Arts & Culture
Schuylkill County's strong heritage of art and ethnic culture has enriched thousands of citizens who have grown up and share their traditions with thousands more-their family, friends, and neighbors.
Dozens of clubs and organizations are involved in continuing the ethnic traditions of Schuylkill County, beginning with the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. Headquartered at the Yuengling Mansion on Mahantongo Street in Pottsville (a national historic landmark), the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts (SCCA) sponsors hundreds of events annually, linking the county's rich heritage to all forms of arts and culture. Art galleries and exhibitions, a pottery studio, acting, writing, poetry, painting, woodcarving and music are but a few of the programs organized by the arts council. The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts largest program involves artists in education in 56 schools and prisons. Schuylkill County boasts its fair share of notable artistic personalities: Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey hailed from Shenandoah; Tower City was the home of Les Brown, founder of the Les Brown Band of Renown; Pine Grove was home to Conrad Richter, a Pulitzer Prize winning author. In Pottsville, it was the jazz mastery of Alan Jaffee of Preservation Hall fame. Pottsville is also the home of John O'Hara, author of Gibbsville and Butterfield 8, among many other novels and short stories.
Penn State Schuylkill Campus Cultural Affairs Committee, Schuylkill Ballet Theater, Schuylkill County Community Chorus, Majestic Theater and the historic Third Brigade Band are but a few of the organizations that keep the arts and culture alive in Schuylkill County.
The Walk In Art Center is a nonprofit organization located in a renovated shoe factory. The Walk In Art Center houses 16 individual creative studios for working artists, rotating exhibitions in The WIAC History Gallery, The Main Gallery, The Community Gallery, along with classes and activities for young and the young at heart. The Walk In Art Center equips the community and artists through education. Inviting the community to experience, explore and create art through classes, workshops, art camps and informal discussions. The Walk In Art Center celebrates the arts through the various fundraisers and events hosted throughout the year.