Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elects new officers and directors

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elected new officers and members of its the board of directors at its annual meeting on Oct. 18.

The new officers are: Steve Watson, board president; Amy Caputo, vice president; Bob Hicks, treasurer, and Diana Malcom, secretary.

Watson is the director of Penn State’s Division of Campus Planning and Design in the Office of Physical Plant; Caputo is currently director of strategic communications for the Penn State Alumni Association; Hicks is the pastor of the Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church and the CEO of Persea Naturals LLC; and Malcom is the associate in ministry for college-age ministry at State College Presbyterian Church.

The following individuals were elected to three-year terms on the board: Renata S. Engel, associate vice provost for online programs at Penn State; Jean Galliano, senior vice president, Fulton Bank; and Steve Sampsell, director of strategic communications for the College of Communications at Penn State.

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 visual and performing arts programming. Approximately 125,000 people visit the festival each summer, and the “Arts Fest” is considered to be a quintessential part of the Penn State student and alumni experience.

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 2017 edition of First Night State College will take place Dec. 31. The 51st Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held July 12-16, 2017. Children’s Day will be July 12, and the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open on Wednesday, July 13, and continue through Sunday, July 17.The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts elected new officers and members its the board of directors at its annual meeting on Oct. 18.

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Last Updated October 27, 2016