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2015 Summer Art & Music Programs PDF Print


It's time again for the Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts’ annual Summer Art & Music Programs and Festival. This is our 20th year of providing summertime art and music experiences for youth and adults in the greater Montgomery County region.

  All are welcome to experience, appreciate, and participate in our programs. This year's programs include

Summer Community Band, and three art courses: Painted Floor Cloths, Pastels, & Embellished Soft Sculpture.

 Back by popular demand is our Summer Community Bankd Band!!! This group is geared toward interaction between experienced musicians and youth participants.  A fun and relaxing atmosphere with family participation is encouraged.  The music will be a mixture of styles including jazz, rock and popular selections.   Fee will be $20.00 per person.  

The group this year will be directed by a group of professionals from our 20 year history.

 Rehearsal dates: July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Younger participants may be permitted at the discretion of FOVAPA and the director(s) based on space availability, qualifications and recommendations.


Art Courses:
Painted Floor Cloths
Thursday’s July 9, 16 & 23
6:30-8:30 PM:  St. Cecilia’s Hall, Fonda, NY
Phyllis Lapi – instructor
Monday’s July 13, 20 & 27
6:30-8:30 PM: St. Cecilia’s Hall, Fonda, NY
Phyllis Lapi – instructor
Embellished Soft Sculpture
Saturday July 18
10AM-3PM: St. Cecilia’s Hall, Fonda, NY
Jennet Jones – instructor
 Pre-registration for the programs is required, and begins May1, 2015.  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is open.  There are no auditions for any of the musical groups, and participants can be residents of any county. The group’s focus is Montgomery

County and southern Fulton County, but participants come from Scotia, Schenectady, Little Falls, Middleburgh, Mayfield and other surrounding communities. All participants receive a Kaleidoscope t-shirt.  The program and festival are supported to date by Target Foundation, Children’s Aid Association, NBT Bank, Montgomery County Youth Bureau and the Arkell Foundation.


 The Community Band will perform at our festival on August 2, 2015.  They will be joined onstage by Funk Evolution as well as folk band Annie and the Hedonists. 
 Off-stage activities will include art exhibits, a children’s art table, hands-on art workshops, and an interactive art experience. The festival is free and open to the public
 Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 non for profit all volunteer  organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for youth and adults to experience and participate in the arts in the Mohawk Valley Region of upstate New York.


FOVAPA is an all-volunteer organization. The small annual cost of membership goes a long way towards supporting our programs.

Membership Dues:

  • Student/Senior: $5
  • Individual: $10
  • Family: $25
  • Patron: $50
  • Sponsor/Business: $100
  • Corporate: $250

All members receive access to exclusive online content, and are welcome to attend all Board Meetings.


Online registration Form 


PDF Version     


 Existing Members please use the same form to renew registration.