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Berks Arts Council Awards 2019-2020 PA Partners in the Arts Grants

by Berks Arts Council

Nov 12, 2019
Berks Arts Council

READING, PA—Berks Arts Council is awarding $150,948 in regional grant funds to 59 recipients, thanks to an annual grant received from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. These grants, provided by state tax dollars, fund a variety of dance, theatre, music, and visual arts projects within Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill counties. Berks Arts Council is one of 12 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) organizations that annually evaluate grant requests for arts projects, individual artists, and ongoing arts programs within the three-county region. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts oversees the PPA initiative.

Berks Arts Council will be hosting a grant award ceremony on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Grant recipients are invited to share information about their organizations and funded projects. The ceremony is to be held at 5:00 p.m. in room 411 of GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St. Reading, PA.

The following artists and arts organizations have been awarded grants for the 2019-2020 funding year:

Berks County Project Stream grant recipients: Abilities in Motion · Barrio Alegria · Berks Bards, Inc · Berks Sinfonietta, Inc · Bethany Children’s Home · Brookeside Montessori, Inc · Freedman Gallery of Albright College · Idalmi Rivera · Jessica Warchal-King · LGBT Center of Greater Reading · Maidencreek OT Music Festival · Marian Frances Wolbers · Northwest Middle School · Shillington Park Concert Series

Berks County Program Stream grant recipients: Art Plus Gallery · Berks Ballet Theatre · Berks Community Television · Berks County Chamber Foundation – Reading FilmFEST · Berks Opera Workshop · Berks Youth Chorus · Building A Better Boyertown : Arts and Activities Alliance: Studio B · Clay on Main · Mifflin Community Library · New Arts Program, Inc · Olivet Boys and Girls Club · Opus One Berks Chamber Choir · Our Town Foundation · Reading Choral Society · Reading Civic Theatre · Reading Pops Orchestra · Reading Recreation Commission · Reading Theater Project · The Friends of Chamber Music Reading · The Ringgold Band, Inc · Vox Philia Chamber Choir, Inc · WCR Center for the Arts

Lancaster County Project Stream grant recipients: Elizabeth Modern · Erin Dorney · Megan Zettlemoyer · Tyler Barton · Wild Precious Now

Lancaster County Program Stream grant recipients: Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster · City of Lancaster · Creative Works of Lancaster · Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company · Lancaster Marionette Theatre, Inc · Lancaster Opera dba Opera Lancaster · Penn Square Music Festival · The People’s Shakespeare Project · PRiMA Arts, Inc · Theater of the Seventh Sister · Wheatland Chorale

Schuylkill County Project Stream grant recipients: Anthracite Philharmonic · Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries · Joann Allen · Majestic Theater

Schuylkill County Program Stream grant recipients: Gabriel Chamber Ensemble · Schuylkill Chorale Society · Schuylkill County’s VISION

For more information about the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant Program and how to submit a project for consideration, visit

Through the creation and support of varying arts events, community collaborations and grants, Berks Arts Council positively impacts our community’s cultural and economic well-being. The mission of Berks Arts Council is to inspire, engage and unite our community through arts collaboration, education and presentation. Berks Arts Council is a catalyst which addresses social and economic barriers through inclusive and integrative programs. Today, in everything Berks Arts Council does and supports, we seek to make Berks County, PA a more creative, more desirable, and a more resilient community.

In addition to the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program, Berks Arts Council presents Art of Jazz Juried Art Exhibition, Bandshell Concert Series, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Berks Jazz Fest Holiday Concert, Get JazzEd Educational Program, Fast Lane Art Student Exhibition, Pagoda Awards, and the Reading Blues Fest. Learn more at

Berks Arts Council works with artists, community organizations and businesses to develop partnerships and collaborative programs to benefit the community at large. Project Stream and Program Stream grantees feature various forms of the performing and visual arts.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency under the Governor’s Office that works to foster the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. The PCA is governed by a council of 19 members – 15 private citizens appointed by the Governor and four members of the General Assembly.

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