Members: Arts Organizations
PRAA’s Arts Organizations provide places to go for performances, classes, arts activities, special events and much more. In some communities these sites serve as gathering places for meetings and civic activities as well as centers for arts events.
As a presenter of cultural programming, the Blair County Arts Foundation (BCAF) offers area residents high quality and widely diverse opportunities. Renowned featured artists like Mandy Patinkin join the impressive roster of Mishler stars that includes greats Sara Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, Al Jolsen, Helen Hayes, Anna Pavlova, and John Phillip Sousa.
National touring company productions of “A Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Odd Couple” starring Jamie Farr and William Christopher have energized audiences and continue to uphold the Mishler’s rich tradition of live theatrical experiences.
Through their ownership of the Mishler Theatre, the Blair County Arts Foundation is preserving one of the remaining links to the area’s cultural past. This grand facility has served as the area’s performing arts center since 1906 and is currently home to Allegheny Ballet Company, Altoona Community Theatre, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and the Blair Concert Chorale.
The BOTTLE WORKS and ART WORKS in Johnstown! merged as one entity in January 2014. Now, they exist as one dynamic arts organization operating two buildings on Third Avenue in the historic cultural district of Cambria City. With two amazing community facilities, BOTTLE WORKS is proud to be Johnstown’s art mecca where artists can exhibit, create, teach and sell; musicians can perform; and visitors can explore, learn and ENJOY!
The DuBois Area Council on the Arts, a 501 C (3) community arts group abbreviated as DACOTA, was founded in the late 1980’s to foster the promotion of community interest in art, music, dance, theater and photography for educational and civic purposes, and to work within the community to effectuate those goals.
In 1929 a small, dedicated group of Greensburg artists began meeting in each other’s homes to paint still-life paintings and to discuss and critique the art works they created. The group was incorporated as the Greensburg Art Club in 1952 as a non-profit educational organization. In 1955 the organization bought a historic, two room public school on Todd School Road, east of Greensburg. In honor of its first mentor, the Art Club named the school the Alex Fletcher Memorial Art Center. During the next few decades many art classes, workshops, and art programs were developed and taught at the Art Center. Today the Greensburg Art Club members continue to operate the Art Center (sometimes referred to as the Greensburg Art Center) under its original charter.
Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council is a group made up of volunteers from Hollidaysburg and surrounding areas. They keep arts and music alive by offering a broad range of programs to appeal to various age groups. Programs throughout the year typically include concerts in the park, adult workshops, art camps, and other numerous art and musical events in the Borough of Hollidaysburg.
The Indiana Arts Council, a nonprofit corporation, fosters the creation and greater appreciation of the fine, creative, and performing arts in Indiana County. Our constituency includes all of the residents of the Indiana County area, irrespective of prior arts exposure.
The IAC enjoys, and intends to continue, a cooperative relationship with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana County’s principle cultural resource.
IAC promotes excellence and diversity of local arts presentations through assistance and support to independent arts organizations.
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is a community art museum founded in 1976. SAMA successfully operates the nation’s longest-running museum satellite system with four museum facilities in the central and southwestern Pennsylvania cities of Altoona, Johnstown, Ligonier and Loretto. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works by local, regional, national and international artists. SAMA’s four museums offer award-winning education programs, special events, and approximately two dozen exhibitions annually.