The Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, a consortium of organizations and individuals devoted to promoting the region as a cultural magnet, has selected Bucks County Community College as its Member of the Year.
The award, which will be presented at the council’s annual members reception on September 13, at the James A. Michener Museum, recognizes the college’s work in the education, promotion and support of the arts in Bucks County.
“We are pleased to acknowledge Bucks County Community College’s long-term role in both educating the public and serving as a venue for arts and cultural events,” said council president Anna-Lena Bromberg. “We are fortunate to have such a highly regarded teaching institution as a member of our council, a member that is consistently supportive and inclusive of our rich arts and cultural community.”
Founded in 1964, the public, two-year college offers nearly 80 programs of study that lead to an associate degree or certificate. It’s one of the few community colleges in the country accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Association of Schools of Music.
“The college values its longstanding partnership with the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County through our shared vision of promoting the arts throughout the region,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, president of Bucks County Community College. “We are honored to be recognized by the council and look forward to future collaborations.”
Recently, the college partnered with several organizations to cohost the first annual Plein Air Festival which featured fifty artists from Bucks County and all over the United States. It hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, most of which are free, at venues like the Hicks Art Center Gallery in Newtown, The Gallery at the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, and a picturesque outdoor amphitheater at the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie. The Zlock Performing Arts Center at Newtown is also host to musical and theatrical events, while the Language and Literature Department sponsors the Bucks County Poet Laureate contest and Wordsmiths Reading Series, attracting bards and literature lovers from across the region.
The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County’s annual members reception, when the award will be presented to the college, takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, at the James A. Michener Museum, located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa.