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Abbi Peters


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Peters was born and raised in New Jersey, in 2000 after attending Kutztown University for Art Education and Fine Arts she moved to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles Peters gained broad administrative experience while working in the magazine, fashion and music accessories industries. In 2007 Peters and her husband, artist Charles Wish relocated to Ridgway after purchasing a Georgian Federal school house built in 1909. The couple continues to renovate the 10,000 square foot building that serves as their home, work studio and eventually a cultural library and work/live space for visiting artists. Peters joined ECCOTA as a member of the Board of Directors in September 2007, she sat on the Board until May 2008, when she stepped down from the Board and was hired as the Executive Director to replace her predecessor Andi Willis. Peters served as the Executive Director for 8 years, before resigning to become the Program Director for the PA Wilds Center. In 2014 her work in the arts on the local, regional and state level was recognized as a Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds with the "Outstanding Leader" award.

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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