Arts & Culture CSP: 

Focus on the Arts

CHAIRMAN

Kathy Cassel
914 Broad Street, Perkasie, PA 18944-2947

215.249.93021    kathymcassel@gmail.com

Literature Contest Chairman    Carol Bogar
106 Brindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

717.697.8922  cbogar@bogarlaw.com

Member Crafts Chairman      Colleen Hoch
835 Blattadahl Road, Mohrsville, PA 19541-9213

610.488.7439  or 610.741.3154 HOCHJC@aol.com

Arts Contest Chairman              Kathy Cassel
914 Broad Street, Perkasie, PA 18944-2947

215.249.93021    kathymcassel@gmail.com

Photography Contest Chairman  Nicole Clapper-Bettwy          526 S. Terrace Drive, Altoona 16602

814-935-4143 softballswimmer@aol.com

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN

Northwestern:  Marianne Heck
1429 W. 26th Street, Erie 16508

814.873.9603              m_heck@neo.it.com

Norma McClay
19684 Collier Drive, Meadville, PA 16335-9678

814.333.9299 normamcclay@zoominternet.net

Northeastern: Carolyn Smith
6 N. Riverview Avenue, Columbia, NJ 07832

908.475.5627 carolyns411@embarqmail.com

North Central:                      Cindy Troutman-Myers        581 Frederick Dr, Watsontown 17777-8053

570.538.2353; ctmyers@ptd.net

South Central Co-Chairman: Jane Nighbert
2426 Clover Drive, Mechanicsburg 17055

717.979.7610     jnighbert@yahoo.com

Emily Schwartz                        2392 Rolling Hills Drive, Mechanicsburg 17055

717.790.9847 e.schwartz14@verizon.net

Southeastern: Carol Bremner
826 Halvorsen Drive, West Chester 19382

610-696-5679      cabremner@verizon.net

Southwestern: Becky Plymale
231 N. McKean Street, Butler, PA 16001-4939

724.290.4236    beckynbucky@zoominternet.net

Arts & Culture CSP:

Focus on the Arts

The Arts Community Service Program is divided into two areas of specialization collaboration and Partnership.

  • The Collaboration area focuses on club projects that are inspired, developed and implemented independent of any partnership with and outside organization. An example would be the crafts contest throughout the state. In short any project that is done locally to enhance the Arts falls into this catagory.

  • Partnerships are programs and projects that a club carries out on behalf ot the national or international level organizations with which GFWC has a formal relationship or partnership. An example would be the photography contests where the rules and guidelines are set forth by GFWC.

CONTEST DEADLINES

All contests to be completed by the following dates:

  • Club Deadlines: February 27, 2021

  • County Deadlines: March 6, 2021

  • District Deadlines: March 27, 2021

Please Note: Each district may have additional contests in addition to the GFWC Pennsylvania sponsored contests. Any questions regarding district contests should be directed to your District Arts Chairman.

Suggested Project Ideas

Be inspired by this list of ideas of how GFWC clubs can support the Arts and Culture Community Service Program. 

  • Make homemade holiday cards for nursing home residents or Meals on Wheels recipients. 
  • Hold a recycled art contest for art projects made using recycled materials. 
  • Work with your Chamber of Commerce and/or Tourist Commission to create a map of your community with pictures/drawings and descriptions of historic sites, monuments, and points of interest. Print it and distribute to your Chamber of Commerce, tourist center, library, town hall, and other prime locations. Include club contact information. Create an “Our Town is Great” map of your community with pictures/ drawings and descriptions of historic sites, monuments, and points of interest. Print it and distribute to your Chamber of Commerce, library, town hall, and other prime locations. Include club contact information. 
  • Host an art supply drive within your club. Contact local schools, daycare centers, and/or community centers to see what is needed. 
  • Be crafty – make homemade gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or other occasions. 
  • Be creative – design and decorate a garden. 
  • Help build, paint, and decorate a Little Free Library. 
  • Provide artwork and help decorate a reading nook at the library, a local laundromat, or other location in your community. 
  • Donate books with an art theme to the public library, a school library, or a Little Free Library. 
  • Donate seasonal and holiday-themed coloring sheets for children at schools and libraries. 
  • Donate art books, sketch books, coloring books, crayons, and other art supplies to hospitals, doctor/clinic waiting rooms, and shelters. 
  • Hold a “Chalk the Walk” contest for elementary school children on sidewalks in front of a municipal building library, elementary school, or other public venue. Choose a theme and have your club supply the chalk and ribbons for the winners.
  • “Hire” student jazz combos, string quartets, or even the whole band to perform at club events. 
  • Hold a fundraiser to purchase a large piece of equipment for your local schools’ art, music, or drama departments, such as a potter’s wheel, kiln, microphones, or technology. 
  • Work with local Girl Scouts or Juniorette clubs to foster a safe Halloween by offering free face painting to children before they trick or treat. 
  • Attend public art displays, plays, and concerts as part of a social event for your club. 
  • Visit or hold a club meeting at an art gallery, museum, local cultural center, or tourist center. 
  • Explore museums online with Google Arts and Culture or visit Art Galleries and Art Museums through their websites for virtual gallery tours.  
  • Develop an art scavenger hunt at a local or online museum for your members or students. Select items for participants to find and snap photos (if allowed) or document the location in a notebook. Discuss the art pieces after the hunt. 
  • Organize a weekly or monthly market in your community for local artists and crafters to display and sell their work. 
  • Use member art or children’s art for club cookbook covers, greeting cards, program covers, etc. 
  • Hold a holiday centerpiece/wreath-making workshop at a local florist as a club program. 
  • Decorate a city park or municipal plaza for holidays and/or the seasons.
  • Sponsor ads in local theatre or school theatre playbills.
  • Sponsor an author visit to your local library
  • Establish scholarships for students studying the arts such as literature, drama, or music. This could be to attend an arts school or summer camp. 
  • Establish awards that acknowledge the artistic achievements of club and community members. 
  • “Love the Police, Bus Drivers, Firefighters, or Veterans” – Assist local elementary students in making Valentine cards for town police, bus drivers, firefighters, and veterans. 
  • Include a category in Art Contests that is specific to special needs children. Many times, these students never receive recognition for their creativity.
  • Establish and support artist-in-residence programs and artist speakers. 
  • Feature art created by children with disabilities during Special Olympics. 
  • Establish and support artist-in-residence programs and artist speakers.
  • Establish and/or facilitate an art therapy program at a local nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • Volunteer at your local schools to assist with or establish an art program for students.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”

 Albert Einstein

Join a Club Near You

Reach out to our membership chairman for help finding a club near you.

For general inquiries, contact Headquarters below or the Chairman of a specific program or advancement area.

GFWC Pennsylvania Headquarters

4076 Market Street, Ste 211
Camp Hill, PA 17011-4200

T: 717-901-5095
gfwcpaclubs@comcast.net

Membership Chairman

Mary Fenstermacher
4348 Wendy Way
Schwenksville, PA 19473-2093

T: 610.489.2937  m80fenstermacher@gmail.com

GFWC Headquarters

1734 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

T:  202-347-3168
F:  202-835-0246
www.gfwc.org