Bradford County Regional Arts Council
Learn about all the programs BCRAC offers to continue advancing the Arts in Bradford County. While you are at it, read our mission to learn what makes us tick and don't forget to visit your local theatre to see all the great events going on there! Finally, learn more all about us and meet the staff behind the mission.
Phone / Email:
(570) 268-ARTS (2787)
In 1988, the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC) hired Brooks Eldredge-Martin as its first employee and Executive Director. In the period 1988 to 1995, the BCRAC purchased, renovated and began operating the only three historic theatres remaining in Bradford County.
As a result of a 1996 long-range plan the BCRAC expanded its arts and cultural mission, 'to promote arts and culture in our region', by becoming a Partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for re-granting and implementation of arts in education programs serving six counties in the Northern Tier.
In 1997, the BCRAC began to focus on arts in education programs for early childhood. The BCRAC formed the Learning Early Network, which was selected as a "Best Practice in the Arts in Pennsylvania" in 1999. On June 3, 2007 the BCRAC received the first-ever American's for the Arts - Arts in Education Award in Las Vegas.
In 2000, the BCRAC became a Partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for re-granting funds in support of public, community arts activities. BCRAC now implements this program throughout seven counties in the Northern Tier.
In 2012, the BCRAC experienced a leadership change with the retirement of long-time Executive Director Brooks Eldredge-Martin. This was followed closely by long-range planning and evaluation of the organization. As a result, the Board of Directors approved a revised mission statement in 2013:
"The Bradford County Regional Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting a thriving regional arts community by:
- Advocating for the Arts;
- Cultivating quality arts programming; and
- Preserving Bradford County's historic theatres as venues for performances, community events, and movies."
Today, the BCRAC continues to serve as a multi-faceted local arts service organization offering live performances, arts in education programs, re-granting opportunities, and first-run movies, all while maintaining Bradford County's historic theatres.