The Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts was founded in 1970 and incorporated in 1975. The Council received their first grant that year from the PA Council on the Arts to support a series of Bicentennial Celebrations of the Arts Since that time, the Council has continued to promote the arts. Various projects including “Artists in Action” demonstrations, art classes workshops, exhibits, arts festivals as well as fine art and crafts shows. In 1993, an Artists and Arts Organizations directory was published with the help of another grant from PCA. In 2004, the Council was awarded a performance grant from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, and sponsored a workshop and performance by dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet.

A series of grants from DCED enabled the Council to buy the former St. Joseph’s Convent building on Willow Street and the building opened to the public for our First Annual Storytelling Festival in April 2007.

Classes in various arts related fields followed and the center has been open to the public since then. In 2007, we received a grant to construct a computer arts lab, which began operation later in 2008.

In the fall of 2016 the board negotiated the sale of the Willow Street building to the Church which had bought the former school next door and with the proceeds bought the bank building at the corner of 8th and Cumberland Street. The move took place at the beginning of 2017 and the Center opened its doors to the public for the February First Friday Art Walk on 3rd of February 2017

2 responses to “History”

  1. where can I find about upcoming exhibits and also how to prepare an entry for the next juried exhibit? many thnx for info

    • Ellen,
      This is Seamus Carmichael.
      I organize the exhibitions and am the moderator for listings on the First Friday Art Walk. Membersship in LVCA will allow you to enter our December Members Show and to have a free entry in the February Smartphone competition.
      Seamus Carmichael

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