Winter greetings Members and Friends of the Arts Community. Year One under my leadership is now in the books and the Board of Directors and staff at the Pocono Arts Council are in the planning stages for Year Two. The theme for 2019 will be “Revisiting and Restructuring.”
We have served the community faithfully since 1975 and upon entering our 45th year, we have taken a microscope to the annual budget, looked closely at our delivery of programs and services, and have determined that changes will need to be made to our operations starting in March 2019.
We received news recently that the PA Partners in the Arts re-granting program will soon be re-districting; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has made an initial announcement that Monroe County will now fall under the Lehigh Valley region starting in FY 2020. Monroe County has traditionally been part of the Northeast region along with Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, and Wayne counties. The Pocono Arts Council has served as the granting partner for the region since 1997, bringing operating dollars that will no longer be available to us if we are not the partner agency. Add to that, the potential impact of the Interstate 80 project on the downtown region which forces us to reimagine who we are in the community and how to continue to fulfill our mission: providing leadership, service, education, and promotion of the cultural arts.
We will focus our efforts this year on establishing increased partnerships in the community to deliver all over the region, rather than operating only in our central downtown Stroudsburg location.
Thank you for your support in the past, in the present, and in the future, and stay tuned for announcements regarding our next steps as we navigate these waters over the next year. We are always appreciative when people reach out to lend a hand.
Please contact me, if you’re interested in helping us plan our future.
In order to cut costs, we are putting the paper mailing of the newsletter on hiatus beginning in March. Instead, we will email you the link to the March newsletter and you can scroll through it or opt to print out a copy at home. As always, current and past issues are posted online and can be accessed at any time online. Paper copies will be available for pickup at the council office.