Coronavirus Affects ArtsAltoona

Spring into the Arts is CANCELED!

With the announcement that Penn State University is shifting to online only classes until at least April 6, it means that our partners, the Penn State Altoona Sheetz Fellows class members, will not be available to assist with the event. Additionally, we do not want to put any of our team, artists, musicians, vendors or volunteers at risk of exposure. We very much appreciate all of the work that the students and others did toward making this event a success. Thank you to all who played a role!

After School Arts Program – ASAP – Register your students for a class now!

Thanks to our Marketing Committee Chair, Kim Aboud for this new release about our upcoming After School Arts Programs. Thanks also to Peter Frantz, Program Director and Education Coordinator for all of his hard work getting all of these programs arranged. Leah Klevan, AmeriCorps member has been a great help with this and will be assisting in some of the programs. We are very appreciative to the Altoona Area School District Foundation, the United Way of Blair County and Operation Our Town for grants funding the bulk of these classes. Thanks also to the many other contributors who have supported our ASAP groups.
Here’s the news release:

If you are looking for a creative avenue for after school for your youngster, ArtsAltoona has several upcoming programs that will fit the need. All classes are offered free of charge, thanks to a partnership with the Altoona Area School District Foundation, grant support from United Way and Operation Our Town and individual local sponsors.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, Penn State Dance Professor KT Huckabee will present an ART IN MOTION class at Penn Lincoln Elementary gymnasium. Open to students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, the class is designed to help students discover their own dance. “Dance is what we make it; we invite students to define their own dance!” says Huckabee. The class will be held from 3:30-5 pm. Students do not need any previous dance experience.

Young people interested in painting a large mural that will travel to Costa Rica are invited to MURAL ARTS beginning Wednesday, March 18. Muralist Pam Snyder-Etters, and founder of Murals Talk, has embarked on an international and intercultural project to paint a mural that reflects the colors and life of Costa Rica. Students in grades 4 and higher will be introduced to both painting techniques and Costa Rican culture as they work to complete panels of a mural that will have its home in Costa Rica. This weekly class will be held at the ArtsAltoona Center at Simpson-Temple United Parish at 2212 Sixth Avenue in Altoona, in the education building, from 3:30-5:30, and run for ten weeks, ending May 20.

Another new class is planned at Tyrone-Snyder Public Library beginning Tuesday, March 31. The instructor, art teacher Phyllis McConnell, will work with children to create and paint imaginary animals on a large canvas. The class, titled Imagine Animals, will meet Tuesdays for ten weeks and is available to children in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Class times are 3:30- 5:30 pm.

Another upcoming program is set to begin at Fairview United Methodist Church. Beginning Thursday, April 2, the class will be taught by artist Emily Decker and also held from 3:30 -5:30. It will also focus on various painting techniques. This class, as well, is designed for junior high students and will run through June 4.
ArtsAltoona is also currently offering a class on Thursdays at the Teen Center on 6th Avenue through the end of March. Class time is again 3:30-5:30 and students are welcomed to stop in and try their hand at creativity.

The After School Arts Program (ASAP) is a dedicated program of ArtsAltoona. Its goal is to integrate arts into after-school programming throughout Blair County, establishing an environment which will build confidence and strengthen talents of area youth through the arts.

Students may register for any of these classes by emailing us at, calling 814-201-7004 or on the website

Doug’s DAWGS Coming Soon

We are very excited to announce that Doug’s DAWGS will be coming to the parking lot at the ArtsAltoona Center at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 23rd Street! He will be there over lunch Monday through Friday for the season. April 1st is the official opening day (I won’t comment about that being April Fools Day!) but, if the weather cooperates, we may be welcoming him before that. What a great asset to the neighborhood! Be sure to stop by for a great lunch and conversation with Doug!

Until next time,
Donna Gority