Marysville; PCCA to Unveil Mural Celebrating the Susquehanna River at Marysville Borough Pool

Perry County Council of the Arts will dedicate its latest Arts-in-Education mural in a celebration at the Marysville Borough Pool, 2 Park Drive in Marysville, on Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m.

Following a brief ceremony, the Marysville Borough Pool will offer four free hours of swimming to anyone that attends the unveiling ceremony. Visit the PCCA Facebook page for more details on the event.

Created through PCCA’s Arts in Education program, a partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, this mural is the first of its kind for PCCA. With this project, the Arts in Education program has begun what it intends to be an ongoing focus on the ecological attributes that make up Perry County’s beautiful, rural landscape. With an eye towards conservation and education, PCCA hopes to use the arts as a way to inform our young people to the importance of preserving our natural resources. Erika Juran, Executive Director of Perry County Council of the Arts states, “Our newest mural of the Perry County Historical Mural Trail brings a new twist to the Trail and added environmental education to our local schools. This residency project honors the richness and depth of both our natural resources and our local history, two assets of Perry County. Our organization already focuses on using recycled materials in its programming for Drop-In Art and other residencies.”

Titled “Susquenita Supports the Susquehanna”, this mural is a co-creation between Susquenita Elementary School, Susquenita Middle School, and artist in residence Kuen Kuen Liu Spichiger of Halifax. Additionally, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association talked with students from both schools about the history, health, and environmental importance of the Susquehanna River. This project engaged almost 900 students between the two schools, and was supported by elementary art teacher Alison Binger-Seidle, elementary STEM teacher Sarah Baer, and middle school art teacher Abby Fisher, as well as support from school staff and administration. The mural depicts six different fishes that are native to the Susquehanna River: brook trout, tiger muskellunge, walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and American eel. The fish were designed and painted by the elementary school students. Additionally, the border of the mural was designed by the middle school and includes themes of environmental conservation. The mural will be permanently displayed at the Marysville Borough Pool. PCCA thanks the generous financial supporters of this mural project —Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Project S.H.A.R.E., Sheetz, Blick Art Supplies, Mutzabaugh’s Market, Hometown Mortgage Resources, Nancy’s Soft Pretzels and the Marysville Sportsmen’s Association.

About Perry County Council of the Arts

Perry County Council of the Arts’ mission is to build community through the arts. Within this context,PCCA nurtures the creative spirit in adults and children, supports artists and celebrates their successes, enhances the local economy, implements arts education initiatives in seven counties, and has brought vitality to Perry County for more than 35 years.

PCCA Gallery, prominently located on the square in Newport, showcases the fine artwork of more than 188 of the region’s talented artisans. With the assistance of a knowledgeable, passionately committed staff, you can learn the story behind the artwork and discover who the artists are and what drives them to create.

Landis House is located at 67 N. 4th Street in Newport, PA, and holds a fine art and decorative arts collection. It is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 PM, for special events, and by appointment. Learn more at perrycountyarts.org and find us on Facebook.

About Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

The mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. On October 26, 1966, Governor William D. Scranton signed enabling legislation establishing PCA. Through the provisions of Act No. 538, the Council is charged with "the encouragement and development of the various arts" in the Commonwealth. Funding for the PCA comes from the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual state appropriation by the General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency. PCA believes that arts and culture play a vital role in the diverse communities across Pennsylvania. Learn more at www.arts.pa.gov.

For more information on other programs & services provided by the Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA), please call 717-567-7023 or visit www.perrycountyarts.org. PCCA 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. Additional support comes from a growing list of members, and numerous corporations and private foundations throughout central Pennsylvania.