Lively Arts Collaborates with Indiana Arts Council for Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival

Posted on 11/27/2017 5:51:29 PM

As its second Lively Collaborations to date, the Lively Arts at IUP will team up with the Indiana Arts Council to help keep the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival the successful community event it has become. Members of the council and steering committee will join the Lively Arts at its next Ovations! event when the Hot Sardines come to Fisher Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3.

“The Lively Arts has been a long-time supporter of the festival, and we were excited to hear about their Lively Collaborations program,” said Karen Salser, IAC executive director. “What better way to help raise money for the arts than through the arts!”

Poster for Lively Collaborations with Indiana arts Council and the Westsylvania Jazz and Blues FestivalThis year will mark the fifth year for the festival, held in downtown Indiana on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The day-long outdoor festival brings local, regional, and national talent to the IRMC Park while providing economic opportunities for local businesses and educational experiences for the area’s young musicians.

“Part of our mission as a festival includes not only presenting the American musical art form of Jazz, but in educating the next generation of musicians and enthusiasts—which is part of what the Lively Arts does as a portion of each presentation they bring to IUP's campus,” said David Ferguson, assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts and a member of the festival steering committee.

During their evening at Fisher, the members will be providing pre-show cookies and punch as well as providing information on the festival and other upcoming fundraising events. They will also sell their “One Great Stocking Stuffer” raffle tickets.

The Lively Collaborations program was recently established with the hopes of attracting the interest of local nonprofit organizations looking for a new—and entertaining—way to raise funds to support their cause. In addition to being invited to set up a table in the lobby during an Ovations! event, the nonprofit organization will be assigned a discount code specific to the event they reserve. The discount code allows for a $4 discount on tickets, and, with every code used, the Lively Arts will donate $2 to the organization. The code for this Lively Collaboration is “WJBF,” good for $4 off tickets to see the Hot Sardines, up to four tickets (cannot not be applied to previously purchased tickets).

For more information about the Lively Collaborations, please call the Lively Arts office at 724-357-2787 or e-mail