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African Dance

(484) 574-4440

Age Range for Residencies:
Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult, Senior Adult

Artist’s Statement: I am Janet Peck: West African dancer, teacher and choreographer. My seeds of dance first sprouted in the early 70s during “Polynesian Potpourri,” the Hatboro YMCA’s first annual water show. A few years, two college degrees, 18 forays to Guinea, West African and one early retirement later, I became clear on what I wanted to be when I grew up! Now, in my fifteenth season as the Artistic Director of the N’Bonye Dance and Drum Ensemble, I am dedicated to my mission: to inspire people to be the most vital individuals they can be by engaging them in the dancing, drumming, singing, and culture of West Africa. My 18 visits to West Africa, my performing experience, my Masters degree in Dance (M. Ed ’88, Temple University) and 22 years as a public school visual arts educator have helped me craft a teaching style that is clear, warm, attentive, and enthusiastic. My classes at Temple have inspired me to broaden my choreography with elements of modern dance, as evidenced in “My Sanctuary,” a piece for African and Modern dance, West African drums, violin, and gospel choir. My annual studies abroad in Guinea, West Africa refresh my knowledge of the dancing and culture, as do my weekly West African dance studies in Philadelphia. My master teachers from the major ballets of Conakry, Guinea, keep my skills honed, my dreams alive and my mission of connecting people to their hearts flourishing. From inner-city school teens to professional dancers, from special needs children and adults to women at spirituality conferences, from college ethno-musicology students to scout troops, my choreography inspires people to be their most vital and alive selves. Even pre-schoolers are transformed as evidenced by this declaration from a very young dance fan at a local day care center when begging his teacher to invite us back: “Janet, you are more fun than Hershey Park!”

Genre: Found-object sculpture



Age Range for Residencies: K-12, Adult, senior citizens

Artist’s Statement: Noelle Turco loves yard sales, decorating, dancing, Kang Lieng soup, plants, soft socks, Leo Buscaglia books, consignment shops, E.L.O., intelligence, vintage things, coffee, clearance sales, awesome people, and free stuff.  Discarded items are her treasures that offer inspiration or are applied energetically to her mixed media art.  Torn paper, crayons, watercolor, ink, pastels, oil paint, wire, thread, acrylic, found objects, material and anything else you can think of are used to create unique stories that unfold into vibrant visual journeys.  Wherever Noelle is, be it in the woods or downtown, anything that catches her eye on the ground is happily put into her backpack.  Her inspirations come from dreams, life, words, gardening, music, Asian art, 1950-70’s children’s illustrations and graphic design.  Her use of diverse materials helps to convey her “one of a kind psychological expression” similar to illustrative narratives.

Ms. Turco resides in Lancaster City and is the mother of two spectacular children and has the ultimate boyfriend plus a dog named Hidiho Fantastic Floppy Ears Jones.  Noelle holds a degree in Art with a concentration in the Social Sciences.  She has shown her art throughout the East Coast and several of her pieces are owned by prominent collectors and businesses.   Noelle has been the Art Director at Carr’s Restaurant for the past 12 years and has designed several houses and restaurants. She currently is self-employed doing commission work, design/decorating consultation through her company Red House Design and teaches art lessons. Ms. Turco truly believes that imagination, self-truth, and exploration are paramount in providing quality art and the freedom to express those elements helps individuals to attain a stronger sense of humanity.

Genre: STEAM/Mural Arts/Public Art

Tel: 717-926-3920

Life Enthusiast Specializing in Harmonious Creativity and Community Revitalization Through Art.

I am a S.T.E.A.M. Mural Instructor involving students of all ages in the development of the highest quality murals by participating in every step of the process from Design to Completion. I specialize in uniting schools with their communities through art.


Genre: Painting, sculpture, fiber arts, glass arts

Age Range for Residencies: Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult, Senior Citizens

Artist Statement: Art is beautiful and functional, however, it can also be healing. My work as an artist is predominantly in fibers although I have experience with many other mediums such as ceramic, glass, found object, metal and wood. While I love them all, I am also drawn to the healing properties art holds. Through building and layering, exploring and discovering there is much to learn and share in an art making experience. My own work often represents the path I am on at that particular moment in my life. I like to use recycled materials as a way of taking what seems to be nothing and creating something new. This is not only cost effective but also respectful to our environment. Creating art gives us the opportunity to slow down and enjoy life. I truly love the process and the materials I work with and most of all I love being able to share this with others. The art experience is a gift for us all to enjoy and reap its benefits.


Genre: Ceramics/tile mosaic 

(610) 926-3225


Age Range for Residencies: Adults/Senior Citizens

Artist’s Statement:  Beverly Leviner is an artist skilled in sculpture and ceramics.  She is the co-founder of Hilltop Studio located in Reading, PA.    Beverly has a great deal of experience working with public projects and has an accomplished list of participation in exhibitions. She is a former Lecturer in Integrative Arts at Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College. She has created magical tile mosaic murals for schools all over Southeastern PA and is an experienced teaching artist with a wealth of knowledge.


Category: Visual Arts
Genre: Ceramics, sculpture
(717) 509-7547


Age Range for Residencies: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult, Senior Citizens

Artist’s Statement: Creativity is the essence of art. An open mind’s boundless imagination provides unlimited possibilities for creation: a concept given form by the creative process and the technical skills of an artist. The process is flexible and begins with an idea that is developed through brainstorming, thumbnail sketches, and finally a detailed drawing; this drawing is used as a blueprint for construction. When fabrication begins, one must tolerate deviation from the original plan because of the serendipitous nature of the creative process. The building process itself can generate new ideas and interesting developments that potentially can change the final result. Working with clay, participants in the residency program will expand and challenge their minds and develop an understanding and appreciation of this creative process.

Genre: Muralist/Painting

(484) 919-3414

Age Group for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: I am a local muralist with 15 years of experience painting commercial and residential mural projects. My work tends to reflect the joy and beauty of life as I like my work to be positive and uplifting. For the last 10 years I have enjoyed doing many artist-in-residencies in public schools, for community centers, and senior centers throughout Pennsylvania.

As an artist doing residencies, my primary goal is to facilitate a wonderful, positive, educational, and hands-on experience for every participant involved. The teachers, students, and administrators should come away having had fun and learning new skills. I can work independently on an interior or exterior mural while providing painting demonstrations, presentations of art as a career, and Q&A session for up to six art classes a day. Students can watch my progression from the drawing phase to completion. I can also supervise student-led, designed, and executed mural projects with hands-on painting opportunities for many students, either during the school day and/or during after-school clubs.

After completing a mural project, the students come away with a sense of working collaboratively on an important piece of local public art and having learned practical design and paining skills. Finished murals have been used to create writing prompts. The grid system I use integrates math concepts such as measuring, dividing, and computing area. I have incorporated core educational subjects into my murals. I have also worked with local historians on several projects, inside and outside of schools. Although the students’ abilities vary, I always make sure the finished work is of an extremely professional quality that can be enjoyed for many years to come. In my presentations, I talk about:

  • Research and design and using the grid system
  • Painting techniques
  • Use of different materials
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Aspects of having a good work ethic
  • Giving back to your community with volunteerism
  • And much more valuable information