October 1 starts the beginning of a new fiscal year for the Pocono Arts Council and the beginning of a new directorship, as well. After 25 years of dedicated service, Executive Director Laura Goss has made plans to retire, and I am fortunate to be able to pick up the reins and continue the good works that the council has set in motion, since 1975.
My name is Julie Golin and I look forward to meeting you and working with you to promote arts and culture in the Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania.
At the moment, our organization is comprised of 502 members, with additional support from area corporations and businesses that generously provide in-kind services. As is the case with most not-for-profit organizations, our budget is tight, and we will be reaching out to the community with a membership drive and end-of-year appeal to encourage participation and support of our local arts community. It’s a proven fact that a robust arts and cultural atmosphere creates a strong, healthy community and has a positive economic impact on the entire region – for residents, businesses and tourists.
Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 year, Pocono Arts Council will offer a wide array of activities for you to participate in and enjoy.
With your support we can continue to offer:
- Monthly themed exhibitions and opening receptions at the ARTSPACE Gallery, including an annual Members’ Exhibition in May
- Art classes taught by talented, experienced teachers, including drawing, oil painting, acrylic painting, and watercolor painting in our in-house studio
- The popular Holiday Store in the Gallery Shop, November 25-January 5
- Nationally-curated shows like “Earth Speaks IV,” April 6-28
- Participation in the national and regional art contest, #ArtPopPocono, featuring full-sized billboards of winning artists’ work throughout the Pocono region
- Rotating displays every two months of local artists’ work in eight public galleries in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg
- Cooperation with the NCC Dunning Gallery to present three shows per year
- Special event fundraising activities like the Mac and Cheese Bake-off in the Fall and “Spring for the Arts” Auction in May
- The Festival of Wood in Milford, PA in August
- The Pocono State Craft Festival in August
As I immerse myself in learning about how things were accomplished in the past, I’d also like to look to the future to explore new ideas and programming possibilities. To do that, I request your help and would love to gather a network of individuals willing to donate some of their time to join a committee and/or work on specific projects throughout the year. I am particularly interested in forming a “Spring for the Arts” auction committee as soon as possible. Give me a call or email me at email@example.com, and we can chat about what skills you have and what you’d like to do. Computer skills, anyone?
Special thanks to Laura Goss, staff members Tassy Gilbert and Carolyn Hetherington, and to the board members of the Poconos Arts Council for welcoming me and easing me through this transition. Thanks also to Darice and Matt Pauselius at FullCup.Co for the up-to-date redesign of our website, www.poconoarts.org. Be sure to take a moment to explore the interactive nature of the site, get involved and pass the word.
Let’s work together to continue our mission to support and encourage arts and culture in our community. See you around!
Eino was a long time artist member of PoconoArts who created one of the beautiful trout for the Trout Trails & Tails project in 2008.
Kitty was director of the council’s Arts in Education Residency Program for many years, placing professional artists in schools throughout the region. Both Eino and Kitty contributed greatly to the artist community of the Poconos.