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It is with great pride and excitement that The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown announces its’ 2017 Scholarship Search! The mission of The Polish Arts Club is to perpetuate and promote the rich arts and culture of Poland to include the study of literature, music, drama, and fine arts which we have been joyfully doing here in The Mahoning Valley and beyond since 1935. We are especially proud that our historic organization just completed our 81st year, and The PAC officers lead the club in a year-long rollout of activities promoting our proud Polish heritage and now we look to the future as we kickoff year 82! Amazing! As part of that future and as education is an integral piece of our Club’s focus, we are especially proud to announce THE POLISH ARTS CLUB 2017 SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH! Countless students from a variety of backgrounds and interests have been the recipients of our Club’s Scholarship Awards over the years to include myself. This year it COULD BE YOU! Please find attached below a scholarship application which is a 1 page document that includes an essay question. It should be completed and returned to our SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR, HELEN COPICH DURFLINGER, at h.durflinger@gmail.com by FEBRUARY 25th. The requirements to apply are listed on the application. Please note you do NOT have to be of Polish descent OR be majoring in the arts. If you have any further questions in regard to the application or the scholarship process, please contact HELEN COPICH DURFLINGER directly at the same email or by calling me at the number below. Lastly, please note The Scholarship Awards will be given out at our Annual Scholarship Tea on Sunday, March 5th @ 1 PM at The Butler Museum of American Art (Butler North). It will be an extra special occasion this year as enter our 82nd year in existence by hosting our 81st Scholarship Tea and honor “The Year of Kosciuszko,” as well as, our long friendship with the museum. The Tea is free and open to the public and we encourage ALL of you to attend and bring your friends to enjoy this afternoon of great Polish arts & culture! I hope YOU will consider applying for this worthwhile scholarship OR pass the information on to a worthy candidate! The Scholarship Awards & Tea is certainly is one of our Club’s most treasured traditions, and is a very important part of what we have been busy doing these last 82 years…PROUDLY perpetuating and promoting our proud Polish culture in The Mahoning Valley and beyond! I hope YOU will ALL join in on this very worthwhile effort! Zapraszamy i dziękujemy! Sandra~ #ThePolishArtsClub #Scholarship #TimeForTea#ProudtToBePolish #LookWhos82#82NeverLookedSoGood #PromotingPolishCulture#PolArtsYtown Sandra Cika President The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown 202 297 0362 cell 330 759 2505 home stcika@aol.com

The Collective Palette Studio is currently seeking working artists to share their business experience with Studio members by becoming a guest speaker. Collective Palette is a collaboration of four local agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing a studio and gallery space to allow Collective Palette artists to create and sell their works.  The Studio and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County is applying for a grant from the Ohio Arts Council. This grant will support artists from the Studio by providing art classes, supplies and the opportunity to engage with working artists in our community through a lecture and presentation series.  Collective Palette is seeking artists who own their own business, have a developmental disability, or simply have experience selling art  to serve as a guest artist / speaker. Guest artists will be asked to share their experiences as working artists with a focus on operating their business.  Topics of interest include marketing, exhibiting, selling and making art. Speakers will be compensated for providing a thirty-minute lecture, accompanied by a thirty minute question and answer segment. Any interested artists please respond by email to Julia Shuttic at jastaj7@gmail.com by March 6, 2017

Last weekend three of area’s largest charity events occurred on the same night.  Maybe there was good reason for that happening.  Maybe it was by coincidence.  I suspect that the end result was less than satisfactory to at least one of the organizations if not all three.  The Mahoning Valley is an area of limited resources.  On that night…the pie was divided in three. So it is with the arts and culture organizations in the Mahoning Valley.  We are an area rich in arts and culture history and infra-structure.  Our facilities are equal to or better than areas with three or more times the population.  The concentration in a 15 mile radius of auditoriums and galleries and theaters is mind boggling.  But the limited population is problematic.  Like the three charity events from last weekend, the arts and culture organizations are competing with each other for scarce resources. That is what makes Power of the Arts so important.  POA is not an Arts Council.  It is an organization designed to facilitate the arts and culture community in the Mahoning Valley by providing support promotional services in a unified manner, acting to foster communication between the groups, make sure one group knows what the other is doing, look for areas where joint cooperation might benefit participating organizations,  and provide information and educational opportunities to help our organizations.  Most importantly, POA is an advocate for the arts locally and at the state and federal levels. We want to make sure the Mahoning Valley gets its share of whatever resources may be available to us, and to look for new ways to fund local organizations. Those of us who live in the Mahoning Valley understand the history of all of these organizations.  When competing for scarce resources, it becomes a tough environment very quickly. It becomes a zero sum game where there is only one winner and the rest are left scrambling.  The key to success is cooperation, communication, and participation.  That is the goal of Power of the Arts.  Building Community within our arts and culture organizations and the Valley as a whole.  Most importantly, Power of the Arts understands the role of small organizations and individual artists that serve as the seeds for this area’s continual growing pool of talent.  These grass roots folks and organizations cover the gambit from art to music to theater to jazz to writing to just about anything.  These are the folks and organizations that need to be nurtured and allowed to thrive.  Power of the Arts believes these folks are the foundation of our community.  It will work hard to help them. Fund raising, holding events, selling tickets, and looking for ways to support your passion does not have to be a zero sum game.  It does not have to be three charitable events happening on the same night to each one’s detriment as opposed to each one’s benefit.  That is the goal of Power of the Arts…working for the whole of the arts and culture community.  Working to make the Valley a great place to live and enjoy the flavor of life.  Yes…Power of the Arts matters. 

Photo 2017 – A Juried Photography Exhibition DeShawn Scott – SpotLight Exhibit DeShawn Scott is a Northeast Ohio based entrepreneur, artist, educator, and public speaker. For the past 20 years, photography has been his source for both a creative and artistic outlet. DeShawn served as juror for Photo 2017. March 11 – April 15, 2017 Opening RECEPTION: Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 7:00-9:00p.m  DeShawn Scott

February 18, 2017 | 8:00 pm | Edward W. Powers Auditorium It’s a journey back to the rock hits of the 70s and 80s with Rob Evans & Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), as well as LaKisha Jones (American Idol) and the Youngstown Connection. Featured is the music of such rock icons as Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Queen and many more. Concert is underwritten in part by PNC. Call or visit the box office to purchase tickets during regular business hours, or follow the link to the right to buy online 24/7. All tickets are reserved seating.