Wilkes University’s Sordoni Art Gallery received a $1,000 grant from the 2018 Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards Local Committee.
Heather Sincavage, assistant professor and director of the Sordoni Art Gallery, said the grant will be used to fund the hands-on community activities that complement the gallery’s spring exhibitions. The exhibitions include The Peasant War by Kathe Kollwitz and Sacred Sisters by Holly Trostle Brigham, both of which are running from Jan. 15 to March 1, and Ukiyo-E to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Syracuse University Art Collection, which is running from April 2 to May 18.
The gallery plans to have poetry workshops inspired by the Kollwitz exhibit and a bonsai tree workshop to accompany the Japanese woodblock print show. The grant will also help with activities offered at the Third First Art Block events and at the weekly Farmer’s Market.
“One of the goals of the Sordoni Art Gallery is to make the visual arts accessible for diverse audiences,” Sincavage said. “We look to interpret what is on our walls through hands-on activities, thus providing a greater appreciation for the artists on view. I am honored that the Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards Committee selected the Sordoni Art Gallery, among other wonderful organizations in the region, to support our programming. This is a testament to how we are part of an exciting and vibrant arts community in the Wyoming Valley.”