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Children’s Book Festival Named “Best of the Best”

The Learning Lamp Children's Book Festival

L – R: Angela Rizzo – The Learning Lamp, Matthew Serio – PA Council on the Arts, Jeanne Gleason – PA Council on the Arts, Becky Catelinet-  PA Rural Arts Alliance, Leah Spangler – The  Learning Lamp

As one of the statewide members of the PA Council on the Arts’ Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, we get to work with a variety of arts organizations as they apply for funding in the Project Stream grants initiative. Applicants in Project Stream receive grant funds for arts projects after a review by a panel of regional arts experts.

In the spring of 2014 we received some exciting news. The PA Council on the Arts recognized the most outstanding PPA Projects to represent the talent, achievements and contributions of the arts to the life of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. One of these outstanding Projects was The Learning Lamp’s “Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown” (Cambria County). The free, three-day festival featured appearances by best-selling authors Nick Bruel, Suzanne Bloom, and master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Other features of the festival included performances geared for children, access t0 free and used books, and pre-festival visits to area schools by the guest authors.

Three other Projects across the state were named “Best of the Best”. These include artist Julie Mader’s “Power Within” (Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean and Jefferson Counties), the Portside Arts Center (Philadelphia), and Fiberart International 2013 presented by FiberartsGuild of Pittsburgh (Allegheny). All winners were recognized by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts at Arts Advocacy Day in Harrisburg.

To view videos of the Learning Lamp “Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown” and the other Best Projects, click here.

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