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Genre: Theater arts/Spoken Word


Age Range for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: Playwright and actor Amanda Kemp is passionate about history. “History isn’t what happened. History is the story we tell about what happened,” she says. A multiple year awardee of grants and awards from both the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Dr. Kemp researches African American history to create dramas that are informative and inspiring. Having earned her doctorate in Performance Studies, Dr. Kemp is adept at creating works that blend history and theater, and music. Her innovative workshop “From the Page to the Stage” encourages budding playwrights to use primary documents such as journals or newspaper articles to create scenes that show multiple points of view. Combining history and theater arts, her plays tackle subjects such as Benjamin Franklin and slavery; first African American poet Phillis Wheatley, the history of Chester, PA, and most recently the Emancipation Proclamation, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. Always expanding herself as an artist, Dr. Kemp produced her first spoken word CD on Phillis Wheatley which includes dramatic readings of Wheatley’s poetry and letters, as well as African American spirituals. She enjoys working with students of various ages and assisting seniors in telling their stories.

scott hower

Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Poetry



Age Range for Residencies: Adults, senior citizens

Special Groups: Writing workshops for Veterans/families of veterans

Artist’s Statement: My artistic philosophy is rooted in the teaching of my printmaking professor at Millersville University during the early 1980’s.  Robert Nelson had a lite motif that he reiterated in every session of every class that I attended with him. He would say, “Art is a professional term. Those of you who feel that your work belongs in a portfolio that is never shared should not refer to yourselves as artists.  You may be the most talented, creative person present but if you fail to share your work you are something less than an artist.” Perhaps it was the mantra like manner in which this idea was presented that made its meaning seem so true for me or maybe its truth was simply irrefutable in its meaning.  I accepted it and decided to pursue all my artistic endeavors with the idea in mind.

Since art must be shared, it follows that it is quintessentially a form of communication.  For me to consider my work successful it must communicate something emotional, intellectual, abstract, or at the very least something about the process required to produce it.  The only way to judge the success of any given work is to share it and then consider the response it receives from the viewer or listener. This line of thought makes it imperative for me to consider my audience prior to putting brush to canvas or pen to paper.  It becomes my job to convey what I feel must be said in a manner that my audience will be most able to understand and accept it. Dancers dance to share their joy in movement. Painters paint to share their understanding of color or line. Sculptors share their wonder of the realness of the 3 dimensional form.  Poets write to share their feelings/thoughts about the human condition. Art is self-expression. Expression is communication. Therefore, art is communication.

annie ginder

Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Journal to the Self therapeutic writing/ Poetry


Age Range for Residencies: Adults, senior citizens

Special Groups: Writing workshops for Veterans/families of veterans

Artist’s Statement: Annie Ginder is a certified Journal To The Self instructor who has taught journaling and poetry courses to individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as elementary school children.


In 2014 Carol began design work on a series of Nature Journaling workshops as a means of promoting diversity and environmental sustainability. At a time when nature most needs our attention, the Nature Journaling project helps us to pay attention and record our observations in the spirit and thinking of a naturalist outdoors to create a unique nature journal filled with personal writing, drawing, and reflection.

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Carol has studied nature journaling with John Muir Laws, Claire Leslie Walker, and Jonathan Alderfer, and has studied botanical illustration at Longwood Gardens and Botany at Millersville University. She has developed a 4-Color Analysis, a simple practice for journaling that she has shared worldwide in New Zealand and Hawaii as well as locally for many years. Dr. Welsh retired from Millersville University where she taught in the Education Department and served as Director of the PA Governor’s School for Teaching.

Genre: Folk arts, nature journals, interdisciplinary

Age Group:
Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult, Senior
Special groups: English Language Learners


239 North Concord Street

Lancaster PA 17603

(717) 390-2606

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

Artist Statement:

A book arts residency is an exciting time to learn something new. It stretches art and poetry, the book form is a container that holds words and images, it differs from other more conventional books because it is an experience about itself. It is a portable art exhibit, about relationships, between the pages, between thoughts and dreams, between images and the maker, the book and reader. It is a three-dimensional object, with light, space and linear movement. We will make books from a single sheet of paper, sew a binding and incorporate poetry. Explore words and creativity, how this visual, tactile object comes alive. The visual arts offer the opportunity to be successful and is basic to the idea of educating the whole person. Art helps all other thinking processes, perception becomes fine tuned, the student invents the answer. With one advantage-book arts is also fun.


230 South Spruce Street

Lititz, PA 17543

(717) 626-8108

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

Artist Statement:

Theater is the magician’s art. It is the act of crating something out of nothing. With a phrase, a series of gestures, or a pointed glance, an entire new world can be created. This is the power of imagination. Theater affirms the possibility of being able to make the imaginary real. It empowers, emboldens, gives rise to the notion that perhaps your own world is one completely of your own creation. So the most important concept I endeavor to impart is: imagine well, and make your life look like your imagination.



Artist’s Statement:

Creations from man-made objects discarded as refuse and reinterpreted to form objects found in nature are the inspirations for my art.  The simple spoon forms the body of a rainbow trout; a discarded children’s toy becomes the foundation for a moose; horse shoes transform into armadillos. Who’s to say every spoon handle is not a bird’s wing waiting to take flight? Ideas grow from a single reclaimed object consisting of primarily wood or metal that create the foundation of its repurpose. Sensing exactly what a certain item is to become just by its very shape, material and innate energy sculptures literally grow from that humble beginning. Building on that the reclaimed objects are then transformed from their mechanized human intentions into organic figures found in nature.

Some of my earliest memories are of trips out “Junk” hunting with my father and of spending summers traveling the art show circuits in the family’s red VW bus. This and a childhood spent in the outdoors have played a large part in influencing my inspirations and mediums I sculpt in. My formal education, as well as much of my daily life, revolves around art. I excel in areas that focus 3D sculpting from reclaimed objects consisting of primarily wood and metal, augmented with, well, whatever else I can find. To me, it is the organic nature of many of these man-made objects that serves as a natural inspiration for me and transforms themselves to the organic figures I create.

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Jenny Hill
Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Circus arts, poetry, storytelling



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

Artist’s Statement: In my residencies and playshops, I teach others to find their authentic voices through movement and creative writing. I want them to learn, laugh, and enjoy what they do, to discover something new about themselves and the larger world, and how what they have to say connects with others.

I share with students the skills to try, try again, try a new way, go slowly, step-by-step, stop and visualize, watch, wait, read, and listen. Students of all ages can learn to manage stress, empower themselves and others, increase their skills of sustained contemplation, improve proprioception, and gain a sense of autonomy, belonging, and purpose.

There is beauty in the ordinary. The stories of our lives, in the stories of others, in the imagined and the real. Whether writing a series of poems, creating a play or performance piece together, or gathering as a group to write our life stories, I encourage those I work with to be open to discovery.

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Ty Gant

Genre: Writer, poet, spoken word, theater

Ty is the facilitator of “We Rock the Mic” a spoken-word program for at-risk students offered at The Mix at Arbor Place, a youth development center in Lancaster. He uses spoken word poetry as a catalyst for creating a safe, competitive, encouraging space for youth that fosters social awareness, artistic development, and self-empowerment. As a coach, he believes that spoken word is a unique tool to challenge young people to tell their stories, the stories of their communities, and to speak with authority about social justice issues in the world around them. Ty is also a poet, spoken-word artist and theater artist.

The age range for residencies: Middle, Secondary, Adult, Senior Adult

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Linda Beiler – Crafts: fiber artist: wheat weaving
2140 Beaver Dam Road
Honey Brook PA 19344
(610) 273-2784

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

Artist Statement:
As a straw artist, I am part of a continuance of an ancient folk art celebrating the harvest. Wheat weaving, as it is called in America, is the art of plaiting straw into designs. A residency combines teaching wheat weaving experience for students and teachers while sharing the history of straw and society. Age old skills would be conveyed to a new generation who would gain an appreciation for the natural beauty of wheat and its importance to our every day life. I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and a member of the National Association of Wheat Weavers