Lots Happening with ArtsAltoona

Even with the pandemic continuing, the ArtsAltoona Center is coming alive! Last week was our New Kids on the Block pARTy in the parking lot and lawn area. This week the My Corona 2 living history mural arts program for teens is taking place at the center. The class started on Monday and already the participants are creating some amazing art! Pam Snyder-Etters is guiding the work of the students, with Leah Klevan assisting. If you know of any teens who may be interested, please encourage them to come to a class and join in. It is each week day from 1:30 to 4:30pm through next Friday, August 7. This class is funded in part by the United Way of Blair County so it is free to attend. This is a great opportunity for the teens to express their emotions about their COVID-19 experiences through the creation of a collaborative art project.

My Corona 3: A Living History Mural Art Experience will be held in Tyrone at Reservoir Park (1046 Janesville Pike) from August 10 to 21. It is for students ages 9 to 13 and will be from 9:30am to noon on weekdays. It is being presented in partnership with the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library and is funded in part by Operation Our Town. CDC guidelines for spatial distancing and face masks will be in place. Class size is limited. To register, visit artsaltoona.org.

Yoga on the Lawn continues

Thanks to Bloom Yoga & Wellness for their on going class every Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:15am through the end of August. The sessions take place in the lawn adjacent to their studio at 123 Union Avenue in Altoona. The class is open to people of all levels of experience and physical ability. Come to any of the sessions, no need for advance registration. Part of your $10 contribution benefits ArtsAltoona. Please help to spread the word and come to enjoy the fun and relaxation.

Fluid Art Workshop rescheduled

It was necessary to reschedule our Fluid Art (also known as Paint Pouring) workshop, so you have more time to gather your friends and register. The workshop presented by Paint Party by Sarah is now scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 from 6 to 8pm at the ArtsAltoona Center (2212 Sixth Avenue, Altoona). It will be held in the lower level of the Education Building. A variety of techniques including Flip Cup, Balloon Smash and Dutch Pour will be taught. Each participant will be able to choose three colors plus black or white. Tickets are $40. and benefit ArtsAltoona. Due to following CDC guidelines for mask wearing and spatial distancing only a limited number can enroll. Please register at www.artsaltoona.org.

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

We have a fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at Texas Roadhouse (1560 Osgood Drive, Altoona) from 3 to 10pm. Check our ArtsAltoona Facebook Page for the flyer to present to your server so we receive 10% of your total food purchases. You can eat in or take out. We have bags of peanuts available for sale for $5. With each bag purchased you receive a coupon for a free Cactus Blossom, Fried Pickles, Rattlesnake Bites, Cheese Fries or Tater Skins appetizer. Let us know if you want to purchase one or more bags in advance of the event! Then come out on August 18 and have a great meal!

Street Eats with a Side of Art

Our next block party is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 8pm at the ArtsAltoona Center. More details will be revealed as it gets closer, but you can be sure there will be food trucks, music, hands on art experiences, activities and information from community organizations and more. Mark you calendar and plan to attend.

Thank you, Thank you!

Last, I would like to thank a group of people for helping to beautify our yard area. Our founding visionary, George Sackandy, and his wife Karen, purchased, planted and placed these beautiful flower pots. Also, Ken Decker, Claudia Montero and Dave Parsons helped the Sackandys with weeding and mulching the area across the front of the buildings along Sixth Avenue. Candy Holliday contributed some sunflowers to further brighten the area. Thanks to all for sharing your time, talents and resources with ArtsAltoona.

Until next time,