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Berks Arts Council's
Arts Blast!
June 16, 2017
We need your help to save Grants to the Arts. It will only take 2 minutes!
As you may know, the Grants to the Arts line item was not included in the budget that was passed by the PA House of Representatives. The bill now resides in the PA Senate.

These line items support nonprofit arts and culture organizations across Pennsylvania which, in turn, generate over $2.5 billion in economic activity for the state and support 81,000 full-time equivalent jobs. We have the opportunity to have this line item, funded at $9.59 million, restored to the budget bill in the Senate, but we need your help.

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is asking you to call, not e-mail, your state senator and ask him/her to have the Grants to the Arts line item restored. They've drafted a script for your use and included it below.

Time is of the essence. Please take a few minutes now to make this call!

" Good Morning (Afternoon),

I’m a constituent of Senator John Doe and I live in (City/Town) in the (Zip code) zip code. I’m calling to ask the Representative/Senator to support a PA General Fund budget for FY 2017-18 that includes $9.59 million for Grants to the Arts through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and $2 million for Historical and Cultural Support through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museums Commission. Both Governor Wolf’s budget proposal and House Bill 218 do not include these items. These line items support nonprofit arts and culture organizations across Pennsylvania which, in turn, generate over $2.5 billion in economic activity for the state and support 81,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

I hope I can count on the Senator’s support. Thank you for your time.
Eclectic lineup announced for Bandshell Concert Series!

Join Berks Arts Council for great music and fantastic summer evenings at the 27th annual Bandshell Concert Series! Scheduled for Friday evenings July 7, 14, 21, and 28, all concerts are held at the Volunteer Firemen's Memorial Bandshell in Reading's City Park at 7 p.m. Free admission.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. with preshow entertainment provided by local arts organizations starting at 6:15 p.m. Refreshments from food trucks and local restaurants are available for purchase.

The 2017 series brings a diverse lineup of national and international artists to Reading to present unique musical styles to enjoy and explore music from around the world.

Friday, July 7 - Murali Coryell
Friday, July 10 - The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Friday, July 21 - Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Friday, July 28 - The Apocalypse Blues Review

Click on the artist name for more information, web links, and video clips! Contact Berks Arts Council at or 610-898-1930 with any questions.
PPA grant application deadline this Tuesday, June 20!
Applications are now open for Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) 2017-2018 Project Stream funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Project Stream provides grants of up to $2,500 to eligible organizations and individuals to conduct arts projects. Deadline for applications is this Tuesday, June 20.

Berks Arts Council is the local administrator for Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill counties. You can find out more about the PPA grant program on the May episode of Berks Arts on BCTV. Nan Reinert, PPA Administrator for Berks Arts Council, talks about the PPA Project Stream Grants and application process. Watch the Prezi presentation by PCA Program Director Matt Serio to get more information about the grant application process. For additional information, contact Nan at or 610-898-1930 x28.

ABOVE: Poet Jennifer Hetrick received funding for her project "The Labor of Our Fingertips", which builds poems out of the memories and reflections of older seniors, in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, who worked in the mostly now gone mills and factories of Berks County.
Explore the history of Carsonia Park with Paul Druzba
DATE: Tuesday, June 20
TIME: 6 - 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Berks History Center | 940 Center Ave. | Reading, PA 19601

Mr. Druzba will share the fascinating history behind this long gone Berks County treasure with a presentation, book signing, and carnivale themed cultural event. Refreshments Provided. Admission $5.

Reading Community Players presents The Little Mermaid
Friday, June 23 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 @ 3 & 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Miller Center for the Performing Arts | 4 N. Second St | Reading, PA 19601

Based on Hans christian Andersen's most beloved stories, The Little Mermaid, Jr. is an anchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance, Directed by Debbi Silas, 42 of Berks County's finest youngsters make this musical come to life. Tickets: $15 and are reserved. Call 610-607-6270 or click here.
THIS WEEK (Friday 6/16/17 - Thursday 6/22/17)
SATURDAY: Country Music with The Hillbillies of Cohesion
DATE: Saturday, June 17
TIME: 2:30 p.m. (Preshow vocal workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: St. Mary's RC Church | 94 Walnut Rd. | Hamburg, PA 19526

The Hillbillies of Cohesion are a bluegrass/old-time band that's ready to bring you toe-tapping music, fun, and tomfoolery. Hailing from Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, this seven-piece band features great instrumental work and tight, rich vocal-harmonies. Showgoers will hear a mix of bluegrass, old-time, fiddle tunes, gospel, shape note, and classic pop tunes with their down-home twist. Tickets $10.

Like to sing? Join Reading Choral Society at 10 a.m. to prepare bluegrass choruses with the assistance of the The Hillbillies of Cohesion and conductor Graham Bier. Then be part of the concert that afternoon! The Hillbillies bring a wealth of instruments, including banjo, mandolin, bass guitars, fiddle, and hammered dulcimer. It should be a thigh-slappin' good day. $10 (includes lunch.)

To register for the workshop OR the concert, visit the Reading Choral Society website.
SATURDAY: Art on the Avenue
DATE: Saturday, June 17
TIME: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Penn Ave. | West Reading, PA 19612

The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation presents the annual Art on the Avenue celebration. The community's premier family festival features fine arts and crafts made by local juried artists. Additionally the venue will have live music, street performers, local businesses, and specialty foods. Free.

Visit the West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation website for more information.
SATURDAY: Evening on the Green at Daniel Boone Homestead
DATE: Saturday, June 17
TIME: 6 - 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Daniel Boone Homestead | 400 Daniel Boone Rd | Birdsboro, PA 19508

Come and enjoy a relaxing evening of music under the stars at this annual celebration. Featured events include a colonial tavern in our historic Bertolet Log house, music, art/crafts and wine at the Homestead. We will be featuring the Celtic Martin Family this year. Bring your lawn chair and be prepared to enjoy a relaxing Evening on the Green. Info: call 610-582-4900 or click here.
SUNDAY: Reading Pops' Annual Father's Day Concert
DATE: Sunday, June 18
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Cacoosing Meadows Park | 3284 State Hill Rd, | Sinking Spring, PA 19608

This concert is part of the Berks Country Fest, and pays tribute to the Music of America. Some highlights include the beautiful music from Aaron Copland's Our Town, a special musical tribute to The Greatest Show on Earth, as well as Carmen Dragon's exciting arrangement of Turkey in the Straw. Click here for more information and concert dates.
WEDNESDAY: Downtown Alive presents Charlie Cruz & Frankie Negrón
DATE: Wednesday, June 21
TIME: 5 p.m.
LOCATION: 500 block of Penn St. | Reading, PA 19602

Frankie Negrón is an international salsa star and a multiple Grammy and Billboard Award Nominee. Charlie Cruz is one of Puerto Rico's best salsa performers. This summer series of concerts will feature a dynamic lineup of nationally-touring acts from varying musical genres. Each concert will feature a festival atmosphere and include food trucks and beer for sale. All shows will start at 5 p.m. Free. For more information, visit Downtown Alive website.

Coming up Next!
July 5: The Cadillac Three & Eli Young Band
July 19: Sister Hazel
August 16: The Griswolds
August 30: 24 Horas, George Lamond & Funk Salsa Urban
WEDNESDAY: World Music Day at the Half Moon Cafe
DATE: Wednesday, June 21
TIME: 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Clay on Main | 313 Main St. | Oley, PA 19547

World Music Day celebrates music in all its forms and the impact it’s had on the world and the human spirit. Every culture of the world has it’s own form of music, as distinct and unique to its area as language and cuisine. When you add in the cultural themes, the variety of instruments, and the forms of voice singing that can go along with it, music is a truly endless adventure. World Music Day celebrates this adventure and those that dare to take it. Join the Half Moon Cafe as they celebrate World Music Day. Come and make music of your own and jam the night away. Bring something yummy for the potluck as well. Free. Call Clay on Main at 610-987-0273 for more information.
THURSDAY: Let's Dance - The Orchestra
DATE: Thursday, June 22
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Muhlenberg High School | 400 Sharp Ave. | Laureldale, PA 19605

This 17-piece swing band, with two singers, will wow you with their musical talent. The band is directed by Charlie Randazzo. Sit back and take a nostalgic trip back in time with these "swinging entertainers." Plan on attending this concert and you will not be disappointed. There will be a $3/person/concert admission fee.

Coming next:
June 29: Wyomissing Band
NEXT WEEK (Friday 6/23/17 - Thursday 6/29/17)
JUNE 23: Fourth Friday Art Walk
DATE: Friday, June 23
TIME: 5 - 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Boyertown, PA

On the fourth Friday of each month, Boyertown small businesses will be featuring local artists, poets, musicians, and more. The participating small businesses will also be offering sales and refreshments throughout the evening. This is an opportunity to see the amazing and unique things Boyertown’s small businesses and local artisans have to offer! Click on Fourth Friday Art Walk for more information.
JUNE 21 - JULY 2: Genesius Theatre presents Side Show
Wednesday, June 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 23 & 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24 & July 1 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 25 & July 2 @ 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Genesius Theatre | 153 North 10th St. | Reading, PA 19601

Side Show
is a musical based on the real lives of conjoined twins who became vaudeville stars in the 1930s. It features a pair of actresses seemingly attached for the entire show. Daisy and Violet Hilton are the star attraction in a carnival sideshow - singing Siamese twins - with opposing dreams: Daisy seeks a life in the spotlight and Violet wants to settle down in a home with a husband. When musician Buddy and talent scout Terry enter their lives and promise to take them to the top of the entertainment scene, their lives change forever and they struggle to balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection.

Visit the Genesius Theatre website for more information and to get your tickets!
JUNE 23 - 25: Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummers Night's Dream
Friday, June 23
Saturday, June 24
Sunday, June 25
TIME: 6 p.m. all days
LOCATION: Gring's Mill Recreation Area | 2083 Tulpehocken Rd. | Wyomissing, PA 19610

Shakespeare in the Park: 3 Performances! Love is in the air and mischief abounds. Join us for one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies filled with song, laughter and fairies. Performed during Midsummer’s eve, experience the enchantment of Shakespeare in the Park.

EDUCATIONAL PRESHOW EVENT! The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare: At 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, take a ragtag group of actors, a wandering friar, and add a young William Shakespeare to the mix, and you have one whirlwind, interactive evening for the young and the young at heart. A light-hearted, engaging introduction to Shakespeare's plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III. Presented by Yocum Institute for Arts Education Junior Theater Ensemble.

Visit Yocum Institute for Arts Education and Berks County Parks and Recreations Dept for more information ON BOTH EVENTS.
JUNE 23: Walk In Art Center presents Eva Katherine
DATE: Friday, June 23
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Walk In Art Center | 220 Parkway Ave. | Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

Join us for an evening of music outdoors as we welcome vocalist Eva Katherine Blankenhorn. Eva Katherine is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Schuylkill County. Since winning the Big I-105 Kid’s Idol at the ripe old age of 10, she has traveled up and down the East Coast playing 400+ shows and performing in 9 states. Bring your own chair and prepare to be entertained. Tickets: $12. Children under 5 are free.
JUNE 24: The Second Annual ShReading Festival 2
DATE: Saturday, June 24
TIME: 12 noon - 10 p.m.
LOCATION: Willow Glen Park | 94 Park Ave. | Sinking Spring, PA 19601

The 2nd annual ShReading Festival features 14 music performances by musicians associated with skateboarding culture. This festival will be a gathering of music, skate, and art fans to benefit the RSA (Reading Skatepark Association). Continuous music on two stages, raffles, food and drinks. This is a rain or shine event open to all ages. Admission: $15. More information found at Reading Skatepark Association.
COMING SOON (Friday 6/30/17 - Thursday 7/13/17)
Patriotic-themed concert featuring " The Constitution"
DATE: Sunday, July 2
TIME: 7 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: The Reading Pops
FAMILY CONCERT: Steve Pullara & the Cool Beans Band
DATE: Thursday, July 6
TIME: 6 p.m.
PRESENTED BY: Berks County Parks & Rec Dept.

Submission deadline Monday, June 26. Visit the Berks Art Alliance website to download the 2017 Prospectus with complete instructions for entering. (Note that the last page for preparing tags for accepted work can be filled in and printed from your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader). BAA members receive a discount; you may join by going to the membership link, printing out a form and mailing your check.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is currently seeking qualified artist instructors to introduce new ideas, methods, and materials to our students; nothing is off limits. We invite you to apply and propose a workshop or class for our upcoming Fall and Winter terms, GoggleWorks offers all of our artist-instructors flexible scheduling, competitive pay, and one class/workshop tuition-free per term. If you are interested, please call 610-374-4600.
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