.  Maybe it would go towards a pack of gum that somehow ends up chewed and stuck to the rug in your car.

OR…

You can send it the Adams County Arts Council, and know that your pocket change can make our community better by strengthening and enriching its youngest citizens.  Your few dollars and clicks could be the turning point that determines where a child in our community decides to go to college later.  It could be the miniscule thing that makes it possible for the next Ansel Adams or Georgia O’Keefe to discover his or her talent.  At the very least it could be the opportunity for two siblings to find something in common that they like to do together, building family connections.  Your pocket change has infinite possibility today.

How can you get involved?  It’s as easy as A-B-C:

A.  Click here: https://adamsarts.org/sponsorship
Donate $10.  Don’t have $10 to spare?  Donate $5. Or $1.  Every dollar counts – a click and a dollar or two makes a difference with unlimited potential.

B.  Share this story with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email, and encourage them to play along and donate, too.

C.  Watch our progress on the blog and social media over the next 48 hours as we strive to meet our goal of $4,800 in 48 hours.  We’re hoping to reach 480 people who will donate $10 each.

“Sometimes the little opportunities that fly at us each day can have the biggest impact.” –Danny Wallace


 

 

Meet Mira and Avery

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

Regardless of whether one child is the next Van Gogh or whether she just likes to draw stick people, offering children artistic opportunities serves two purposes:

  1. A child is given the opportunity to find a medium for self-expression.
  2. A child is exposed to creative ways people can connect with each other.

The result is people who practice the arts, and people who appreciate them.

Mira's birdhouse from "Dirty Hands Pottery," summer 2013

Mira’s birdhouse from “Dirty Hands Pottery,” summer 2013

Mira is seven, and she loves art.  She is also very good at it.  Last year, thanks to a scholarship awarded through the Adams County Arts Council, she and her brother Avery participated in Jack Handshaw’s “Dirty Hands Pottery” camp and Sara Little’s “Magic Art Time Machine” camp.  Their mother Heidi expressed her gratitude, as she would not have been able to send both kids to camp without the scholarship, which provided a unique opportunity for the siblings to participate in an activity together.  Upon completion of the “Magic Art Time Machine” camp, Sara Little, having seen something promising in Mira’s work, offered Mira private lessons. Mira also won a coloring contest at school and an award for a painted Christmas ornament through the Hanover Area Arts Guild.  Keeping budding artists like Mira involved in art is important.

Avery learns about Edvard Monk's "The Scream" in Sara Little's camp, summer 2013

Avery learns about Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” in Sara Little’s “Magic Art Time Machine” camp, summer 2013

Avery is pretty good at art, too, but more importantly, he loved camp. Heidi confides that Avery usually wouldn’t choose art as “his thing,” but the camps provided exposure to activities he had never tried before, and he enthusiastically produced some impressive work.  He learned about artists like Edvard Munch and his famous painting, “The Scream;” he made a birdhouse; he and his sister shared their versions of the same subjects, a flower and the tree of life – each reflecting a unique interpretation.  Keeping art-enthusiasts like Avery excited about art is also important.

Avery's flower

Avery’s flower

As human beings, we accomplish nothing without creativity.  Whether is it picking out something to wear in the morning, or assessing the quality of your morning coffee by the perfect tint, determined by just the right amount of creamer; whether it is how you will approach a difficult conversation, or how you will let a loved one know you are thinking of her on her birthday; whether it is what you will cook for dinner, or the restaurant you choose if you don’t want to cook – every decision requires a creative impulse.  Our ability to make decisions beneficial to ourselves and to the people around us is largely dependent on our experiences.  Offering a variety of creative experiences to young people promises a future generation with tools to build a rich quality of life.

Mira's flower

Mira’s flower

Beginning May 20 through the 22nd, you will have the opportunity to help children in our community experience not only a rich summer, but also plant the seeds for future creative impulses.

What is your creative impulse telling you to do right now?  I bet it’s telling you to share this post with your friends – go ahead and swirl your mouse with a flourish to the “share” button.  Mark your calendar for our online event May 20-22 (will you draw a star or a heart on the calendar square?).  We are hoping to raise $4,800 in 48 hours for kids like Mira and Avery.  We hope you’ll join the celebration.

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The A, B, C’s of Arts Education

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

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School is almost out, but here at the Arts Council we are gearing up for a new kind of “A,B, C’s.”

The Arts Benefit Children (ABC) is an online fundraising event, set for May 20-22, to raise critical funds for summer camp and class scholarships–to benefit disadvantaged youth.

Why is arts education so important?

Consider these facts from the non-profit organization Americans for the Arts:

  • Arts education “makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries.”
  • Arts education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • And arts education can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning.

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often

How can you contribute to arts education for the youth of Adams County? It’s as easy as A-B-C:

A. Starting at 8 a.m. on May 20, visit https://adamsarts.org/sponsorship and make your donation.  If just 480 people donate $10 each, we will meet our goal.  Every dollar counts!

B. Share and tweet this information with your friends on all of your social networks.  We will be sharing blog posts and stories leading up to the event, so there will be many opportunities to help us spread the word and invite your friends to participate.

C. Be sure to watch our progress online!  We will update ACAC’s sponsorship page and social media outlets regularly throughout the 48-hour period to let you know how we’re doing.  The event begins at 8 AM on May 20, and ends at 8 AM on May 22.  Don’t miss out on this amazing and fun opportunity to help a child access the arts.

July 12: SAVE THE DATE!

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by Charlotte Scheper

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The 3rd annual CenturyLink Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQ2 returns!

WHEN?  Saturday July 12, 12-6pm

WHERE?  Gateway Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA, Routes 15 & 30

Brews! Music! Entertainment! Games! Food!

After our long winter, do you long to be outside in the warm weather, eating good food with good people? If so, make sure to mark the Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQ2 on your calendar!

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BBQ is an American summertime staple. But for a lot of folks, BBQ is a serious business. The CenturyLink Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQs will be sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, hailing from a city where BBQ dates back to the 19th century. This delicious food can be prepared a variety of ways, creating a diverse selection of BBQ styles. Most importantly, it is cooked in abundance, allowing for large gatherings of friends, family, and hungry townsfolk!

But the July 12 event offers much more than BBQ: be sure to enjoy samples at designated times throughout the day of chili, wings, ribs, and BBQ from championship BBQ teams, restaurants, backyarders and fire companies. Listen to great music, play games, and immerse yourself in the summer atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind Gettysburg event!

Proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community. The ACAC has been benefitting the community since 1993, enriching the lives of thousands of students and adults. The ACAC offers 20 programs and 120 classes a year, ensuring that the arts remain active in the blossoming 21st century. This year, BBQ is powering our programs – the July 12 event is designed to be one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.

Tickets on sale May 1:
$7 in advance — $10 at gate
Available through Adams County Arts Council, 125 S Washington St, Gettysburg [717-334-5006]

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Hot Links:
Interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for the application
Fancy yourself a competitive barbecue backyarder? Click here to apply
Are you a KCBS registered team? Click here for details
Do you make a mean pot of firehouse chili? Area fire companies can click here to join the chili competition

Charlotte Scheper is a student at Gettysburg College and a spring 2014 intern at the Adams County Arts Council. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Charlotte is an Arts & Media major, interested in creative visual arts such as graphic design, photography, and film. Her favorite things about BBQs are baby back ribs, corn on the cob, and being with friends!

Once upon a time…

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

Arts Benefit Children - An Online Event - May 20-22Once upon a time, there was a middle-aged woman.  Every Monday, she woke up, made coffee, woke her children, made breakfast, nagged at them to brush their teeth and put on their shoes, and then drove them to school to start their day.  She continued on to her workplace, where she usually spent the first ten to fifteen minutes of her day checking email and perusing Facebook; a comforting routine to ease herself from the role of mother to the role of employee, ready to tackle the tasks on her to-do list.

One day, as she sat at her computer, a beautiful, brightly colored-image danced across her Facebook newsfeed.  “Arts Benefit Children!” it said.  “Well, of course the arts benefit children,” she thought to herself, and so she clicked. Here is what she read:

Postcard-web“SAVE THE DATE!  On May 20-22, you will have an opportunity to help the Adams County Arts Council raise $4,800 in 48 hours!  We are harnessing the power of the internet to reach out to thousands of people, who can change the lives of children and make the world a better place with just the click of a button!”

“Hmmm…I’m a little skeptical,” she thought to herself.  But she read on.  It turned out that an old friend of hers was involved in the fundraiser, and had posted the colorful image.  She clicked the “donate” button, sent in ten dollars, and then shared the link on her Facebook page, in an attempt to reconnect with her friend.  Her donation surprisingly brought on the sense that she had already accomplished something helpful and important that day, and it was only 8:45 a.m.  “Huh,” she thought. “Simple mouse-clicks do have the capability of affecting people.  But why would anyone want to donate to an organization with which they may not have a personal connection?”

The answer came to her surprisingly quickly.  She suddenly remembered a painting class she took as a third grader.  She had just moved to a new city and school where she hadn’t yet made friends.  She was lonely and worried she would never adjust.  At the beginning of the class, she couldn’t think of anything to paint, so she decided she would just choose colors to paint “lonely.”  The result was a beautiful painting in blues and greens, and her teacher shared it with the rest of the class.  At the end of class, another student approached her and told her how much she liked the painting.  The girl was still her friend thirty years later.  Art had changed her life in that moment.

A man in another state, who knew the woman in college, saw the brightly colored image pop up in his newsfeed.  Seeing her name attached to the post unexpectedly flooded him with college memories. He recalled a meeting with his freshman advisor, who told him he was required to take an art class.  “I don’t want to take an art class,” he had thought at the time. “I’m a mathematician, not an artist.”  But his advisor explained that the art class was a requirement for graduation.  So he decided on an acting class.  He realized he had been using principles from the class every day in his classroom as a math teacher. Thanks to that acting class, he was comfortable in front of a crowd and better able to read the faces of his students.  Not to mention, he met his wife in that acting class.

He called his wife, and nostalgically recounted the memory of their meeting place, telling her about the post on Facebook.  “I am sharing it with you right now,” he said.  “You should share it with your artsy-friends and donate a dollar or two.”  She laughed, because she and her husband often playfully debated the differences in their educations; his was much more math and science-based, while she had been a music major with a minor in English.  They were both highly intelligent people, and both were teachers now, touching the lives of future generations with skills polished at least partially, if not entirely, by their experiences with art.

She shared the Facebook post, too, and donated five dollars.  As she read the stories across shared posts, she was deeply touched.  She had been the recipient of a music scholarship in the fourth grade that allowed her to take violin lessons.  Her family could not afford the instrument rental without that scholarship, and if she had not taken those lessons, she would never have tapped into the musical part of herself that filled her heart and life so significantly.  She realized the scholarship was the reason she taught elementary orchestra now.  She tweeted and emailed the fundraiser information to all of her colleagues.

This is how it works. 

Every day, we connect with people, and the common source of our human connection is creativity.   Whether it is telling a joke, watching a movie, writing a business memo, or writing a novel, the source of human connection requires a creative thought and a medium through which it can be expressed.

In the coming weeks, we will share real stories of kids who have benefitted from scholarships. You can be part of giving them the tools to creatively contribute to their relationships, careers and to the quality of life in our communities.

Do you have an art story?  Will you share it, along with this invitation to help others write theirs?

If just 480 people donate $10 each, we can offer scholarships to more than thirty disadvantaged young people.  We can unleash the creative potential in children who may not otherwise be able to tap into such a venue.

Don’t have $10 to spare?  Donate just $5.  Or $1.  Every dollar counts – a click and a dollar or two makes a difference with unlimited potential connections

How can you get involved?  It’s as easy as A-B-C:

A. Visit our donation page between May 20 and 22nd
https://adamsarts.org/sponsorship
Donate a dollar.  Or $5.  Or $10.  Or more, if you feel so inspired.  But know that every dollar counts.

B. Share this story with your friends, and encourage them to play along and donate, too.

C. Come back to the blog to hear stories about past scholarship recipients who have enjoyed classes and camps here, and track our progress.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Lisa Cadigan is a director on the Adams County Arts Council’s board and the chair of ACAC’s Marketing & Development Committee. She is also the sole proprietor of Cadigan Creative, where she offers graphic design and marketing services.  You can  find out more about Lisa on the Cadigan Creative website, and see samples of her writing on her blog, Daily Presents.

Karen Hendricks is a volunteer on the Adams County Arts Council’s marketing and development committee and the owner/president of Hendricks Communications, LLC.  Karen demonstrates a love of writing and communicating in all she does; it’s the common thread linking all of her current and past experiences.  Her communications firm provides compelling public relations and marketing services to a select but varied group of clients. You can find out more about Karen on the Hendricks Communications website and see additional samples of her writing on her blog, Off the Merry-Go-Round.

Welcome to the Adams County Arts Council Blog

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

By Lisa Cadigan and Karen Hendricks

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We are thrilled to introduce the Adams County Arts Council’s newest creative endeavor—this blog!  Here you will find a variety of articles ranging from ACAC event announcements, news, features on local artists, and creative stories to inspire our membership. Come back often to go behind-the-scenes with the ACAC.

Do you have an idea for a story that may interest the ACAC community? 
Submit it to one of our co-curators, board member Lisa Cadigan or marketing committee volunteer Karen Hendricks.

Subscribe to get posts delivered directly to your email account as they are published.  You can also follow the blog through our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

We look forward to sharing stories about The Adams County Arts Council and developing a more interactive relationship with you.  Please “like,” share and comment on the stories that touch you the most.

Creatively yours,

lisaandkaren

 

 

 

 

Lisa Cadigan is a director on the Adams County Arts Council’s board and the chair of ACAC’s Marketing & Development Committee. She is also the sole proprietor of Cadigan Creative, where she offers graphic design and marketing services.  You can  find out more about Lisa on the Cadigan Creative website, and see samples of her writing on her blog, Daily Presents.

Karen Hendricks is a volunteer on the Adams County Arts Council’s marketing and development committee and the owner/president of Hendricks Communications, LLC.  Karen demonstrates a love of writing and communicating in all she does; it’s the common thread linking all of her current and past experiences.  Her communications firm provides compelling public relations and marketing services to a select but varied group of clients. You can find out more about Karen on the Hendricks Communications website and see additional samples of her writing on her blog, Off the Merry-Go-Round.

Wendy Heiges, Bert Danielson & Marie Smith – You Gotta Have Art

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by acac

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Check out the latest edition of “You Gotta Have Art”… featuring Marie Smith & Bert Danielson.

March Edition of You Gotta Have Art

 

 

ACAC Newsletter… check your mailboxes this week!

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by acac

Check out our latest Edition of our printed newsletter… ACAC March 2014 Newsletter

Latest News… 3.6.2014

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by acac

Social Media

We’re excited to connect with our members, friends, and new audiences via social media!  Come tweet with us, on our new Twitter account, @AdamsCoArts and follow our pins on Pinterest, @AdamsCoArts.  If you haven’t friended us on Facebook yet, become a fan today!  (Simply search for Adams County Arts Council to find us.)

Calling Volunteers

We need volunteers for the Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges class on Saturday morning, March 22nd at the center. Please email aa@adamsarts.org if you can help!

ACAC & Gettysburg Fest

Artists and crafters – Get free space at Gettysburg Fest, another benefit of your membership. The Arts Council and Gettysburg Fest have teamed up to offer you a free 10 x 10 space ($100 value) to sell your work at the 2014 Fest’s Art marketplace and Bazaar on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, on the Gettysburg College campus. If you’re a current ACAC member who’d like to take advantage of this free offer, please request an application by calling 334-0853 or contacting info@gettysburgfestival.org

Advertise in epress

Your company’s latest   products or services will be seen by over 900 Arts Council members and   friends when you advertise in our monthly newsletter. Your company   name will appear under our e-press banner for the month and you will also receive space approximately the size of this box.  For more information and to   reserve your space for $100, please contact the office by calling   334-5006 or aa@adamsarts.org. We reserve the right to  accept or decline any ad copy we receive.

PR and Marketing Committee Being Formed

Board Member Lisa Cadigan is forming a PR and marketing committee that will expand beyond the bounds of what we have done in the past.  Here is a great opportunity for those of you who enjoy writing, blogging and reaching out to nationally known companies. If interested, please contact Lisa at 301-646-0214 or lisa@cadigancreative.com

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