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ECCOTA Announces “Heart in the Arts” Awards for 2016

February 04, 2016 2:34 PM | Abbi Peters

The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) is pleased to announce it will present four “Heart in the Arts” awards during its Annual Gala on February 20, 2016.  This is the fifth year for the award presentation and the Council’s Board of Directors selects honorees to recognize their contributions to the arts in Elk County.

The awards, founded on ECCOTA’s mission statement, include three categories: experiences, opportunity and support. The 2016 honorees include: Elk County Commissioners for providing experiences in the arts, Julie Mader for providing educational opportunity and advice and Ed Schwer for his support of musicians, artists, performers and writers. Additionally Sister Augustine will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award (posthumous).

 “We cannot fulfill our mission alone (nor do we want to).  These awards allow us the chance to recognize organizations and individuals who show great support and action in facilitating the arts in our community.” stated Executive Director Abbi Peters.

The ECCOTA Gala is open to the public and will be held February 20 at 7PM at The Highlands Restaurant in St. Marys. The event also includes live entertainment by Slippery Rock University’s Afro-Columbian Dance Ensemble, live painting, and live and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online and at the door. All proceeds benefit ECCOTA programming.  For more event information contact ECCOTA 814-772-7051.  


ECCOTA 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

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The Elk County Council on the Arts is dedicated to promoting the cultural enrichment of the residents of Elk County by expanding the opportunity for public participation in the arts. The Council’s goal is to enhance the lives of county residents and the various local arts by offering experiences in the arts, providing educational opportunity and advice, and by supporting performers, musicians, artists, artisans and writers.

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