The Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF) and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) are pleased to announce 17 grant awards totaling $50,000 to support local nonprofit organizations that support and provide arts and cultural programming in the capital region.

“We’re thrilled to continue this wonderful partnership that furthers arts and cultural programs in our region,” said TFEC President and CEO Janice R. Black. “The organizations that receive these grants offer a great deal of value and work to ensure that all individuals, especially those that are underserved, have an opportunity to enjoy and engage in creative and cultural programming.”

The “Arts for All” Partnership grants increase access to the arts in the capital region by funding free public performances for families, ticket subsidy programs that fill houses, innovative programs that engage and build young audiences and educational outreach programs. Funding priority is given to programs that increase arts engagement and access among diverse audiences, underserved and/or economically disadvantaged communities.

“This partnership allows TFEC and CEF to further our reach into the community and provide opportunities to families and individuals that may not have had access to the arts before,” Executive Director of the Cultural Enrichment Fund Chad Barger stated.  “The programs and organizations that have been awarded funds represent smart investments that will provide our community with vibrant and diverse art and cultural programs for everyone to enjoy.”

The CEF is the capital region’s united arts fund. Its mission is to advance and sustain a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural life in the Capital Region. To learn more about the Cultural Enrichment Fund please visit

TFEC is a community foundation which aims to stimulate philanthropy and enhance the quality of life in the community through accumulating, managing, and disbursing financial assets while serving as a catalyst and neutral convener to meet a wide range of community needs in south central Pennsylvania. For more information on TFEC, please visit

The following is a list of grant recipients, the amount of funding and a brief description of the projects.

  • Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro Inc. – $1,000 for Destination ARTS! a program which focuses on creating a distinct and welcoming arts community in downtown Waynesboro, PA.
  • Bosler Memorial Library – $4,300 for the Music at Bosler program, which increases community outreach through music entertainment and as an additional venue for local and regional musicians.
  • Capital Region Arts and Education – $2,500 for The CASA Master Class project, which will serve approximately 200 high school students at CASA in six art disciplines through enhanced art exposures led by Master Artists.
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center Inc. – $5,000, for ArtWorks! an afterschool program for middle and high school students that encourages creative solutions to problem solving and builds leadership skills.
  • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – $3,750 for Teen Night at the Ballet, a collaboration with Jump Street that increases teen access to the performing arts.
  • Gretna Productions Inc. – $2,500 for OUTREACH 2016/2017, which brings productions of historical significance directly to schools and organizations.
  • Harrisburg Men’s Chorus – $1,500 for A Kitschy Christmas, a light hearted holiday themed concert that will embrace the diverse community of Central PA.
  • Market Square Concerts – $3,200 for Market Square Concerts’ Soundscape Educational Outreach Program, which provides educational music outreach through educational and performance components.
  • Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art – $5,000 for its 2017 presentation of “Shakespeare in the Woods” and correlating student program.
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg – $4,000 for OSHKids#2, an extension of its OSHKids Performance Company and Music Theater Workshop, to be held during the 2016-17 season.
  • Pennsylvania Regional Ballet – $3,000 for R.A.I.S.E. Program (Refined Arts Inspire Successful Education) which engages 5th graders through dance, music, choreography, and uses movement as a tool to instill teamwork and self-confidence.
  • Perry County Council of the Arts – $1,000 for Art on the Road, which will provide Drop-In Art classes throughout Perry County.
  • RSVP of the Capital Region Inc. – $3,550 for The Art Zone, which will emphasize the Arts as a key component of its 2017 Summer ZONE Program.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Harrisburg – $1,500 for its fourth season of Music by the River, which continues to bring quality musical performances to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral.
  • Susquehanna Folk Music Society Inc. – $4,150 for Folk Music: It’s for Everyone! a series of concerts, workshops, library programs and interactive experiences to engage residents living in the Capital Region with the folk arts.
  • The Salvation Army – $3,550 for its art-fueled Summer Youth Enrichment Program, which serves area youths through quality hands-on learning and engagement experiences.
  • World Affairs Council of Harrisburg – $500 for The International Poetry and Storytelling Festival, an annual event to celebrate poets and storytellers of diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnic groups and to encourage young writers to explore their talents.
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