Artist Residency Program Returns to JCC in 2021

By Cheryl yablon

The last four years, the JCC Senior Adult Club participated in an “Artist Residency Program.”  The first year (2017) the program was facilitated by Jump Street, Arts in Education.  Jump Street worked in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to place professional artists in a setting for 10 classes.  The participants enjoyed this program so much that we decided to offer classes for 2018, 2019, and 2020, increasing the number of classes in 2020 to a 20-class program. We had started our 2020 session before the COVID-19 pandemic and had to take a hiatus for a few months.  We restarted the program in the summer with on-site and Zoom classes in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

In our upcoming 2021 series of classes, we are again offering a 20 “Hybrid-class” session.  It is an incredible opportunity for our seniors to work with Cheryl Kugler, a professional artist.  We are grateful for funding from the Department of Aging and Capital Area Intermediate Unit Arts in Education, which has enabled us to cover most of our cost to offer this 20-class session. We are suggesting a donation of $35 for JCC Senior Adult Club members and a fee of $70 for Non-JCC Senior Adult club members.  Because of the additional cost of participants having to have their own supplies, we will be asking at the end of the 2021 session that participants keep their supplies and sign up for the next set of classes in 2022.  If the participant will not be continuing in 2022, then we ask that the participant return the supplies or the participant will be invoiced a $25 additional fee for the supplies.

Each class, Cheryl Kugler will introduce a different facet of art.  The program is being worked on right now and will be announced at a later date.  We can register up to 25 people for this program, first come, first serve.  The group will meet on Wednesdays.  Because of the length of the program, and pre-scheduled activities, the classes will be spread out from March through August.    

All classes (on-site/Zoom) will take place 1:30-3:00pm on the following dates:

  1. Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  2. Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  3. Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  4. Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  5. Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  6. Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  7. Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  8. Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  9. Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  10. Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  11. Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  12. Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  13. Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  14. Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  15. Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  16. Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  17. Wednesday, July 14, 2021
  18. Wednesday, July 21, 2021
  19. Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  20. Wednesday, August 4, 2021-this last day is the Art Show in the Spector Lounge at the JCC where art will be displayed for one week.

Please call Cheryl Yablon at 717-236-9555 Ext. 3115 to register for this incredible opportunity by February 17, 2021, so we know the quantity of art supplies we will need to purchase.