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Destination Norristown Arts Hill: Creating change through creativity The Norristown Arts Festival brings together talents from across the Philadelphia region for a day of food, fun and entertainment for people of all ages. Showcasing local and regional talents the festival strives to bring new life to the Norristown community through the arts. Visit for directions and more information.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Norristown Arts Council Announces Crying Sam Elmwood Jam 4 The Hill

Norristown Arts Council and Crying Sam Entertainment will hold the 1st edition of The Crying Sam Elmwood Jam 4 The Hill for the Greater Norristown Region. The Times Herald (media sponsor) will present the Montco Idol Contest finalists at the concert.
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (May 2, 2015) Norristown Arts Council presents the Crying Sam Elmwood Jam 4 the Hill to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Elmwood Park, celebrating the 6th Year Anniversary of Norristown Arts Hill, Norristown’s developing Arts and Culture District and the Arts Community of Norristown.
Norristown Arts Council and Crying Sam Entertainment are proud to feature 7 dynamic musical groups from the greater Philadelphia region, along with The Times Herald’s presentation of the third annual Montco Idol Contest, as another rich offering of quality events in the Arts presented in the city of Norristown. Acclaimed bands ranging in genre from folk, classic rock and jazz to gangster folk, and R&B will party and jam in Elmwood Park for more than half a day of free entertainment. The Times Herald’s Montco Idol Contest will showcase this year’s three finalists from the ongoing yearly talent show as part of the musical offering for the day. Audience members will participate in voting for the overall winner. Crying Sam Elmwood Jam 4 the Hill is a free event gifted to the community by Norristown Arts Council. Multiple food truck vendors, including Willis Brothers World’s Famous Barbecue, will be featured for spectators to eat during the day, as well as a beer station with chosen cold favorites, sponsored in part by our friends at Gretz Beer. Community Partners, Elmwood Park Zoo, Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting and Cabrini College will be part of the Festivities for the day! Elmwood Park Zoo will offer free admission to Norristown residents. Whole Foods Market will provide support for the bands, volunteers and spectators.
Proceeds from the Crying Sam Elmwood Jam 4 the Hill will benefit productions and operations of Norristown Arts Council and Norristown Arts Hill as advocates for Norristown’s Arts and Culture organizations. “This year, we are proud to offer the community an array of fantastic highenergy bands on a day traditionally reserved for The Norristown Arts Hill Festival. So many great bands wanted to work with us this year, we decided to mix things up a bit by throwing a concert for the community. There’s no better place to do that in Norristown than in our beloved Elmwood Park Fire Chiefs’ Memorial Band Shell! The Norristown Arts Hill Festival we’ve all grown to love will return in 2016. This concert will help us raise money to aid Norristown’s existing Arts community, prospective new members of that community, and the operations and productions of Norristown Arts Council,” said Rich Rogers, President of the Norristown Arts Council.
A show of support has aided in production of this year’s celebration from Cabrini College, Crying Sam Entertainment (concert producer), Elmwood Park Zoo, Gretz Beer, the Municipality of Norristown, Montgomery County Commissioners, Navitas Marketing (marketing sponsor), The Times Herald (media sponsor), Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting and stakeholders and partners in the greater community. The Municipality of Norristown and its public service departments offer invaluable support and human resources for this event. Concert Information, including performance schedule and information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, is available and, and
Celebrate with us! The Arts are Alive in Norristown!
Richard W. Rogers, Jr. – President Norristown Arts Council
Telephone: 610-955-2830
208 DeKalb Pike, Norristown PA, 19401

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Norristown Arts Council Annual Meeting and Elections


TO:                  Norristown Arts Hill Stakeholders and Supporters
FROM:            Norristown Arts Council


Norristown Arts Council is holding its Annual Meeting and annual election for membership to the Board of Directors on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Norristown Borough Hall, 235 East Airy Street. Interested candidates should be prepared to give a brief (1 to 2 minute) introduction and statement of candidacy for the voting membership, stakeholders and meeting attendees.


As of January 2015, Board positions are available for representatives from:

  • Arts and Cultural Institutions
  • Greater Area Business Community
  •  Local, County and/or Stat Government


Many positions are available for committee members:
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer
  • Special Events
  • Communications


If interested in candidacy for membership to the Board of Directors or NAC committees for Norristown Arts Council, please submit:

  1. Your name
  2. Your resume and bio
  3. A brief statement of intended candidacy (Board Only)

All candidate information is to be submitted prior to January 27, 2015 to be included on the ballot.
Send replies for candidacy to:

Norristown Arts Council                          or          
208 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401


A minimum of seven (7) and a maximum of thirteen (13) Board positions are to occupied according to the NAC bylaws as follows:


            The Arts Council Board of Directors shall include in its voting membership at least four (4) representatives of the arts and cultural institutions residing within the Arts Hill District and four (4) representing the business community and one (1) representing local and/or county government as best befits the needs of the Arts Council and one (1) from the position of Business Development Coordinator, and three (3) members at-large appointed from the Greater Norristown Community
            2.1       Number and Qualifications.   The business and affairs of the Arts Council shall be managed by its Directors, which shall consist of at least seven (7) persons but not more than thirteen (13) persons who shall be natural persons at least 18 years of age.
            2.2       Election and Term of Office.  The Arts Council Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting by Arts Hill stakeholders and will hold office until their successors shall be elected and qualified.  Any Director may be removed with or without cause at any time by the decision of a majority of the other Directors of the Arts Council.  Terms shall be for a period of at least one year, but at the consideration of the Arts Council may be staggered for periods of two (2) or three (3) years as to best serve the needs of the Arts Council. While a three year term is the normal limit for service, the Arts Council may extend the service of a Director for an additional term.  A Director may not serve on the Arts Council for more than two consecutive terms.  After a hiatus of at least one (1) year, a previous Director may again be considered for election to the Arts Council Board.   Directors are to designate specific assignation of titles for the purpose of conducting business as befits a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consisting of a President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Other titles may be assigned as suitable for the conducting of the business of the Arts Council.

Respectfully Submitted by Norristown Arts Council

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Arts on Trail Mixer

You’re invited:  to an Arts Mixer!

The Norristown Arts Council Presents An Arts Mixer
Thursday November 20th

OIC Building
 1101 Arch Street
Norristown PA 19401

Art on Our Trails: Grant Update and Discussion
Join Anne Leavitt-Gruberger and Sarah Richardson from the Montgomery County Planning Commission for a discussion of the recent submitted ArtPlace grant. If received, this PlaceMaking grant would help build community by funding art on the county’s trails.

Come and be part of the discussion of the role art could play on the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown.

Questions: Contact

Monday, August 25, 2014

Norristown Arts Council’s New Special Events

Norristown Arts Council has several events designed to celebrate and showcase local artists, arts organizations, Norristown and Norristown Arts Hill.

Visit our site in the upcoming weeks to learn about:

The Norristown Arts Hill Movie Series
Engage in viewing and discussion of topical documentaries, exciting film and family entertainment in many of Norristown’s arts-related locations and venues.

Norristown Arts Hill Feature Chef Series
Be an exclusive guest of a Feature Chef at some of Norristown’s top eateries and participate in a private interactive cooking demonstration and special dinner all enjoyed with great company, great food and a few surprises. J  
Limited Seating by Reservation Only

Norristown Arts Hill “Select” Mixers
Business/Arts/Social Mixers will allow guests from Norristown’s Arts community and stakeholders to engage in productive social/business mixers with Arts organizations from neighboring towns in the greater region allowing opportunities for growth, learning and new partnerships in the Arts.

Check back frequently for updated dates, locations, and RSVP information for these featured series. If you would like to participate in, host or sponsor any of these events, contact us at

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Arts Are Alive In Norristown!

The Norristown Arts Council would like to thank everyone who participated in the 5th Annual Norristown Arts Hill Festival. The event showcased the immense artistic talent in the Norristown area- 29 different performances, including singing, dancing, spoken word, and theater. Performers included veterans like George Weldon and Alaina Nelson, to the new talents like Montco Idol finalists Aubrey DeMedio, Molly McLane, and Tammy Tuckey (if you haven't voted already, go to

We would like to thank the record number of vendors who participated this year. From the Willis Brothers barbecue, to smoothies, paintings, jewelry, and other service providers- all of the vendors meet the needs of the Norristown community and were an important part of the festival.

Most importantly we would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the beautiful day, making this yet another memorable day on Arts Hill.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Come to the Norristown Arts Hill Festival This Saturday!

Come to the 5th Annual Norristown Arts Hill Festival, this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the corner of Main and DeKalb Street in Norristown. This year's festival features dozens of excellent performers, vendors, and special activities for the kids.

The Norristown Arts Festival features both established performers and supports new talent, such as Montco Idol finalists Aubrey DeMedio, Molly McLane and Tammy Tuckey.  Be sure to come out and watch these rising stars perform and vote for this year's winner.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Congratulations Montco Idol Semi-Finalists!

Out of 27 excellent entries, our judges have picked the Top 12 to compete for the opportunity to perform at the Norristown Arts Hill Festival on Saturday May 3rd, competing for the top prize of a radio-ready demo recording at Forge Recording in Oreland.

Now it's up to you!  Vote for your favorite at, view the video entries and make your choice.

The 12 semi-finalists are:

Aubrey DeMedio
Alyssa Garcia
Yasmine Roc-Robinson
Kara Koser
Emma Cullen
Jason Buckwalter
Tammy Tuckey
Jazmin Reddick
Nevada Lieberher
Molly McLane
Diana Springer
Sara Shope

Be sure to check out our local talent, and then come to the Festival to see who wins the grand prize!

For more information vist