Shippensburg Arts Programming & Education
SHAPE's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Shippensburg community
through interactive cultural, artistic, and heritage activities.
As a town grows both in population and in reputation it is only natural for an arts organization to emerge and take shape. Thus in 1999, SHAPE was founded when a few business owners, university faculty members, and local artists got together. They recognized a need for an organization to promote the arts in Shippensburg. Since its inception, SHAPE has hosted close to 100 gallery exhibits, held hundreds of art classes, organized house tours, arts events, culminating with the creation of the annual Solstice Arts Festival.
Thank you to all who support us in our endeavor to enhance the cultural impact of Shippensburg. We continue to grow and evolve with the support and generosity of our members and local businesses. We look forward to continuing our current programs while expanding in the near future to meet the increasing demands of the arts scene in Shippensburg.
SHAPE would like to thank the following for their generous contributions:
Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts - Community Partnerships RC&D
Shippensburg United Way
Alexander Stewart M.D. Foundation
Mary and Richard Hosfeld Memorial Trust
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education (SHAPE) receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Become a Member of SHAPE Today!
Support the Arts in the Shippensburg Area by becoming a member of SHAPE. We are a non-profit, all volunteer arts organization who owes its existence to grants, donations and membership fees. Your membership helps bring cultural events, galley exhibitions and art classes to our community.
Please consider joining!
SHAPE is an all volunteer organization!
Our board of directors work very hard to bring arts and culture to Shippensburg. If you would like to ask the board any questions, please send an email to:
If you are interested in getting involved with SHAPE as a board member or as a volunteer, email us at:
Volunteer to watch the gallery! As an all-volunteer arts organization we rely on our members and volunteers to keep our gallery open!
Wednesday to Friday - 5 to 8 pm
Saturday - 11 am to 4 pm
(Split shifts optional Saturdays from 11-1:30 or 1:30-4)
SHAPE Board of Directors
2019 - 2020
Pamela 'Soaring Raven' Nelson
Treasurer & Education Director
Secretary & Marketing Director