Children’s Book Festival lauded by the PA Council on the Arts

JOHNSTOWN – The Learning Lamp’s Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown has been named one of the best arts projects across the state by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

At a recent news conference in Harrisburg, PCA executive director Phillip Horn recognized 13 organizations whose arts-related projects were selected from hundreds of Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Projects statewide. The Children’s Book Festival was among the top four finalists.

“I am delighted to recognize these organizations. This is the first year the Council has selected the most outstanding PPA Projects to represent the talent, achievements and contributions of the arts to the life of the Commonwealth,” said Horn. “The selection of the ‘Best of the Best’ provides recognition for the important role of arts support provided by state government.”

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts is the Arts Council’s regional re-granting program. It engages 13 regional partners to promote and review applications and award small grants to a wide variety of local and community arts programs and projects.

The Learning Lamp’s Children’s Book Festival has been a recipient of PPA funding through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance since 2010.

“We value the support of the PA Rural Arts Alliance and the opportunity the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program has provided The Learning Lamp to promote reading and children’s literature,” said Leah Spangler, executive director of The Learning Lamp. “With each passing year, we have been able to attract a higher caliber of authors and illustrators to Johnstown to help bring books alive for children and enable them to experience the arts in a very interactive and personal way.”

The 2014 festival, which was held in April with guest authors that included Gail Carson Levine, Debbie Dadey and author/illustrator James Warhola. Planning is underway for next year’s event.

PCA is a state agency under the Office of the Governor, whose mission it is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.

The council formed the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts in 1997, to expand the availability of state arts dollars and encourage and support local decision-making.

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