Initiatives

Folk and Traditional Arts: As a Folk and Traditional Arts Partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts the Everhart works to sustain cultural and artistic practices rooted in the histories, traditions, and everyday lives of people in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. We work to identify traditional artists in the NEPA region, assist those artists in keeping their traditions and create community access to folk arts through presentations, performances, workshops, and other programs.

Folk arts are rooted in community traditions, in collective experiences and often come from a specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional group. These practices are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities and are passed down from one generation to another.

Have questions or know a folk artist? Send us an email.

In the Community: Through our Everhart Connects senior arts initiative, we’ve established long-term artists-in-residence programs “On the Road” working with community partners, outside of the Museum walls.

Our artist-in-residence program at Wesley Village at United Methodist Homes in Pittston is designed to benefit people with early stages of cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their caretakers. The focus of the residency is on the process of art as a means of transformation and understanding. The program follows the creative-aging open studio model, where emphasis is on possibility rather than limitation. The Wesley Village artists-in-residence are Jennifer Hill, poet and performer, Elizabeth Parry Faist, visual artist, and Doug Smith, musician. The artists work together to present local artists work from the Everhart Collection. The work becomes a springboard for dialogue and is interpreted by participants through writing, performance, music and visual arts. The multi-modal approach to the design of the residency keeps participants active on multiple levels of engagement.

As an extension of Everhart Connects, the Dietrich Theater is hosting an artist-in-residence “Stitching it All Together” with fiber artist Peg McDade. In this residency, Peg shows examples of the textiles from the Everhart Collection and participants explore memories of home, locale and place.

All Everhart Connects initiatives, including the Everhart Drop-in Workshops and Evergreen Senior Arts programs are in partnership with the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Arts in Education Partnership of the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation.

Would you like to know more about our “On the Road” programs? Email us.

In the Schools: Through our Museum On the Road and residency programs, we work to develop students’ imaginations and skills. We do this to create a stronger sense of community and so students can develop a deeper appreciation of art, natural history, and science.