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Norwin group showcases arts via website, social media

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new local organization hopes to showcase arts throughout the Norwin region.

The Norwin Area Arts Council, founded by North Huntingdon resident Kathleen Heuer, hopes to keep residents informed about artistic opportunities, performances and displays throughout the region.

Heuer said she modeled the organization after a similar arts council in suburban Chicago, where she grew up.

“The arts council was a good way to find out what and when things were happening, but we didn't really have anything like that here,” Heuer said. “There are lots of things going on in our community, and not many people know what is going on.”

The group first came together in February, when Heuer met with several area dance instructors, band directors from the Norwin School District and local residents interested in other forms of art, to talk about how to spread the word about their activities.

They agreed someone should organize and maintain an online calendar, listing details about events and other artistic opportunities, she said.

“Once we started digging and looking for things, I realized there is a lot of stuff happening that nobody knows about,” Heuer said. “These things are worthwhile, and people should know about it.”

The group meets every other week to discuss upcoming artistic endeavors in the Norwin region, Heuer said.

The organization took its message to the Internet, where it established a website — http://norwinarts.org — and uses social-media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to post events and opportunities, Heuer said.

Ian Morrison, a music teacher at Hillcrest Intermediate School, contributes to the council with blog entries on its website that discuss arts throughout the school district. He said he hopes the council allows residents of all ages to find some kind of an artistic outlet.

“It's becoming a good resource to collect information about several organizations in one place,” Morrison said. “There is a very strong arts community in the region, especially with the Norwin Art League and a number of music schools and programs in Irwin, so there are a lot of opportunities for all ages to get involved.”

For more information on the Norwin Area Arts Council, visit norwinarts.org.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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