Wednesday, December 14, 2011


You should have received an announcement for the next Chen Arts show: “METAMORPHOSIS”  which is has been scheduled for Sat, Jan 21 to Sat, Feb 4, 2012

Just a reminder that the Deadline for submissions and payment is Saturday, January 7th & Sunday, January 8th.

A requirement of participating in the show, is serving on a committee, the following committees are looking for Volunteers:

--Opening Night Reception Committee
will be chaired by Tracey Lopez, please email her directly at if you are interested in serving.

--Manning the Gallery Hours Committee will be chaired by Ana Hamilton, please email her directly at if you are  interested in serving.

-- Publicity Committee will be chaired by Kate Hughes, who now has posters, and will soon have postcards, she will need help in getting the word out. If you are interested in serving on her committee, please email her directly at

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Happy Holidays! Holly Groome warmly invites you to join in support of our local artists and crafters in a Winter Home Sale!

Located at her home in South Allentown; not far from the AutoMile/South Mall.

In addition to lots of gorgeous little things available for your
last-minute holiday shopping, we’ll have snacks/refreshments as well as craft projects for the kids. Also great for marketing your own business/art/craft and networking.

All details are on the flyer seen here.. Please feel free to pass on to your friends & family. She hopes to make this one a success so they can have many more in the coming years! So please join them!



NewVox Art Gallery is hosting our first Holiday Gift show this Saturday December 10th, 6:30-10pm. You are invited to join us for an artist reception and some holiday festivities featuring fine art, handmade jewelry, and handcrafted gifts.

Friday Dec. 16th "Three Bands + Art" 7-10pm

Live music from 3 fantastic bands, We Are in Envelopes, Rosabelle, & Everyone Sitting Pretty

Parking is available to the public at the lot on the corner of W. 4th and Wyandotte Streets and across the street at the McDonalds.

We look forward to seeing you,



Friday evening (December 9th),
The Dave Roper Trio will be the next Jazz Cabaret in the Rodale Room, at Allentown Symphony Hall (7:30 PM).

This promises to be a Holiday Treat for you and your friends so hurry and reserve your seats,
because Dave is always very popular in the Lehigh Valley. He was the 2008 Ovation Award winner - Performer of the Year; he has performed here for 5 decades; and his audiences love his eclectic repertoire of jazzy interpretations of the American Songbook, Broadway, and Hollywood hits.

Tickets are $20advance/$25 at door for 2 sets, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Call 610-432-6715 to reserve your tickets.
This would make a wonderful gift! Bring your friends.

Concannon Miller, Artist Sponsor. Terri Purdy and Ray Wolf, Food Sponsor

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The next chen show METAMORPHOSIS has been set. You all should have received an email with the information and paper work.

Show Dates: Sat, Jan 21 to Sat, Feb 4, 2012. 

Opening Night reception: Sat, Jan 21, 2012 from 7 - 10 pm

Closing Night reception: Sat, Feb 4, 2012 from 2 -5 pm 

Drop off would be: Sat, Jan 14 & Sun, Jan 15, 2012. 

Pick up would be after the show on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 (all work must hang until the show closes)

Hanging would be Friday, Feb 3, 2012 from 7-10 pm

Submission Fee: $15

The next meeting of the Chen Group will be Sunday, December 4th at Hava Java on 19th Street (across from Civic Theatre) from 1pm-3pm. 
  • Heather will be discussing her interactive piece, which will hopefully provide us with fodder for the name change we all our planning on making. 
  • We’ll also be discussing entertainment for the opening and closing receptions. Joe has offered to go 50/50 with us on the musicians that played at the last Chen show. And we’re looking for suggestions for the other evening.
  • Advertising/ PR for the event
  • And more.

If you would like to participate in some way, and cannot make the meeting, please let Ellen Ann know, just send an email to:

Ellen Ann via Chen Arts

Monday, November 21, 2011


The next Chen Arts show: “METAMORPHOSIS” has been scheduled for Sat, Jan 21 to Sat, Feb 4, 2012

So get your submissions in!

The Opening Night Reception will be Saturday, January 21st 7pm-10pm. Closing Day Reception will be Saturday, February 4 from 2-5 pm, with pick up that evening after the show closes.

The show will be at the Antonio Salemme Foundation, 542 Hamilton St., suite 203, Allentown, PA.

Entry Requirements:
Submissions should be ready to hang.
There is room for small sculptures or 3-dimensional works able to stand on a 12” x 12” pedestal.

Send 3 photos (file size no larger than 2MB) to
If you do not have email, please mail the photos to E.A. Kafkalas, 112 S Madison Street, Allentown, PA 18102.

The entry fee is $15. Please make checks payable to EA Kafkalas.
Mail payments to: 112 S Madison Street, Allentown, PA 18102 

Deadline for submissions and payment is Saturday, January 7th.

Depending on the number of submissions, we may only have room for one of your submissions. Paperwork is attached, and should be completed and submitted on the day you drop artwork off. 

Volunteer Requirements:
In addition to the fee, all artists entering are required to volunteer for one (or more) of the following committees:
--Receiving Artwork
--Opening Night Reception
--Manning the Gallery

Let me know which committee(s) you are interested in serving on at the time of submission, and a phone number and/or email where you can be reached.

Thank you,
Ellen Ann 

Note: Submission forms are available by emailing or

Saturday, November 5, 2011


The Lehigh Valley Community Health Expo - The LV COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO 2011 will be an educational, yet entertaining event for ALL ages! It will be held at THE HYATT PLACE, 45 W. North Street, Bethlehem, PA on 11/12/11. Doors will open from 12:00-6:00pm. This event is FREE to the public.
The LEHIGH VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO 2011 will be an educational, yet entertaining event for ALL ages! It will be held at THE HYATT PLACE at 45 W. North Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 on November 12, 2011. Doors will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. This event will be FREE to the public.
  • Health Care Organizations
  • Caregivers
  • Healthy Products 
  • Preventative Health
  • Local Health/Wellness Businesses

Music, food, children's activities, artists, and community organizations will be on hand to educate, demonstrate, and facilitate. There will be a stage for local entertainers to perform and we will feature panel discussions from area healthcare professionals. 

The proceeds will benefit the participating organizations/groups. We are, currently, seeking companies, health practitioners, and vendors to participate in this event. In addition, small/large businesses and community organizations are encouraged to come out, network, and meet the public.


ALFONSO TODD AND ASSOCIATES / 484.619.6541      

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Art Auction Preview 
HOT DOG! - An Affordable Art Auction

Join us for a preview!
All work available at "Buy it now" prices!
 Saturday, November 5, 2011: Noon-4pm
Sunday, November 6, 2011: Noon-2pm
Auction Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011 (2-5pm)

Location: Merchants Square Mall,
1901 S. 12th Street - Allentown, PA

Auctioneer: Tom Hall Auctions, Inc.
Refreshments available for purchase.

For further information please contact:
Randall Forte, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Arts Council
610-437-5915 /
This event is sponsored by:A-Treat, Boulevard Frame & Art, Thurston Royce Gallery of Fine Art
Tom Hall Auctions, Weyerbacher & Yocco's

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Opportunity For Artist Studio Space In Allentown on Hamilton

We had a great turnout for our previous Chen Arts meeting in October. One of the meeting items was a discussion around potential artist studio space in Allentown. Here is some more information from one of the meeting attendees if you are looking for space: 

As I said at your meeting, I'm looking to rent some space in 808 Hamilton and I want to incorporate some Artist space in the project.  Spaces will approx $250 per month and I am working with someone to put a recording studio (maybe video also) on site.  This would all be on the 3rd flr while the Club/Bar would be on the 2nd flr.  The Bar would be able to serve the entire building allowing your opening to have full bar status.  I will show some 2nd run/independent movies, as well as other specialty events.  I envision an mini Banana Factory, kind of like a Bougament Mill.  If anyone has questions or interest feel free to give me a call at 415-756-4882. Thanks for your time! -Thomas

If you are interested in supporting the arts in Allentown, or increasing your presence as an artist through studio space, please get in touch with Thomas at the number provided above. 

The Allentown Chen Arts Group

Thursday, October 27, 2011


NewVox Art Gallery Events and Happenings
Here are the latest events and happenings at NewVox Art Gallery. 

Wed. Oct. 26th Artist Salon
Fri.    Oct. 28th Music at NewVox
Sat.   Nov. 5th Women's fitness and Nutrition class
Sat.   Nov. 12th Pinholed and Obscura 

Next Jazz Cabaret
The next Jazz Cabaret will be November 18, 2011, 7:30 PM, in the Rodale Community Room of the Allentown Symphony Hall on 6th Street between Hamilton and Linden Streets. 

The artist performing is FRANK DI BUSSOLO & Friends.  Frank is renowned as a guitarist for Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carol, Vicky Carr, Bob Hope, George Burns, and Dom DeLouise.  We know him in the valley as a faculty member of the Performing Arts High School in Bethlehem.     

Frank's group will bring down the house, call to reserve your tickets NOW because it will sell out!

Tickets $20 advance/$25 at door, includes 2 sets, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar.  Call 610. 432-6715. Artist Sponsor:  Susquehanna Bank

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This update is a reminder about our next meeting THIS SATURDAYOctober 22nd at 6:30pm at the House of Chen Restaurant. At this meeting we will be discussing:
  • The possibility of a group show in early 2012. And another possible show in the spring of 2012.  
  • To discuss the Chen Arts Group in general and whether members still have interest in meeting once a month and to also get feedback on ideas some current members have for the future of the group. 
If you are interested in attending the October 22nd meeting (in three days), please RSVP to and let us know if you will be attending. If you have already RSVP'd then no further action is necessary---I have added you to the meeting list for Saturday. 

For those who would like to attend but who have not RSVP'd, the rsvp process is to assess every one's interest in attending the meeting and for an accurate headcount for the restaurant. 

Additionally, the Chen Arts blog has been updated with a new look and slightly different format for ease-of-use. Please let us know if you are interested in attending the meeting and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd! New members are also welcome!

Thanks again,
The Chen Arts Group

Saturday, October 15, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS - Theatre | Art Auction | Next Chen Meeting

Into the Dark
Presented By: Touchstone Theatre
Location: 321 East 4th Street. Bethlehem, PA 18015
Created and Performed by the Touchstone Ensemble

As the dry, crumbling leaves of autumn fall and the shadows lengthen, Touchstone proudly presents an eerie evening of experimental theatre. Our chilling cast of characters, suspenseful stories, and haunting vignettes explore the depths of terror that lurk within the human soul.

Sunday, October 16th - 2:00PM Performance Only
Limited Seating - $9.99

Sunday The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is inviting local artists and art collectors to consign paintings, prints, photographs and other two-dimensional art to a live auction to benefit local artists and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

This is an opportunity to promote and sell the work of local artists just in time for the holidays, while benefiting the region's flagship organization that promotes the arts and advocates its value to the community.

Location: Merchants Square Mall, Allentown
Auction date: Sunday, November 6, 2011; 2 - 5 pm
Previews: Saturday, November 5, 2011: Noon - 4pm; Sunday, November 6, 2011: Noon - 2pm

New and returning members of the Chen Arts Group are invited to attend our next meeting on October 22nd at 6:30pm held at the House of Chen Restaurant. We will be discussing upcoming group exhibit opportunities in early 2012 in addition to the spring of 2012. Members will also have the opportunity to discuss new ideas to help shape the direction of the group. Whether you are new and would like to join the group, or if you are a returning member, please email to RSVP to this event. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Next Chen Arts Group Meeting: October 22nd 2011 - Please RSVP/Attend

The next Chen Arts meeting will be held on October 22nd at 6:30pm at the House of Chen Restaurant. At this meeting we would like to discuss:
  • The possibility of a group show in early 2012 and another possible group show in the spring of 2012. We would like to gauge interest and potential participation in this event.
  • To discuss the Chen Arts Group in general and whether members still have interest in meeting once a month and/or if members have any ideas for the future of the group.
If you are interested in attending the October 22nd meeting (in about a week and a half), please email and let us know if you will be attending. We can then make a reservation for the group at the House of Chen restaurant. Recent group participation in the meetings has been lower, and part of the goal of this meeting and the rsvp process is to assess every one's interest in continuing the group, as well as to discuss ideas for 2012. New members are also welcome! Please let us know if you are interested and we look forward to seeing everyone on the Saturday the 22nd!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday Figure Drawing Starting September 11th at Salemme Foundation

Sunday figure drawing will resume at the Salemme Foundation beginning September 11.

Time: 2 to 5 pm, same as last year; that seems to work well for most artists.

Fees: $60 subscription for 9 weeks; drop-in fee is $9/session.

Location: Antonio Salemme Foundation
542 W. Hamilton St., #203
Allentown, PA 18101

Free parking in the lot directly behind our building; please enter through the rear entrance, which faces the parking lot and will be marked with a "figure drawing" sign.

For more information, e-mail me at this address or call 610-433-4150.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Support Local Artists - The Allentown Art Mart

Allentown Art Mart - located at the Holiday Inn, 9th & Hamilton Streets Allentown, PA 18102

If you live in Allentown or the surrounding areas, and are looking for a place that supports local artists, look no further than the Allentown Art Mart. The Allentown Art Mart is currently accepting applications for artwork to be displayed in their store, as well as volunteers who would like to help out during store hours.

To become more involved with the Allentown Art Mart, or to show your support, please visit their page on Facebook or send an email.

Become a Fan of Chen Arts on Facebook.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Next Chen Arts Meeting
This Saturday, August 20th 2011 at the House of Chen Restaurant in Allentown @ 6:30 PM

“Greetings from Bethlehem”
History of Bethlehem Revisited through Postcard Images at Ambre' Studio

“Greetings from Bethlehem”- History Revisited through Postcard Images from the Collection of Bill Weiner An anthology of historic images circa 1900’s to 1940’s, from the postcard collection of entrepreneur, historian, and author, Bill Weiner, framed and matted prints, as well as postcards, and newly published Arcadia Postcard book available for sale. Currently on display through Friday, September 30, 2011. Gallery Hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri 10-6PM or by appt. Located at 310 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mark your calendar: Sat, 9/17/11, 7-9PM, Ambre Studio’s annual A. W. Leh 163rd Birthday Party with special guest Bill Weiner for book signing. RSVP preferred, 610-974-8480. Exhibit and special event open to the public.

'This is Home' Exhibit
NewVox Art Gallery's latest exhibit with Philadelphia based artist Joseph Eduardo Iacona, from August 11th - September 4th. 'This is Home' is a collection of work focusing upon the landscape of memory. Dreams and Experience blur together in our mind to form an impression of the familiar objects and places that define our sense of self and our notion of home. These visual translations were derived through Dream, Experience, Imagination, and Plein Air Studies.

Jazz Cabaret
Come to the next Jazz Cabaret, in the Rodale Community Room at Symphony Hall on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 7:30 PM. It will feature the fabulous David Leonhardt Trio. David Leonhardt, jazz pianist and composer, has over 38 years of professional experience which has included recordings, television, radio, concerts, night clubs, and stage shows. He has backed Buddy Defranco, Dave Liebman, and Buddy Tate. For years he toured with jazz legend Jon Hendricks. and his reputation on the New York jazz scene was built on the years he was a member of the David "Fathead" Newman Quintet. He has produced, arranged, and performed on numerous recordings with jazz stars Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Henderson, Robin Eubanks, Ray Drummond, and Lewis Nash.

His compositions have been recorded by such jazz greats as Stanley Turentine, David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, and Claudio Roditi. He has written arrangements for The Art Blakey Big Band and he has been a guest conductor and arranger for The Benny Carter Orchestra. Treat yourself to a great night ! Tickets $20 advance/$25 at the door includes 2 sets, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar at the BEST LISTENING ROOM IN TOWN. Call today and get your tickets 610.432.6715.

Shop For A Cause
When: Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is partnering with MACY's for their Shop For A Cause program. You can purchase a $5 ticket at LVAC (100% of the proceeds go to us) and when you Shop for a Cause on Saturday, August 27, 2011, you'll receive 25% off on regular, sale and clearance merchandise throughout the store. And, you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary. Shop For A Cause Ticket - $5.00 *online ticket purchase includes a $1.00 processing fee


Tickets are also available here:
Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101

Click here to email Chen Arts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reminder: Chen Arts Meeting Saturday June 18th, 2011

Just a reminder to everyone that the next Chen Arts Meeting is this coming Saturday, June 18th. New artists welcome! See you there!

Questions? email:

Sunday, June 12, 2011



The Lehigh Valley's first and only fringe festival returns for a second year on June 24 & 25 in downtown Allentown featuring fire performers, burlesque, sideshow, cabaret, film screening, dance, multiple bands, and --new this year--a pageant.

Events kickoff Friday night, June 24, at 9 pm at the Electric Green near 9th and Hamilton. West Philadelphia Orchestra, a funky, raucous jam of Eastern European-style brass and string music, will perform simultaneously with The Burning Hearts Fire & Light Theater.

The fun continues Saturday with the first annual Miss Freak Out Pageant. Ladies may enter free of charge at Judges will ask brief and irreverent questions followed by a display of talent by the contestants. The winner will become a Wink Magazine centerfold and receive a $100 gift certificate to made in Brazil.

Saturday's events include performances by Olde City Sideshow. Abzahrah Middle Eastern dance company, Ten Tiny Dances, The Burning Hearts Fire & Light Theater with DJ Unit 13, Revival Burlesque, a cabaret show by LoveSpinDance, plus Freak Out Flickers film screening, and music by Goodnight Stars, Goodnight Air; Juice Box, the zany This Way to the Egress and more.

"It cheers me to offer such merriment to the good men and womenfolk of Allentown and beyond," says Allen T. Freekoutz, master of ceremonies. "This year's array of entertainers offers something for everyone."

The public is urged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy performances at the outdoor venue. Other free, family-friendly events take place indoors at House of Chen at 732 Hamilton Street and adult-oriented entertainment will be held at Allentown Brew Works' Silk Lounge at 812 Hamilton Street.

All events remain FREE to the public. More info can be found at the event website at

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chen Arts Meeting This Saturday - May 21st

Next Chen Arts Meeting
The monthly Chen Arts meeting will be held this Saturday, May 21st at the House of Chen restaurant in Allentown. If you would like to attend, please email: to RSVP.

Baum School Art Auction
For anyone looking for something fun to do after the Chen Arts meeting, there will be an Art Auction at the Baum School of Art down the street later that evening. More information on the Art Auction.

Thank You Sarah!
Sarah has decided to step down from handling the communications for the group. We would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah for taking care of the Chen Arts communications for all of us, and wish her luck in all that she does! We hope to continue to see her at future Chen Arts meetings, thanks again!

For Chen Arts communications, questions, and information please contact Michelle Bodamer at

Jazz Weekend - Tickets
Fabulous JAZZ WEEKEND this Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Don't miss it! First, Our next Jazz Cabaret is Friday, May 20, 2011 featuring Craig Kastelnik & Friends with Bernard Purdie! 7:30 PM, Rodale Community Room, Allentown Symphony Hall. Sunday, May 22, 2011, 4:00 PM in the Concert Hall is the Jazz Benefit Concert for El Sistema (The Allentown Symphony Association's new program that will commence this fall at Roosevelt Elementary School - a program that will transform the lives of children through music).

ART NEWS - Help Secure Funding for the Arts!
PCA Faces 70% Reduction in HB 1485 - Contact your legislators by May 23, 2011!

From the Lehigh Valley Arts Council: "On 5/11/11 the PA House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the budget bill (HB 1485) that included a combined cut of over 70% to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) administrative and grants line items. The bill will now go to the full House of Representatives for consideration on May 23.

So, what would it mean to the Lehigh Valley if the budget for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts was cut from $8.2 million to $2.5 million next year, as proposed by the PA House Appropriations Committee in HB 1485? Thirty-one nonprofit cultural organizations in our region would lose $350,000 next year in operating support—including ArtsQuest with the largest award of $88,450 down the list to the Lehigh Valley Arts Council with $2,948. Take Action!"

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kids & Teen Photography Class at Baum

Chen Artist Michelle Bodamer is teaching this class. Read on:

2011 Children & Teen Spring Photography Class at The Baum School of Art!

Instructor: Michelle Bodamer

Explore the world of Photography! Learn to shoot, develop film, and print photos in a real darkroom. Students should have a manual SLR film camera. Supply lists will be provided at the first class. Space is still available and classes start this Saturday, February 26th. Sign up today!

Sign up link:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Allentown artist Gregory Coates featured in Berlin show

ADA POST Presents:

Children of Paradise

February 19th – March 12th

Viewed by Appointment

Nordbahnstraße 10, 13409 Berlin, Germany. +49 (0) 30 51 06 02 24

Dada Post proudly presents our first exhibition of the 2011 season titled: Children of Paradise. This is a multigenerational exhibition presented under the banner of our yearlong Geopraxis program, and features ten highly diverse artists - who do not live or work in Berlin, although all (except one) lived or currently lives in New York.

The Artists:

Hugo Bastidas ¡ Dineke Blom ¡ Gregory Coates ¡ Edward Clark ¡ Asha De Costa ¡ Julie Durkin ¡ Nickolas Krushenick¡ Elizabeth Newman Kuiper ¡ Kazuko Miyamoto ¡ Alan Uglow

The exodus from New York over the past decade, to places like Los Angeles and Berlin, has been nothing short of amazing. It seems that New York's centrality to the art world has passed its peak, and is teetering under the weight of a “money creed with out culture”.

As Leonard Cohen famously sang: "First we'll take Manhattan, then we'll take Berlin."

Children of Paradise: in the case of this exhibition, is one that examines the interloper status (like an invasive species), which applies to non-indigenous species, or "non-native", animals whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic harm, environmental harm, or harm to cultural autonomy. The term "invasive" is used for the most aggressive species. These species grow and reproduce rapidly, causing major disturbance to the areas in which they are present – thanks to drugs – sex- and rock n roll.


Seeking/Rejecting the Emblematic in Global Culture

Geopraxis is a Dada Post yearlong program of inquiry on the state of art practice of our current era of global society. It is a program initiated by Dada Post to examine the conditions and problems of the phenomenon of globalization, and its impact on art practice.

Is it true that any environment that attracts, sustains, and retains globally resourceful artists will inevitably flourish and blossom into something new and exciting? The colonization of Berlin by a steady influx of artists from all over the world since 1989 has resulted in a consequence where Berlin has become the new global center for the disparate ideas that currently inform every kind of contemporary art. The current Berlin art scene is diverse in its condition, and very focused on the arrival of its internationalization.

For more information please contact:

Follow Dada Post On Facebook

Dada Post is now featured on Sleek magazine’s selection of the city’s most interesting art spots, in the form of an iPhone application.


By S-Bahn:

S-1 (Direction Oranienburg) and S-25 (Direction Hennigsdorf), to the Schönholz station.

If you take the S-Bahn be sure to exit at the Schönholz station –

not the Wollankstrasse station.

Friday, February 18, 2011

House considering deeper cuts to NEA

from Citizens for the Arts in PA:

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to H.R. 1, the appropriations continuing resolution, which severely reduces current year funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The vote added an additional $20.5 million cut on top of an already underlying $22.5 million reduction. If the U.S. House completes its work on this appropriations legislation today, the NEA's FY 2011 budget will have been reduced from $167.5 million to $124.5 million - a cut of 26% and the deepest cut to the NEA in 16 years.

Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts is asking that you do the following:

Congress will begin a 10-day recess on February 18. When they return, the U.S. Senate will begin consideration of their own version of the FY 2011 funding legislation as early as February 28. While members of Congress are back home in their districts, we encourage you to inform your local media about the devastating impact the House appropriations bill would have on the arts in your community. Americans for the Arts has set up a Media Alert through their E-Advocacy Center to help you quickly and efficiently send your opinions to the local radio, TV, and newspaper stations in your area. They've already matched up the media contacts for you based on your zip code. You just need to customize the article's talking points and hit send.

We need the Senate to reverse the potentially devastating effects that could be caused on the arts that the FY 2011 appropriations bill passed by the House today. The customizable Media Alert is a fast and easy way to communicate your support for the NEA to local media outlets and help show your U.S. Senators why the NEA is an important grant-making agency in your state.

Please use this next week to write letters to the editor or op-ed pieces about this devastating cut. Don't stop with your letter - ask board members, friends and family to do the same.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Further NEA Cuts Proposed

from Citizens for the Arts in PA:

We've just learned that two members of Congress have introduced amendments to further cut, and terminate, funding from the National Endowment for the Arts during consideration of the FY 2011 appropriations measure. Your member in the U.S. House, Rep. Charlie Dent, a key GOP member with a solid record of support for the arts, has voted against amendments like this previously, and we hope you will urge another “No” vote.

As you may recall from our E-Alerts last week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering major cuts to federal programs this week. In the bill they're considering, the NEA will be reduced from $167.5 million to $145 million. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has introduced an amendment to further cut that amount by $20.5 milllion from the NEA budget. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) has introduced an amendment to terminate funding to the NEA immediately in this fiscal year. Both amendments are in line to be considered this week.

PLEASE take two minutes right now to contact Rep. Charlie Dent and request a voteagainst those amendments -- you can use our customized E-Advocacy Center to send that message.

Please spread this message to other arts advocates in your congressional district. Thank you for your arts advocacy!
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today--it's free and simple.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

deeper cuts to arts funding

Since we sent you the alert last night about the funding cuts being proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) the situation has worsened. Overnight, the House Appropriations Committee made even deeper cuts to the NEA and dozens of other programs and agencies. The proposed cut to the NEA is now set at $22.5 million (yesterday it was $12 million) which would represent the largest cut to that agency in 16 years.
A key paragraph in today’s Washington Post story covering these budget cuts explains what is happening: The Republican Study Committee, “Its ranks swollen with enthusiastic freshman who have never taken calls from constituents angry about loss of a favored program…threatened to oppose the package on the House floor next week unless deeper cuts were adopted.” It is quite possible these members of the Republican Study Committee will offer amendments to fully eliminate the NEA during floor consideration. We need you to send a message to your Members calling on them to reject these cuts to the NEA because they will negatively affect the district back home.
By taking two minutes today to send a customizable message via our E-Advocacy Center, we will automatically send letters on your behalf to both your Senators and your House Representative. This will ensure that your voice will be heard by Members of Congress (especially freshmen members), who are now assessing their constituents’ viewpoints on these budget cuts.
Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Arts Funding Cuts?

From Citizens for the Arts in PA (2/11/11):

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) faces a reduction of approximately $12 million to the current year's appropriation in a Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package that will be presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative early next week. This would bring the current year appropriation to $155 million. Deeper cuts could be made to the NEA appropriation through the inclusion of amendments that can be offered to the CR on the House floor.

Americans for the Arts and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania is urging you to take two minutes today to send an e-mail to your members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation expressing your concern about additional cuts beyond those offered in the CR. Americans for the Arts has created an e-mail template for your use to make it easier to contact your Representatives.

Take two minutes, right now, to send that e-mail.




Jenny L. Hershour

Managing Director

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Poetry Event in Manayunk on Sunday 2/13


DRAFT MRAC Hosts Valentine’s Haiku Program

Manayunk, PA (February 3, 2011) Celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center will host “The Heart of Haiku and Other Japanese Forms” on Sunday, February 13th from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Facilitated by award-winning poets Elizabeth Bodien and Marilyn Hazelton, the program will include the history and techniques of haiku, tanka and related forms, followed by an open mike. Participants will be encouraged to read their own haiku or tanka, or to read Japanese-style poems from books and journals that will be available on that day.

The world of haiku and tanka is expanding each year. These forms and others appear in online and print journals in Europe, Africa, India, Australia, as well as in Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Participants in “The Heart of Haiku…” will take away a list of resources for reading and for publishing their work if they wish to continue in this field.

Elizabeth Bodien, Kempton, Pennsylvania, has had poems in Frogpond, Ribbons, red lights, Contemporary Haibun Online, Magnapoets, Eucalypt, Ribbons, bottle rockets, American Tanka, Modern English Tanka, Atlas Poetica, among other publications. Her most recent poetry collection isEndpapers (Finishing Line Press, 2011).

Rostered as a poet with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2000, Marilyn Hazelton teaches poetry in public and private schools in Pennsylvania. Her work includes residencies or readings in France, Japan and Morocco. Her writings include poetry, art reviews, op-eds and book reviews published regionally, nationally and internationally. She is editor of the tanka journal, red lights.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, is the coordinator of the M/RAC Reading Series and is Editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal.

The afternoon literary series at the M/RAC started in the fall of1990. There is a $4 donation and, of course, refreshments are provided. For information about the program, call the MAC at 215-482-3363.

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center

419 Green Lane (rear)

Philadelphia, PA 19128

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Artist in Residence Opportunity

Information reposted from the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers month long Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunities for visual artists, composers, playwrights/screenwriters, and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Longer residencies are available for ceramic artists. The AIR sessions generally occur during the months of June, July, August, and September. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's goal is to provide solitude in a community and uninterrupted time in which to concentrate on creative work alongside fellow artists. Opened in 1903, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1979 for its architectural and historical significance. It is located in the Catskill Mountains, 1.5 miles from the center of Woodstock, New York.

For more information or to apply, please go to

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.