READING, Pa .– Around a conference room inside GoggleWorks, a number of artists have temporarily put down their cameras, brushes and dance shoes, and replaced them with pens, iPads and computers portable.
Ready to plan a variety of events and help bring more diversity to the arts community, they are known as the Reading Arts Collective.
“It’s extremely encouraging to have such a palpable energy from so many people from so many different backgrounds who want to see this kind of thing happen,” said Bradford Waples of the Reading Arts Collective.
One at the reunion has made an effort to bring unique talent to the Stirling Guest Hotel with an outdoor summer concert series and JazzFest next month. The group is also planning the Reading FilmFest which will begin in September.
“What I see in this piece are all different types and genres of arts and also all different people from all walks of life, which is something that really turns me on,” said Lucille DiGiamberardino, artistic director of the Stirling Guest Hotel.
One of the other artists in the room has her own dance company, is involved with Reading Film Studios and is looking for more collaboration in the local community.
“The more we all collaborate, the more people we can attract, more investors, more help, the more everyone can get to know someone else’s idea, and” Hey, we have the same idea “” said Luiz Garcia with Playback from the movie studios.
The next event for the group is “Art The Block,” which begins Wednesday at 5 p.m. at 20 South Fourth St.