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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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River City Blues Club and Dart Room

River City Blues Club and Dart Room

River City Blues Club and Dart Room is based on the premise that people will come to Harrisburg from surrounding communities for a reasonably priced night out on the town if they are going to be treated to the passionate and uncompromising performances of accomplished musicians.

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Swing Dance in Central Pa.

Swing Dance in Central Pa.

We can thank Central PA Swing Dance Club (CPSDC) and its vibrant and energetic cadre of volunteers for their passionate and inexhaustible efforts to bring the gift of swing to the masses. And judging by attendance, those both young and old love it.

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Local Record Stores

Local Record Stores

Beside the tattoo parlor, beneath a clutch of two-room rental units, two doors down from a nascent art gallery and in the back room at your local café, there are those who have been working diligently to gather a finely curated collection of crated vinyl for you to buy. And I contend that you should.

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The Makespace

The Makespace

In 2012, Liz Laribee, who spearheaded The MakeSpace collective project, was working as the events coordinator at the Midtown Scholar while searching out a location for a proper studio in which to create her own art. With the help of her landlord, WCI Partners, Laribee found the perfect location in this abandoned property. And with the help of her equally art-enthused partners, Catherine Rios, Amanda Owens and a number of others, she spent a month repurposing the space as the region’s grass-roots arts incubator.

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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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