Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elects new officers, directors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elected new officers and members of the board of directors at its annual meeting on Oct. 21. The new officers are Joyce Robinson, board president; Steve Watson, vice-president; Bob Hicks, treasurer; and Sue Haug, secretary.

Robinson is a curator at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, where she is also an affiliate associate professor of art history, teaching courses primarily in the fields of American and African-American art. Steve Watson is a University planner with Penn State’s Division of Campus Planning and Design in the Office of Physical Plant; Bob Hicks is a retired corporate financial officer; and Sue Haug is the director of Penn State’s School of Music. 

The following individuals also were elected to three-year terms on the board: Kristen Coombs, a financial adviser with Shute & Coombs Financial Advisors in State College and the owner of New Life Financial LLC, a financial divorce planning firm; and Diana Malcom, an associate in ministry at State College Presbyterian Church.  

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1967 by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. It now encompasses five days of arts programming, with approximately 100,000 people visiting the festival each summer.

In 2014, the Arts Festival was ranked by Sunshine Artist magazine in the No. 3 spot on its list of the 100 best outdoor fine art and fine craft fairs in the U.S. In addition to producing the summer festival, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts also produces First Night State College, an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s festival.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The 2015 First Night State College will take place Dec. 31. The 49th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts begins with Children’s Day on July 8 and continues with the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition from July 9 to 12.

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Last Updated October 27, 2014