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About

The Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts was established in 1987

with a mission to inspire, educate and create artistic opportunities within our community. We believe that art is the universal medium in which participants of all ages, neighborhoods, ethnicities, and cultures can share their experiences and that art is a vital force for advancing economic opportunities and building strong and engaged communities. By making the arts accessible to all, the Council for the Arts works to promote a community that is inspired and innovative.

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where do your donations go?

$25 provides general art supplies for public sessions
$50 provides art supplies for 20 children for 1 week during summer arts program
$75 covers one scholarship for Missoula Children’s Theater
$100 covers art camp for one child

council of the arts staff

  • Michael A. Fisher Executive Director

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    Michael joined the Council for the Arts as executive director in November 2014. A Chambersburg native, Michael is excited to guide the Council of the Arts into its next phase by developing programs, events and partnerships through the arts that will contribute to the revitalization and growth of the local community. Michael, his wife and two children reside in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Tricia Lesky Program Coordinator

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    Since June 2019, Tricia Lesky has been the Program Coordinator at the Council for the Arts. Tricia is a native of western Maryland, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shepherd University. Tricia began her art career as a graphic designer. Although she enjoyed creating graphic art with the use of technology and software, her true artistic passion was painting. Tricia has been a fine art painter for over two decades, and has produced commissioned art and paintings for residential clients and collectors throughout the United States, as well as local businesses and restaurants. She was most recently employed by The Fine Arts Company in Hagerstown as a painting party instructor.

    Tricia is presently a member of The Foundry // Chambersburg Artists Cooperative, the Franklin County Arts Alliance, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Inspired by the beauty of nature, Tricia primarily creates contemporary landscapes, seascapes, and wildlife paintings in acrylics. She also adores animals, and loves to paint colorful pet portraits. The creative process of painting brings her joy and she wishes to share that joy with others by connecting with them through art. Tricia currently resides in Greencastle, PA with her husband and large blended family of eight children, two dogs, and four cats.

  • Shannon Blanchard Accounting

  • Tarryne West Creative Coordinator

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    Originally from South Africa, Tarryne recently relocated from Texas and fell in love with the Downtown Chambersburg area and it’s people.

    Although her education is in psychology and developmental coaching, Tarryne has a number of years experience in the not for profit sector in development and fundraising. She also has a huge passion for the arts, believing them to be an important aspect of personal wellbeing and an essential part is an integrative approach to education. Tarryne teaches art locally and is a passionate advocate of arts education.

council for the arts board of directors

    • Julie Raulli

    • Tracy Ross

    • Dawn Burgoon

    • Judy Shoop

    • Don Burkholder

    • Annika Dowd

    • Marisol Feliciano

    • Michael Hayduk

    • Jewel Poston

    • Meghan Heebner

    • Suzanne Piper

    • Cathy Kwolek

    • Babette Wenerd

    • Brian Zoeller

    • Sheryl Snider

    • Sherree Devor

    • Bill Coy

    • Matthew McBride

    • Taylor Rote