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Paul Andreas

Art Makes a Difference
by Paul Andreas, 1 Oct 2007

Paul Andreas is the development director of the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA, a job that incorporates fundraising and all development related elements. He has a background in advertising sales which led to coordinating the printed brochure for "Art on the Town", the monthly Art Loop in Wilmington, DE. This interaction with artists and gallery owners eventually led to a greater interest and appreciation for the world of visual arts.

The following is an overview of the Chester County Art Association's successes and accomplishments in its seventy sixth year of existence as a non-profit arts organization in Chester County, PA.

Paul Andreas, Development Director of the Chester County Art Association

Chester County Art Association:

  • Over 2,000 children participated in summer art camps and educational ArtReach programs in 2007
  • Over 1,000 adults participate in CCAA education and exhibition opportunities throughout the year
  • Chester County Art Association celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2006 which included the "Growing the Arts" public arts project of which there were 75 uniquely designed planters located in public venues throughout Chester County from May through September.
  • CCAA has won many awards since its founding in 1931 including the 2006 Art & Business Partnership Award presented by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia for the collaboration with the Exton Square Mall that created the Exton Square Studio and awards by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a display in the Container Division in the 2006 and 2007 Philadelphia Flower Shows. In prior years awards have included: BRAVO National Education Awards; the Special Recognition Arts Management Excellence Award of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; and First Place in the nationwide "Chalk It Up" Sidewalk Mural contest.
  • Current ArtReach programs include the Exton Square Studio located in the Exton Square Mall offering art classes free to all interested children and adults, in Kennett Square at the Garage Community and Youth Center offering free art classes to children and teens and at a HUD Housing Community in West Chester providing free art classes for community children. (These three programs are approved for Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit funding). CCAA also provides free art classes at the Coatesville Veterans Hospital in Coatesville for the Psychiatric Outpatient Day Treatment Program.
  • CCAA Employs more artists and teachers who have their BFA or MFA degrees to implement its education and community outreach programs than any other art center in Chester County. Many faculty members are working, accomplished artists in diverse media, and some also serve as faculty members at area art colleges and universities. All share a strong love of art and teaching, and are committed to community-based art education and art appreciation.
  • Chester County Art Association also provides exhibition opportunities for experienced and aspiring artists, hosting an average of 14 juried exhibitions annually along with solo exhibitions and an annual high school art show.
  • CCAA is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, West Chester Chamber of Commerce, and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

Paul Andreas, Development Director of the Chester County Art Association

CCAA's mission statement: The Chester County Art Association is a non-profit, cultural organization that promotes participation in the arts through quality instruction, exhibitions, and community outreach. CCAA believes that art does make a difference, and has enhanced the community by involving people of all ages and aspirations in the arts since 1931.

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