Friends Of the Arts Announcements



    Owen J. Roberts Friends of the Arts and Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation are once again sharing the spirit of the holiday season by sponsoring our 4th Annual Tree Festival, Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12 to 4 PM. This year we have a new location; right in the heart of Coventryville at the homestead of George S. Chrisman and the Coventryville United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465. Both properties are on the National Register of Historic Places and date back to the pre-Revolutionary War days. This event supports and enhances the educational experience in the arts for the entire school district.

     We’re asking local businesses and civic groups to sponsor and/or decorate an artificial or live tree in a theme of their choosing.  We will then raffle these trees at the end of the event. All proceeds will go to our scholarship fund and ongoing assistance with the enrichment of the arts in our district. The tree festival includes OJR choral students providing entertainment, handmade crafts for families to sit together and create. Our district art club students will also be selling various holiday themed items.  Santa Claus will be visiting to view the trees and have his photo taken with good boys and girls. 

     In order to make this event a success we need donations of craft supplies, raffle and hospitality items, we have donation letters for you.... but most of all we need TREE SPONSORS!!!! If you have a home business, know someone who does, work with a civic group, or just love the holidays and would love to decorate and or sponsor and decorate an artificial or LIVE tree, or stocking please contact us here:  Susan at or 610-310-2691 or Sandy at or 484-919-1071.


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    WHO ARE WE?   




    The Friends of the Arts was organization in the mid 1970's by parents, educators and residents of the Owen J. Roberts School District  who felt that WE as a community needed  to FOSTER, GROW and ENHANCE the educational experience of our students by engaging them in the ARTS as much as possible. Thus the OJR FOA was born. 

    Over the past 42 years OJR FOA has funded concert and museum trips to Phila and NYC, hosted various performing arts groups from the United States Military, US City Orchestras, and University Singing groups.  Anything and Everything was done by the FOA to insure that the ART & MUSIC programs remain in our district.  We are most PROUD of our Scholarship Program!  In just the past 5 years we have awarded $49,000 in SCHOLARSHIPS to OJR graduating SENIORS who are pursuing college careers in the ARTS.  Today this is a HUGE UMBRELLA to cover with more and more careers opening up due in part to the ARTS!  

    For many years we hosted a Holiday House Tour, Annual Garden Tour of some of the hidden gems of Northern Chester Co and of course our JURIED SPRING CRAFT SHOW conducted the first weekend in March!  The Craft Show is currently our biggest fundraiser.  We are always looking for other ways to share the arts and grow our scholarship budget!  

    Here are just a few highlights of what we've done over the past few years to enhance the ARTS in OJR!. 

    • Grant funds to teachers for special projects/visiting artists/field trips/additional supplies for the classroom. 
    • Grant funds to other arts organizations in the school district - band front, The Naturals (acapella group). 
    • Promotion of individual school's student art shows. Showcase student art at the OJR Craft Show every March!
    • Annual donation to underwrite Upbeat Strings Camp.
    • Scholarships to Summer Art Camp. 
    • Pay to frame many of the student art you'll find showcased in all our schools! 
    • Sponsor a national program called ART GOES TO SCHOOL. This program brings the museum to the classroom in all 5 OJR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. These programs are taught by FOA VOLUNTEERS!   
    • In over 42 years we've paid out $150,000 in scholarship funds for our district students!  


    Join us in celebrating the ARTS! 



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    FRIENDS OF THE ARTS NEEDS YOU!  Below is a list of some of the committees we need your creativity, talents and gumption for:

    Hospitality-Art Goes to School Program-Holiday Tree Festival-Spring Juried Craft Show-Art in the Park Pop Up and new events we want to do!-Scholarship Interviewers-Folks who don't mind managing mailings, spreadsheets- basic admin things-Contacting News Media for Advertising and PR-chairpeople for new events!  If you don't know what or how you want to volunteer we'll help you find that perfect choice!   

    No previous experience is needed just a willingness to share in the joy of the ARTS!  We need fresh ideas--- do you enjoy creating or chairing events?   Greeting people at our Craft Show, working a 2 hour shift at our events?  Many hands make for little work for all involved! We all know how precious our time is so the more the merrier!  



    BONUS--You don't have to have kids in school or even be a parent. Any Resident of the Owen. J. Roberts School District can belong! If you want to me a part of this great group please e-mail Susan at or ask your children's art teacher!  



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  • Mail: Owen J. Roberts Friends of the Arts (OJR FOA)
     P O BOX 143
     Birchrunville, PA 19421