Keeping the Arts Alive in Cambria County.

Celebrating the 18th Anniversary of this memorable event, we again honor two individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of your Community Arts Center. The Richard G. Baker Recognition Awards will be given for Dedication to Volunteer Service to a Volunteer and for Excellence in Teaching to an Arts Center Teacher. The
honorees will be given a $450 Cash Award and a Waterford Crystal Bowl through the generosity of Mrs. Wanda Baker who established the awards in memory of her husband’s service to our community. Mr. Baker was a highly respected engineer in his field, working for the Pennsylvania Electric Company from 1946 to 1984. He retired as a Vice President.  In the community, he served on the Board of Directors of the Incorporators of Grandview Cemetery and as Past President of Lee Hospital Board of Directors.


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Guest Speaker Barbara Zaborowski

Barbara Zaborowski, Ph.D., Dean of Learning Resources/Special Assistant to the President of

Pennsylvania Highland Community College

Dr. Zaborowski has been a librarian for 27 years during which time she has served in school, public, and academic libraries. Currently, she serves as Dean of Library Resources at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Starting at the College in 1995, she has been instrumental in building the library and promoting library services to students and faculty.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing and Secondary Education, a Master’s degree in Library Science, and a Doctorate in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. 
In 2010, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association presented her with its Heritage Preservation Award for her efforts in digitizing and preserving the history of Johnstown and for her original research on the Underground Railroad in central Pennsylvania.  In 2012, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Information Science.

She is a member of the American Association of University Women and serves on the Board of the Friends of Cambria City. Currently, she is working on the Cambria Memory Project to digitize memorabilia and history connected to Cambria County. 


Community Arts Center of Cambria County
Hours of Operation

Excellence in Teaching
Lara Rice, (Excellence in Teaching) Lara Rice is a landscape oil painter who resides in Johnstown. She has been painting for 22 years.  She grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where she studied painting three nights a week at the Yellow Barn Studio in Cabin John, MD, with Walter Bartman as her instructor. From a very young age, her world was changed when she was taught to paint. It is hard to explain why having to paint is a part of her. When Lara was in art school, she became fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci and still is to this day. Among other accolades, she studied art history and painting at the University of Hawaii.  Lara believes and says, to anyone willing to listen, “there are two kinds of days, painting days and non-painting days. Painting days are always better.’” Lara teaches adult painting & drawing classes here at the center and Saturday morning workshops, plus children’s art classes and summer art camps. She also works with the Community Arts Center’s Outbound Art outreach program and teaches art to senior citizens from the Johnstown Senior Center.

18th Anniversary


Dedication to Volunteer Service

Melanie Rossi, (Dedication to Volunteer Service) Melanie Rossi grew up in Johnstown. Graduated from the Johnstown Vo-Tech and studied
Floriculture and Horticulture. She is a creative, nature loving girl who doesn't mind getting her busy fingers dirty. After a career with a local
communications company, Melanie has had a series of “FUN” jobs. She firmly believes that everyone should have at least one fun job in their life! She has been working for the last 12 years as a Floral Designer for a local flower shop. She admits that the Community Arts Center “found” her, and believes that everyone should give back to their community. She says, “it makes me happy to volunteer.” Melanie credits her creativity from her mom, Eleanor Cintula who taught her to sew, knit, and crochet in the 4th grade.  Melanie also teaches classes and workshops at the center.