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Grants Available for Penn Street Arts Projects and Programs

Feb 07, 2017 • by Berks County Community Foundation
Genesius Theatre staged downtown musicals in 2015 and 2016 through the Penn Street Arts Grant program of Berks County Community Foundation.

READING, PA – The Penn Street Arts Grant program of Berks County Community Foundation has funding available for programs and projects that will bring the arts to the public in downtown Reading.

In 2014, the Community Foundation’s board of directors agreed to allocate $50,000 a year for five years to support arts programming on Penn Street in the area designated as part of the city’s official Main Street program.

This program — coupled with Community Foundation funding for other projects, such as the Downtown Alive free concert series and the Fire + Ice Fest — are part of a strategy intended to enliven downtown Reading, explained Kevin K. Murphy, Community Foundation president.

The Penn Street Arts Grant Program is funded by the Berks County Arts Fund, which was created by the Community Foundation to encourage local residents to support the arts in Berks County through donations.

Grants from the fund will support programs by established arts organizations that will bring the arts to the Main Street area. Programs may include performances, exhibits, interactive activities or other creative ideas that bring art “out of the establishment” and to the residents of our community.

The arts program will give preference to grant applications for activity on Penn Street, though arts programming in the entire Main Street area will be considered. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Go to for a map of the Main Street area and to get an application.

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