The Blair County Arts Foundation
Through their ownership of the Mishler Theatre, the Blair County Arts Foundation (BCAF) is preserving one of the remaining links to the area’s cultural past. This grand facility has served as the area’s performing arts center since 1906 and is currently home to Altoona Community Theatre and Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
As a presenter of cultural programming, the BCAF offers area residents high quality and widely diverse opportunities. Renowned featured artists like Mandy Patinkin join the impressive roster of Mishler stars that includes greats Sara Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, Al Jolsen, Helen Hayes, Anna Pavolwa, and John Phillip Sousa.
National touring company productions of “A Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Odd Couple” starring Jamie Farr and William Christoper, have energized audiences and continue to uphold the Mishler’s rich tradition of live theatrical experiences.
Laughing, learning, and loving! Wonderful family vaules to share with your children.
This annual series of professional productions attracts nearly 20,000 children, parents, and educators each season and makes a significant contribution to the early childhood educational process.
Blair County Arts Festival
The Blair County Arts Foundation has also sponsored the annual Blair County Arts Festival, a community showcase and celebration of the area’s cultural resources.
The weekend event, which is currently in its 51st year in 2019 and featured a juried fine arts exhibit, a juried crafts market, artists in action, a student music showcase, children’s activities, and a schedule of continuous performing artists.