Corry Artists Guild
Corry Area Auxiliary
Corry Community Theatre
Creativity For You
In The Park Concert
SUNDAY IN THE PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
Corry Area Arts Council Inc
Summer In The Park
Series & Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Theatre and Special Events
Family Night at The Movies
Bus Trips to Chautauqua Institution
C4U Creativity For You
photo by Maryann Mook
Creativity for You, or
C4U, is a committee under the umbrella of the Corry Area
Arts Council Inc., whose members are working to provide fun,
cultural activities for the youth of the Corry area.
Creativity for Youth held its first fundraiser Wednesday at
Corry City Park. Members of C4U are, from left, Zack Puckly,
Joe Puckly, Phil Drake and Jim Mehs, president of the Corry
Area Arts Council. Missing from photo is Kaylene Beck.
Creativity sparks youth involvement in arts
Phil Drake, a 2012
graduate of Corry area High School, has an interest in
cultural arts. He plans to attend Jamestown Community
College in the fall to earn an associate degree in fine
In the meantime,
Drake is turning his attention to the cultural arts - or
lack thereof - for the youth in the Corry community.
contacted Mike Largarticha after being given
Largarticha's business card. Largarticha, the president
of the Corry Community Development Corp., and Drake met
in person to discuss the need for cultural arts for
said he wants to get a program going for the youth of
Corry and the surrounding area," Drake said. "We agreed
that there should be a group started, and there needs to
be a catchy name."
The name they came
up with is Creativity for You, or C4U.
Creativity for You
is a committee of the Corry Area Arts Council Inc.
Council President Jim Mehs is ecstatic that the youth of
the community are becoming involved in the arts.
"This all stems from
Corry's Vision 2020," Mehs said about Corry's strategic
plan. "That was one of the items that had a high
priority - find things for youth to do."
Drake said the plan
is to have a group composed of youth and run by youth.
"It's 'By the youth,
for the youth,'" Drake said. "Basically, that means we
raise money or learn how to write grants, we can have
the ability to do some fun things or add to the arts and
make Corry a better place with interesting things for
youth to do.
But even before the
group had its name, Drake contacted a friend, Kaylene
Beck, and asked her to come on board.
Beck said Creativity
for You was a thought that needed to be put into
"I want to see more
things in Corry for kids and young adults to enjoy,"
Beck said. "It's important because it lets us youth
speak for ourselves."
The Corry Arts
Council board of directors in June approved Creativity
for Youth as an ad hoc committee.
In the meantime, Joe
Puckly and his brother, Zack, both home-schooled
students, have joined Creativity for Youth.
Zack, 16, and Joe,
15, are the sons of Lisa Puckly and Rodney Puckly. They
are already involved in the Corry community as
volunteers with the Corry Area Historical Society and
are involved with Missoula Children's Theatre.
Zack said because he
hasn't been involved with Creativity for Youth very
long, he wants to give it a try before making a full
But he likes the
concept of the group.
"I think it's
important to socialize and help provide fun activities
for the youth," Zack said.
Joe Puckly said he
heard about Creativity for Youth from Beck, whom he met
through Missoula Children's Theatre.
"The reason I wanted
to get involved with Creativity for You is because I
think Corry may be lacking in things for youth to do,"
The group, under the
direction of Mehs, held its first fundraiser by selling
refreshments at Wednesday's performance of "The Merchant
of Venice" in Corry.
The group is also
passing out surveys to get a feel for what people know
about the Corry Area Arts Council.
"C4U is doing a
survey, asking people if they're aware of the Corry Area
Arts Council and what (arts council) events they
attend," Mehs said. "They have been passing out the
surveys at Corry Area Arts Council events."
Creativity for Youth is conducting a survey aimed at
"Its purpose is to
let the youth know what's going on and if they would
like to help or participate in a cultural event," Drake
Beck, 17, also is
home-schooled. She is the daughter of Kathy and William
Beck. She said she wants to see Creativity for Youth
"If we can get
others involved that want the same goals we do, I can
see this group bringing in lots of opportunities for
youth and the arts," Beck said. "That is what I would
like to see happen."
Zack and Joe Puckly
also do videography, and Mehs is hoping their talent in
that field will help the arts council.
"I'm hoping they
could make a documentary about the arts council and the
youth," Mehs said.
In addition to
Creativity for You, the Corry Area Arts Council
Auxiliary, the Corry Community Theatre and the Corry
Artists' Guild fall under the umbrella of the Corry Area
Creativity for Youth
is hoping to conduct more fundraisers. Their plan is to
sell refreshments and conduct a dime pitch at Sunday in
the Park, which takes place Aug. 5 in Corry City Park.
To become a member
of Creativity for You, all you have to do is fall
within the age limit - 10 up to mid-40s.
Mehs said the
average age of members of the Corry Area Arts Council
are of retirement age, and fresh blood is needed.
Drake, the son of
Steve and Kristen Drake, also has theater experience he
can bring to Creativity for Youth and the Corry Area
Arts Council. He has passed an audition for general
ensemble to perform in a production of "The Sound of
Music" at the Erie Playhouse in December. He hopes to
land the part of Rolf.
character I played in the Corry Area High School's
musical in 2011," said Drake, who also appeared in the
high school's production of "Beauty and the Beast" this
Mehs said that young
people becomeing involved in the Corry Area Arts Council
is crucial to the council's future.
involvement of young people like Phil, Kaylene, Zack and
Joe and others who join them, we will be assured that
the Corry Area Arts Council will remain a viable entity
as we move forward into the 21st century, " Mehs said.
Is C4U for you?
Anyone who is
interested in finding out more about Creativity for
You is asked to call Jim Mehs, president of the
Corry Area Arts Council, at 664-3626. Mehs will put
you in touch with one of the C4U members. Kaylene
Beck has created a Facebook page at
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