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Richard Reilly, Metropolis Collective’s owner, is describing his gallery and performance space.  The question of “making what happen?” can be answered in a visit to the space tucked between store fronts on Mechanicsburg’s Main Street.  But I’ll save you the suspense, Reilly’s intention with the space is to shake things up.  By his own estimation of things, “Everywhere you go, there are splintered subcultures, and it is our intention to give them a place to find each other.

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Keystone Musical Arts Center

Keystone Musical Arts Center

When the Keystone Musical Arts Center opens its doors, students will come from far and wide to either hone their musical chops, begin learning a new instrument from scratch or even train with their friends to refine their interplay as a rock band.

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Gamut Theatre Group Expands

Gamut Theatre Group Expands

Count the Gamut’s relocation as an achievement not just for the organization, but for the arts and the Harrisburg region itself.

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Brain Vessel

Brain Vessel

Forget the gallery of artwork from nationally recognized artists, ignore the nautically themed playing cards and “pea”-inspired cartoons, put aside the fascinating retail space complete with a walk-in art installation of mind-bending visuals, and Brain Vessel is, above all, a nascent collective of artists and big ideas.

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Rainbow Vision Stained Glass

Rainbow Vision Stained Glass

Over 15 years ago, Haunstein took her first class at Rainbow Vision Stained Glass in Harrisburg. That one class led to another and another, and then two years into her training, the late Michael Johnston, then owner of the company, recognized her skill in and dedication to the craft and asked if she’d be interested in teaching a class for him. She has been a stained-glass enthusiast ever since, teaching classes, creating custom works, repairing antiques for customers and publishing books of her own on the topic.

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The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg

The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg

From its humble beginnings in a Mechanicsburg church basement in 1954, The Art Center School and Galleries has expanded through the years to occupy a number of unique locations, including a space known as “The Egg House,” where farmers used to bring their eggs for sale, and a grocery store.

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AIGA Central Pennsylvania

AIGA Central Pennsylvania

AIGA is a century-old institution comprised of members who practice graphic design, typography, interaction design, branding and identity. Think Mad Men without the glitz and glamor. McKenna has been a member of its Harrisburg-based chapter since 2009, and he has seen its member base grow to a burgeoning 180 members. He presides over the chapter during its celebratory 10th year.

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Susquehanna Art Museum

Susquehanna Art Museum

For much of the Susquehanna Art Museum’s (SAM) existence, it lived like an orphan, untethered to a space of its own. Nearly 20 years after its inception, the museum has completed a bold refurbishing and reconstruction of the place it now calls a permanent home in Harrisburg’s Midtown district.

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HMAC Progress Report

HMAC Progress Report

With the first phase of the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC) nearing completion in the early months of 2015, it is hard to believe that the project, which has cost well over $5 million, is actually going to reach fruition.

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The 2015 Arts Awards

The 2015 Arts Awards

If you’ve ever watched an awards show, you know what to expect – a self-aggrandizing host, never-ending acceptance speeches and a glossy video or brief performance or two to break up the monotony.  Ultimately, everything worth seeing can be whittled down to a TMZ headline and a choice video clip making its rounds on YouTube and social media. But if past presentations are any indication, on Sunday, May 31, the Arts Awards will elevate two deserving honorees in a vastly different way.   A successful event by any measure, the awards show is heading into its 23rd year, and it remains as vital today as it was when it had first begun by placing the focus of the awards show on the “show” itself. Theatre Harrisburg, formerly Harrisburg Community...

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Art matters from a financial, cultural vibrancy and economic growth perspective, and ultimately it affects the quality of life for those with access to it. It's the visceral impact of the arts that hits hard and lingers long:  the way that an indelible image may worm its imprint into your eye and then mind and then dreams.  The forlorn droop of a melody, and the sign of resignation from a local trumpet player's final note. The unbearably gorgeous and aching silence of the final scene of a film shot in our region.  Every one of these offerings exists here in the midstate, and beats strong with art, and we must support it.

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