Residents of the Pocono Mountains area believe that a strong cultural atmosphere is vital to the quality of life in their community. Through a variety of offerings in Monroe County and surrounding areas, residents and visitors can enjoy and participate in an active and growing arts and cultural environment.
Many professional artists make their homes and exhibit their work in the Poconos. Galleries specializing in a variety of styles, from contemporary to traditional, can be found along the backroads and in downtown areas throughout the region. Workshops and classes as well as clubs and associations are available for those interested in any form of visual art including crafts, photography, painting and sculpture.
A wealth of performance opportunities can be found throughout the area. From classical to jazz music, ballet to modern dance, or professional to community theater, there is something for everyone. Attending a dance performance, acting in local theater, or singing in a choir's the region offers many chances to become part of its exciting performing arts community.
The rich heritage of the region is demonstrated by such distinctive attractions as a living farm experience, native American cultural exhibits, one-room schools, period homes and railway sites. These diverse museums and historic buildings entice the inquisitive public to explore the area’s exciting past. Special programs, workshops, tours and events for all ages are offered throughout the year.
Quality arts-related businesses are available. A wide array of local ad agencies, graphic artists, illustrators and printers offer professional services comparable to those found in large metropolitan areas.
Pocono Arts Council (PAC)
The Pocono Arts Council (PAC) is the county-wide arts service organization established in 1975 to foster a rich and varied cultural environment in the Poconos. From its location at 18 North Seventh Street in Stroudsburg, the Council offers a variety of programs and services, including a monthly newsletter; MCAC ARTSPACE Gallery; classes for children and adults; public gallery exhibits throughout the county; Arts in Education Regional Residencies, and a website at www.poconoarts.org
. The Council is strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and regrants money to local organizations conducting arts programming as one of ten PA Partners in the Arts. Membership is open to both artists and non-artists, and the Council strongly believes that “Culture Builds Community.” For more information, contact Executive Director Laura Goss at 570.476.4460.
Monroe County Historical Association (MCHA)
Headquartered at the Stroud Mansion in downtown Stroudsburg since 1921, MCHA maintains three research and museum facilities open to the general public. The mission of MCHA is to promote the history of Monroe County and its surrounding areas. MCHA is dedicated to educating diverse audiences through a variety of resources and programs, including tours, lectures, workshops, professional outreach and children’s activities. For information, contact Executive Director Amy Leiser at 570.421.7703, or visit www.mcha-pa.org