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Radio Smart Talk: Lancaster Arts Boom

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | May 24, 2013 6:59 AM

The arts community in the city of Lancaster has always been strong. The city has a history in theatre, opera, music and art galleries that has deep roots.

But there are reports that in the past several years, there has been a new resurgence in the arts throughout Lancaster. Some have called it a cultural renaissance.  There has been an influx of artists, writers, musicians, actors and arts promoters moving to Lancaster in the past few years.

Lancaster has become such a drawing place for the “creatives” as they have been termed, that some are saying it has potential to be a regional hub for the arts, similar to cities like Austin, Texas or Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday on Radio Smart Talk we’ll explore this Lancaster phenomenon with three special guests.

Barry Kornhauser has a long history with the arts in the city, having spent more than 30 years at the Fulton Theatre, and currently in charge of the Family Arts Collaborative at the Ware and Winter Centers at Millersville University.

Jason Mundok  is a blogger with a weekly  podcast “Around the Wood Stove” , focusing on the current  Lancaster arts scene.

Jennifer Baker is the director of  MOOSE,  the Mayor's Office of Special Events, involved in helping promote the efforts of arts organizations.


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Jason Mundok, Barry Kornhauser, Jennifer Baker, Cary Burkett

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Comments: 12

  • Luna img 2013-05-24 07:32

    I really feel that there's been a resurgence in the food scene along with the arts scene. Do the two often go hand in hand in cities that have experienced similar booms? A number of Lancaster restaurants are doing some really creative things, and many are using locally-produced foods, which I appreciate.

  • Aaron Marcel Gagné img 2013-05-24 08:31

    What? Jason Mundok from Wood Stove House is also a musician? Great! See him tonight at Lancaster Dispensing Company 9:30-12:30 performing some of his own songs! Then he'll join his other band Mark DeRose and the Dreadnought Brigade who will be headling the evening!

    Thanks Aaron Gagne

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-24 08:44

    Email from Anne:

    Don't forget the Classical music scene. I would enjoy hearing some discussion about the Lancaster Symphony, Allegro Chamber Orchestra etc.

  • Linda S img 2013-05-24 08:45

    This is in response to your first caller concerned about affordable housing in the city. Lancaster is not immune from this problem and several others that plague American cities. The development of the arts did not cause this but the economic impact of the arts in Lancaster allows us to tackle some of these other issues. Millions of dollars of revenue are brought into the city each year as a result of the arts. We are now able to focus on some of these issues because we are in a better economic position.

    One nonprofit that supported the arts initiative financially over multiple years with a major grant is the Lancaster County Community Foundation. This financial commitment made it possible for the organizations in the best position to plant the seeds of our success to move ahead. The Community Foundation stands ready to work in creative ways to address some of these other opportunities to solve what problems we still need to address.

  • Bob Ulrich img 2013-05-24 08:47

    A discussion of the Arts Renaissance in Lancaster is not complete without a nod to Gary & Mary Smith and their Theater of the Seventh Sister. TSS has been an ongoing and essential element of the Lancaster Arts scene for decades, and their efforts to transform the Stahr Armory on North Queen Street into a multi-use arts facility were noble in the least, and will - it is my hope - draw enough attention to that now abandoned facility that it can become another jewel in the city's artistic crown.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-24 08:48

    Email from Steve, York:

    Hello all,
    Why doesn't the Long's Park summer concert series use local talent to open up their shows?

    Thanks for a great show,

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-24 08:50

    Email from Rachel:

    Please let the first caller know that there are FREE concerts at Long's Park every Sunday during the summer.
    (They are sponsored by those who attend the Long's Park Arts & Crafts Show over the Labor Day weekend.)

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-24 08:55

    facebook comment from Kinectiv

    we love Lancaster! Such a great mix of artistic, creative, and professional people with charisma, character, and genuine desire to contribute in their community.

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