A Note from Becky~

I am continually inspired by everyone around me at CALC—from my colleagues who work tirelessly to grow important programs to the insight that our youth share with us, from the teachers who patiently impart their knowledge, to the talent of the artists in each exhibit in CALC’s galleries and throughout downtown, and from small quiet partnerships to large installations giving our community a voice. The end of the year is a time of reflection for me and looking back over the past year one can readily see why I am inspired and excited to jump into this year! Below are just a few reasons–

  • Celebrated 25 years of building community through the arts at the mARTini Auction and From the heART event where Guy Freeman was honored for his dedication and service to CALC. As part of this year-long celebration, the The G. B. Stuart Foundation Endowment for CALC was founded ensuring CALC’s future and affirming CALC’s commitment to our community.

  • Over 400 youth, ages 3-17, participated in one of CALC’s 22 summer camp programs.

  • 152 classes, from ceramics to photography and painting to enameling were offered to students ages 5-105 held at CALC or in off-site locations including nursing homes, elementary schools, Bosler Library, and Vision Resources!  

  • 106 youth were able to participate in CALC’s summer camps and after-school programs through CALC scholarships and free programs.

  • Over 250 artists and numerous students shared their work in 56 exhibits in CALC’s G. B. Stuart Gallery, upper gallery, the George E. Hoffer Art Gallery & Atrium in Bosler Library, and exhibit opportunities throughout downtown Carlisle. 

  • CALC launched The CALC Collaborative, a program dedicated to growing CALC’s outreach program through meaningful partnerships with the goal of giving our community a voice through the arts.

  • Through The CALC Collaborative, middle & high school students in The ARTiculate Program created four large-scale temporary art installations allowing Carlisle’s youth to share some of the concerns that they carry with them each day: Inclusion, Impacts of Opioid Addiction, Being Heard, and Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide. The first three have been exhibited and will continue to move around Carlisle—keep your eyes on the Sadler Health Building for the fourth to be installed this spring. 

  • CALC partnered with Project SHARE, YWCA, Hope Station, Dickinson College, Employment Skills Center, CPARC, Sadler Health Center, Partnership for Better Health, Color Carlisle, YMCA, Diakon Wilderness Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Trout Gallery, Bosler Library, Community Cares, Thornwald Home, Cumberland Crossings, Vision Resources, Carlisle Area School District, Red Tomato Farm, and Arts Live, among other partners to strengthen our community through the arts.

  • CALC and CPARC partnered to offer the first From A-X: Art Creation to eXhibit, a free art class supported by the Arts for All Partnership. This program was such a success it will be offered again by CALC and also by the Perry County Council of the Arts!

  • Together CALC and Community Cares launched the POP UP Art Studio, a free art space and art supplies, open to all, that has “popped up” at the Bosler Library and Hope Station serving over 300 people.

Mark your calendars:

  • Valentine’s Day at Midway Bowling, Thursday, February 14,

  • Empty Bowls, Benefitting Project SHARE, Monday, March 18

  • From the heART celebration, Thursday, June 20


CALC Member News

Ellen Jenkin’s photo, Abandoned America, recently won first prize in photography at Lancaster County Arts Association.

Patricia Walach Keough painted at the Falls Church 9th Annual Plein Air Festival “Scenes in the City” held in June. For the painting “Reflections on Broad” Pat was awarded 1st Place. For “June Afternoon on Buxton Rd.” she won the Kensington Prize (4th Place) and the Artists’ Choice Award.

Congratulations to CALC artists and members for acceptance into 2018’s Art of the State exhibition: Kim Banister, Rachel Eng, Mary Olin Geiger, Michael Lahr, Gay McGeary, Julie Riker, Jo Margolis, and Richard Chandler-Hoff. The exhibit is on view through September 9 at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

Scholarship Opportunities!

The Chris Thorpe Foundation is dedicated to providing lifelong learning opportunities for those who choose to follow a path of personal achievement and civil responsibility- values that Chris shared. The foundation is happy to offer scholarships for art classes at CALC to youth and adults.

Pick up an application at CALC!

CALC Art Teacher

Are you interested in teaching children’s classes at Carlisle Arts Learning Center. CALC is always looking for talented, energetic, exible teachers with creative and fun ideas!    Call Maureen Madio at (717) 249-6973