Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Inc.

Latrobe, PA   |  www.artsandheritage.com

Mission

The Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival's mission is to present exceptional visual arts, traditional crafts, educational activities and performing artists to enlighten, entertain and enrich the community while preserving and demonstrating Pennsylvania's rich historical and living cultural heritage.

Ruling year info

1982

Principal Officer

Mrs. Diane Shrader

Main address

252 Twin Lakes Road

Latrobe, PA 15650 USA

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Formerly known as

Central Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

EIN

25-1399565

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

Over the first weekend in July, beautiful Twin Lakes Park located east of Greensburg is transformed into the setting of our four-day celebration of the arts: the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. Major attractions at the Festival include a professionally juried art exhibit, artist market, entertainment and much more.The Artist Market showcases professional craftspeople offering fine jewelry, woodworking, metals, stained glass, leather, basketry, ceramics and folk art. Live entertainment on four stages is one of the hallmarks of the Festival. Visitors enjoy non-stop contemporary, traditional, classical and folk music. Relaxing under a tree, visitors will find themselves listening to poetry and short story readings, music, and Temujin's unforgettable storytelling. Heritage activities presented at the Festival included modern day war and Civil War encampments. Some of the ethnic food the Festival has offered include: Polish, Italian, Mediterranean, French Scottish, Irish, German, Amish, Mexican, Israeli, Thai and Chinese. Children's activities are offered that present children the opportunity to create art projects and enjoy fun educational presentations. The Heritage Trail is a showcase of our living heritage where local historical societies and artisans demonstrate their historical craft and enlighten our visitors.

Population(s) Served

The Westmoreland Art Nationals Exhibitions are our area's only national exhibits. Pennsylvania-based, national and international artists are brought together for two annual exhibits, highlighting over 150 artists. The Westmoreland Art Nationals, a partnership with Westmoreland County Community College consists of two exhibits, one exhibit at the college, and a second exhibit at Twin Lakes Park during the Festival. The college exhibit begins with a evening opening reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit remains until mid-June. The Festival exhibit takes place during our four day Festival with the opening reception and award ceremony taking place the Saturday before the Festival begins.

Population(s) Served

The artist in residence program brings either visual or performing artists to provide workshops during the Festival. Previous activities featured at the Festival have included glass blowing, sand sculpting, and solar glass fusing. In 2013, artists on site all four days included a banjo player, a cigar box guitar maker, a local painter conducting an interactive project called "The Art Guesser" and several cartoon and comic book artists.

Population(s) Served

In 2013, college/university sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in a visual arts program were invited to apply for the first Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Scholarship. The amount of the scholarship was $500 and the recipient had to be a resident of Westmoreland County or a graduate of a Westmoreland County high school. Although the scholarship is currently limited to the visual arts, the program may be expanded in the future to include other types of artists. In 2014, the scholarship program was changed so that Westmoreland County high school seniors could apply for the for scholarship. In 2016, the Festival started awarding two scholarship to students.

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Awards

One of the Top Three Festivals in Pennsylvania 1983

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

"Best Friends Award - Friendliest Festival in Pennsylvania" 1985

Pennsylvania Travel Council

"National Association of County Commisioners Achievement Award" 1986

National Association of County Commisioners

"Dorothy K. Mullen Award for the Best Arts & Humanities Celebration in the Middle Atlantic Region 1987

National Association of Recreation and Parks

"One of the Top 100 Events in North America" 1997

The American Bus Association

Nomination - Nonprofit of the Year 2009

Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce

Nomination - Nonprofit of the Year 2010

Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce

Listed as a "Top Ten" destination for the 4th of July weekend within driving distance of Philadelphia 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania State Senate Citation in recognition of 30 years. 2004

Sponsored by Senator Allen Kukovich

"Sunshine Artist 200 Best Traditional Craft Shows" 2001

Sunshine Artist Magazine

"Sunshine Artist 200 Best Traditional Craft Shows" 2002

Sunshine Artist Magazine

"Sunshine Artist 200 Best Traditional Craft Shows" 2003

Sunshine Artist Magazine

"Sunshine Artist 200 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows" 2004

Sunshine Artist Magazine

"Metro Must See" 1998

Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide

"Metro Must See" 1999

Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide

"Metro Must See" 2001

Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2009

Americans for the Arts 2008

Chamber of Commerce 2000

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council 2008

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations 2008

Financials

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Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Ginsburg


Board co-chair

Mr. George Church

Retired

Term: 2015 - 2019

Snooky Williams

Community Volunteer

Jane Church

ABB

Randy Finfrock

City of Greensburg

Greg McCloskey

Westmoreland County Department of Public Works

Jeffrey Balzer

Westmoreland County

Thomas Harrold

Retired

Anthony Iezzi

Self Employed

Heather Martin

Community Volunteer

Cathi Rhodes

Self Employed

Judy Scheeren

Westmoreland County Community College

Brandon Simpson

Westmoreland County

Linda Wagner

Community Volunteer

William Scheeren

Retired

Tammy Elliott

Community Volunteer

Darlene Frederickson

Retired

Kathy Garris

Retired

Kathy Hager

Community Volunteer

Marlene Lucas

Westmoreland County Community College

Frances Petras

Community Volunteer

Connie Riley

Retired

Nicholas Sasso

Attorney