Rapp, Causer Announce Arts Grants for McKean County
Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) today announced nearly $20,000 in state grants have been awarded to 11 arts-oriented programs in McKean County.
“We are fortunate to have a variety of programs in the area celebrate the arts and give people the opportunity to learn about them," Causer said. “The arts really do help enrich our lives."
“I am always impressed by the number of opportunities people of all ages here in McKean County have to get involved in the arts,” Rapp said. “These grants represent a worthwhile investment by the state in our quality of life.”
The grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Elk County Council on the Arts.
Two area organizations received grants for recurring operating expenses. The Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center received $6,314 for support of its 2007-08 season, and First Night Bradford received $2,263 for its 2008 event.
Additional organizations received grants for specific projects. The grants were awarded as follows: 
  • Kane Area Revitalization Committee -- $1,875 for Art in the Wilds, an outdoor, juried fine arts show in which artists display and sell their handmade, original art pieces.
  • Bradford Little Theater -- $1,425 for its Young Dramatist Contest, which is open to regional high school students.
  • Kane Area Community Center -- $913 to collaborate with a local artist or artists to create a family friendly “mural room” at the center.
  • Kane Depot Preservation Society -- $957 for its “Looking Up" exhibit, a visual arts exhibit designed to provide incentive for local artists and build pride in Kane community.
  • McKean County Cooperative Extension -- $358 for a photograph workshop that will review the history of photography, elements of quality pictures, picture-taking opportunities, evaluation and editing of images, matting and an exhibition of finished work.
  • Mountain Laurel Harmonizers, Bradford Chapter -- $520 for general expenses incurred in the group’s 2007-08 season. The group provides free performances at personal care homes, nursing homes, senior living facilities and public outdoor venues.
  • Port Allegany Women’s Club -- $990 to support its summer concert series, which offers a diverse selection of musical family-style entertainment at the town gazebo.
  • University of Pittsburg at Bradford Arts Program -- $1,917 for the 2007-08 subscription series that includes The Winter’s Tale; Cherryholmes, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band and Little Women.
  • YMCA of Bradford -- $1,622 to support dance classes covering nine different disciplines over a nine-month period for participants of all ages. 

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a statewide organization whose mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.

Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(717) 787-5075
Contact: Patricia A. Hippler
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9846
Rep. Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 787-1367
Contact: Ty McCauslin
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 772-9979