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Arts & Culture
They say you can't truly understand someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. In the case of the unique amalgamation of cultural backgrounds prevalent in Reading, that statement could not be more true. The Amish and PA Dutch alone provide unique cultural experiences you can find only in and around the Greater Reading Area - walk or drive (yes, drive) through an historic covered bridge, visit a working Amish farm, and explore a selection of libraries and museums unlike any other. When you are done experiencing the culture, experience the arts. Reading is blessed with mellifluous musical groups, dramatic theatrical performances, and fun festivals that feature some of the most talented artists in the area. The arts and culture in Greater Reading, PA are truly astounding.
African Global Super Center
African Global Super Center is an emerging business headquartered in Reading, PA whose aim is to promote U.S and Africa trade. We create awareness of business on both sides of the ocean and the trade opportunities that they present. Our goal is to see more trade and business partnerships between U.S and African businesses that would foster economic growth. We strive to educate and inform as well as to break the stereotype and negative marketing of Africa. This is done through forums, conferences, meetings, trainings, seminars, summits, etc.
arts festival Reading
arts festival READING will be held throughout this unique building with an impressive array of
over 90 juried artists. Patrons can shop for the unique and unexpected at over 50 artisans´ booths, browse through more than 30 GoggleWorks artist studios and enjoy demonstrations and entertainment. Activities will occur throughout the buildings. All proceeds will directly benefit the GoggleWorks and support its mission to nurture the arts, foster creativity, promote education and enrich the community.
The Beidler House was built in 1783 by Conrad Beidler to serve as a home for the operator of the nearby grist mill. Ths mill, built in 1766 was destroyed by fire and only the stone walls remain. The house is open by appointment and for special programs.
Berks Arts Council
The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation. Berks Arts Council’s major events and programs include the Berks Jazz Fest, Bandshell Concert Series, Greater Reading Film Festival, the Pagoda Awards, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Re-Granting Program, and Artists Services.
Berks History Center
Our mission is to focus on the unique local history, the vast material and the diverse cultural heritage of Berks County by preserving, archiving and promoting this material to instill in our citizens of all ages and ethnic groups an awareness of this growing treasure of information.
Berks Jazz Fest
24th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest: March 28 - April 6, 2014.
Spend 10 jazz and blues-filled days and nights in the Greater Reading area! Over 120 scheduled events, plus great shopping and dining in one area, make the 24th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest your perfect spring getaway. Visit website for festival information, tickets and more.
Berks Salsa Fest
Berks Salsa Fest's mission is to unite our culturally-diverse community by providing a positive venue where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn the invigorating form of dance known as “Salsa,” while promoting self-confidence and inspiring personal growth. Our professional Latin dance instructors will work diligently to unlock the individual’s potential, preparing them for dance performances, competitions, or to simply utilize dance as a form of fitness.
Berks Youth Chorus
Berks Youth Chorus singers – from a diverse cross-section of neighborhoods, cultures, religions, and economic strata – come together, make music, and make friendships that last a lifetime.
Central PA African-American Museum
Bethel A.M.E. Church, now known as the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum, is a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was originally built in 1837, and is a 2 1/2-story brick and stucco building with a gable roof. It was rebuilt about 1867-1869, and remodeled in 1889. It features a three-story, brick tower with a pyramidal roof and topped by a finial. The church is known to have housed fugitive slaves and the congregation was active in the Underground Railroad. The church is now home to a museum dedicated to the history of African Americans in Central Pennsylvania.
Centre Park Historic District
Visit Centre Park, Reading’s premier historic neighborhood. Stroll through the neighborhood and view beautiful Victorian homes, or visit the Artifacts Bank where you’ll find loads of salvaged items perfect for rehabbing and repurposing.
Chile Pepper Festival
Event held at Bill DeLong Memorial Park, Bowers, PA 19511. The Hottest Little Town in the USA. Food, Vendors, Music, Crafts, Pepper Eating Contest, Salsa Contest. Chile Pepper & Heirloom Tomato Field Excursions, pick your own. The largest food festival of its kind in the U.S.A. For more information: 610-682-7045. Family friendly. No pets. No alcohol.
Conrad Weiser Homestead
The Conrad Weiser Homestead is a Pennsylvania state historic site located in Womelsdorf on Route 422. Conrad Weiser was an 18th century German immigrant who served as an Indian interpreter and helped coordinate Pennsylvania's Indian policy. He played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania. The homestead includes period buildings and a new orientation exhibit on a 26-acre Olmsted-designed landscaped park. Open Charter Day through the first weekend in December, on the first Sunday of every month, noon to 4 pm, plus regularly scheduled events. Special tours by appointment. Closed January and February.
Daniel Boone Homestead
The Daniel Boone Homestead is the birthplace of the famed frontiersman. The Boone House, constructed in three stages throughout the eighteenth century, is a 10-room, furnished, stone structure on 579 acres of rolling countryside. Tours, special events & programs, and recreational opportunities are provided throughout the year.
Ephrata Cloister was one of America's earliest religious communities. Nine original buildings remain today. Celibate members of this community were known for their self-composed music, Germanic calligraphy called "Frakturschriftern," and printing. A terrific educational and cultural experience.
Friends of Chamber Music of Reading
Welcome to another season of world-class chamber music in Reading. All concerts are free. Patron-subscribers are asked to contribute $100 for the series. Most performances are held at the WCR Center for the Arts, a national acoustic treasure, at 140 North Fifth Street, Reading.
GAPS (Gallery Above Penn Square)
GAPS (Gallery Above Penn Square), located in the historic Callowhill District of Reading, showcases local and international art exhibits. The "New York" style gallery features multilevel gallery space along with a state-of-the-art amphitheatre for musical venue Live@GAPS and many other venues as well.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
One of the largest, most comprehensive interactive community arts and cultural resource centers in the country. Located in downtown Reading, GoggleWorks offers an exceptional opportunity for everyone to experience and learn about the arts in working studio environments. Inside, you'll find four galleries, artist studios, dance and music studios, a wood shop, photography classroom, film theatre, glass-blowing facility, and ceramic and jewelry studios along with a cafe, gift shop, and office space for community arts and cultural organizations. Free parking. No admission fee. It's a whole city block where art happens. Visit the GoggleWorks open house event on the Second Sunday of every month.
Greater Reading Alliance of Community Theatres
The Alliance believes that theatre in Reading is high-quality, community-oriented, educational, and entertaining. The mission of the Alliance is to serve the needs of the Greater Reading theatre groups – by identifying, growing, and sharing the resources that each needs to be successful. Specifically, the Alliance strives to build, acquire and cultivate our ideal venue for performing, rehearsing, and operating; educate and develop actors, staff and crew; and raise the quality and enjoyment of theatre in Reading.
Historic Joanna Furnace
Visit this 19th Century ironmaking community... an historic remnant of Berks County's thriving early iron industry. Step back into a time where the aroma of hickory and pine fires and coal-fired steam engines permeated the woods and hills. Annual Fall Festival is held the first weekend after Labor Day.
Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County
Formed in 1964, the Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and maintain historic sites and structures in Berks County as memorial to the character and fortitude of American colonists. The Trust cares for eight 18th-century buildings throughout the county. Guided tours by appointment.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site preserves and interprets an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. The site is surrounded by the 73,000 acre Hopewell Big Woods, the largest forest in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Showcasing an iron plantation and it surrounding countryside, all of the park’s facilities are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. It is closed other federal holidays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, while the Visitor Center and historic village are closed, the grounds and restrooms remain open. A featured stop on Pennsylvania’s Civil War Trails, Hopewell Furnace is located five miles south of Birdsboro, PA, off of Route 345. Admission to Hopewell Furnace is free. For more information stop by the visitor center or contact us at email@example.com. Visitors with specific needs may contact the park for assistance before their visit.
KU Presents! strives to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University and the regional community through professional presentations of innovative and engaging live music, theater, and dance of the highest quality. Our patrons include area residents, schools and community groups, and the Kutztown University campus community.
Kutztown Area Historical Society
The mission of the Kutztown Area Historical Society is to collect and preserve, in a museum environment, material culture artifacts relevant to the history of the greater Kutztown area, to maintain a non-circulating library of publications and manuscripts relating to local and regional history, and to encourage the local conservation of sites and structures of historical and cultural significance to the region.