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2024 Summer
Library Tour 

Do you love to perform? Yocum Institute seeks five youth actors, 13-18 years old, to perform in Julia Flood's The Great Alphabet Adventure, a 35 minute play that celebrates how books inspire our imaginations and creativity. Auditions will be held Saturday, June 1 - in 10-minute increments - between 10:00am-1:00pm. Rehearsals begin Monday, June 24 and run 12:00-3:00pm on weekdays (off Thu July 4). The Summer Library Tour will be Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 and will cover twelve library locations in just five days. Transportation and meals will be provided on performance days.

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Community Outreach

The mission of the Yocum Institute for Arts Education is to connect and enrich our community through arts education, creative performance, and innovative programs. Established in 1934 by Dr. Chester Wittell, the Wyomissing Institute of Fine Arts as it was originally called opened its doors to ensure that people living in West Reading and Wyomissing would have the same opportunities to experience excellence in arts instruction as people in the city. More than 80 years later, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education is the home to the Yocum Gallery, Primary Stages Productions, Art Goes to School, the Berks Art Alliance, and Neighborhood Bridges©, a critical literacy program created by the Children’s Theatre Company.

The Institute, as it is still affectionately called, remains a strong resource for education in and through the arts as it continues to offer on-site private and class instruction in all art disciplines. In keeping with the mission and long-term strategic plan of delivering relevant arts programming beyond the physical walls of the building, “The Institute” has developed an extensive outreach program. Through partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, libraries, recreation centers, and other nonprofit organizations in Berks County, Institute programs impact over 20,000 people annually – truly helping to realize our vision of “making the arts make a difference.”

Partner Organizations and Host Sites

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