By Sam Price, Community Partnerships RC&D

A new summer program developed by Community Partnerships RC&D in partnership with the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 and Mifflin Juniata Arts Council provides high-quality, interactive arts education for at-risk youth in Lewistown. Local youth learned about the work of Dale Chihuly and in his trademark style and worked to fashion their own chandelier designs from repurposed plastic water bottles. The week culminated in a trip to the Palmer Art Museum and the Penn State Arboretum where students checked another piece of recycled plastic art: “Gravity Schmavity: Repurposed Plastic Sculpture by Aurora Robson.” By refashioning discarded materials into delicate organic sculptures, Robson invites views to consider the long-lasting impacts of plastic.