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SAMA creates signs in appreciation for healthcare workers

Courtesy photos The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art announced the display signs with individual works of art created by SAMA teaching artists Deb Bunnell (pictured) and Amy Roadman in honor of local area healthcare workers.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art announced the display signs with individual works of art created by SAMA teaching artists Deb Bunnell and Amy Roadman in honor of local area healthcare workers.

These signs will be placed around UPMC Altoona for workers to view as they are going into the hospital.

SAMA has continued offering education programs by posting virtual programs through social media, YouTube and on its website.

SAMA has been dedicated to continually providing ways to keep its artists working and to engage its constituents.

Bunnell said, “This was such a creative idea for a residency project — creating paintings that would function both as encouraging signs for our healthcare workers and as subjects of teaching videos.

“I had not done videos before, and I had fun putting them together, to get across painting concepts in an interesting way.”

SAMA is one of 14 organizations across the state that formally partners with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) to administeran Arts in Education program.

SAMA leverages funds provided by the Commonwealth to support in-depth arts experiences for youth and adults within Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.

This project was made possible through this partnership.

Jaimie Dunlap, chief of creative catalysts and lifelong learning at the PCA, said, “With the necessary shift to virtual environments, PCA understands the importance of supporting the AIE Partners to make the necessary adjustments to their AIE residency programming. With that in mind, PCA has provided more flexibility on our residency requirements to allow for a variety of new and unique settings.”

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto is at 112 Franciscan Way. The hours of operation are noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The museum is open to the public free of charge.

For more information, visit www.sama-art.org or call 472-3920.

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