Collaborating for the Arts

Collaborating for the Arts


Davie Gilmour: As Henry Ford said and I quote,
“Coming together is the beginning, staying together is a process and working together
is success.” Narrator: A Williamsport trio anticipates
much success with a collaboration to enhance the arts in north-central Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming
College and the Community Arts Center have signed an agreement that will lead to more
performing arts, academic and community outreach events at the 2,100 seat theatre. Davie Gilmour: In fact, it’s a significant
step for us where we can collaborate on an academic level, on a community level and in
particular when it comes to arts and culture in our community which is one of our biggest
community assets. Kent Trachte: This is a very exciting moment
for us. When I took office three years ago, one of
the charges the trustees gave me was to develop a set of strategies for Lycoming College to
become more connected and integrated into the community. Bill Martin: I was approached by a member
of our board who also serves on the board of directors for Lycoming College, Frank Pellegrino,
who suggested that a collaborative effort involving the Arts Center and both colleges
might be something that would be beneficial for everyone, including the community. And I think there is a great halo effect for
the community. Narrator: The 23-year-old Arts Center is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Penn College. The agreement increases Lycoming’s access
to the downtown staple for its acclaimed music program and other majors related to the performing
arts. Kent Trachte: We also see the possibilities
in terms of lectures, in terms of film series and we’re just beginning to understand what
those possibilities might be but we’re just very excited to be partnering with the CAC
and Penn College on this. Narrator: The agreement calls for the Arts
Center to waive rental fees for Lycoming, which in turn will make an annual financial
contribution. The colleges may also jointly sponsor performances
and student events. A committee representing all three entities
will oversee the collaboration. Davie Gilmour: The Arts Center is integral
for what we do at Penn College and Penn College is integral to the Arts Center. Kent Trachte: I see this as another move that
will help to enrich the arts culture because we’ll be able to add the talents of our students
and faculty to the great offerings that already exist at the Community Arts Center. And more people in the region and the community
will have the opportunity to see that. Narrator: The Arts Center has attracted nearly
1.5 million patrons for its 1,000-plus productions since its opening in 1993. Bill Martin: And I believe it’s been a catalyst
for what I call an emerging very lively arts scene in the Williamsport area. Kent Trachte: You just don’t expect to see
something of this elegance, this incredible architecture located in a city in north-central
Pennsylvania. It’s a treasure and a gem for our community. Davie Gilmour: The Arts Center is a really
important fixture in our community and with this relationship with Lycoming it will continue
to thrive. (Applause)
Narrator: For PCToday, I’m Tom Speicher

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