January Letter from the Board

By January 23, 2019 Uncategorized

Happy New Year ArtsAltoona followers!

We are off to a great beginning for 2019.  Our board committees have been hard at work making plans for the Kress building/Studio Arts Center  project, our After School Arts Program and several fundraising efforts to fund those two main projects.  We have also been busy with social media expansion and website updates for greater community outreach and engagement.

We have a great committee, headed up by Kim Aboud, planning a mid-winter fundraiser. It will be at the Station Medical Center on February 7th. It has a pre-Valentines Day shopping theme. We’ve got a great list of vendors planning to participate in two sessions, one, Shop & Eat, from 11am to 2pm and the other, Happy Hour, from 5pm to 7:30pm. The evening will be a ticketed event and have an after hours environment. Get your friends together and plan to come.  Tickets for the evening are $25 per person, they include a great hors d’oeuvres menu and musical entertainment by the fabulous Altoona Brass Collective!

Thanks to John Seely and his First Frontier Community Kitchen as well as Chef Tom Schilling for collaborating on the food selections. There will also be a basket raffle and other activities throughout the evening. A huge “Thank you” to ArtsAltoona board member, Andrea Devorris Cohen, for this great event idea and for her amazing generosity! Please check out the event on Facebook and share it on your page.

We are very excited to once again be working with another group of Sheetz Fellows (this year’s sophmore class) for a unique fundraiser to take place in April. Board member Ken Decker came up with a concept for a golf putting contest. We are now in the early stages of planning for the event with the students and Professor Donna Bon, Sheetz Fellows Coordinator. Our ArtsAltoona team is headed up by Gwen Fisher and includes Ken Decker, Shasta Langenbacher, Kim Aboud, Barry D’Andrea and myself. We intend to unveil the event at the hART Shop event and begin to sign up participants there. This event is not for just traditional golfers – those of us who don’t golf will still have fun being part of a Color Putt team! Watch for more information soon.

Have you bought your Imagination Way bricks yet? We have had quite a number of sales so far! Please go to the link on the website www.artsaltoona.org and make your purchases now! It’s a great gift for someone who has everything! Recognize someone. Memorialize someone. Buy a brick!

Thanks for your interest in ArtsAltoona! Please let me know if you want to get more involved. Our committees would welcome more active members and ASAP is in need of volunteers!

Be sure to read Tony DeGol’s articles about the 321 Gallery in Hollidaysburg and the new, young director for Altoona Community Theatre’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Thanks Tony for your always wonderful stories!

Stay warm and be safe in this changeable winter weather!

Yours in support of the Arts!