Area arts programs receive Partners grants

State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that four area organizations have received Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grants.

The Steel City Blues Society, the Harmony for Peace Foundation, the Oxford Area Senior Centerís artist-in-residence program and the Renaissance Academyís After School Ballet program have been selected for grants of up to $3,000 for their innovative, community-based arts programs.

The Steel City Blues Society is based in Phoenixville and annually holds its Phoenixville Blues Festival. The Harmony for Peace Foundation of Tredyffrin seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding through the arts through programs such as September 21ís International Peace Day concert at the Kimmel Center. The Oxford Area Senior Center brings in artists for weekly painting classes for senior citizens. The Renaissance Academyís ballet program is free and open to the schoolís K-12 students.

ďThe arts add to the special quality of life we enjoy in Chester County, be it a local blues concert or weekly painting classes at the area senior center,Ē Dinniman said. ďThese grants help make such programs a reality.Ē


For questions or additional information, pleaset Senator Dinnimanís District Office at 610-692-2112 or e-mail