Harrisburg Adds Harmony to the Arts World

TheBurg Podcast

Aug 12 2021 • 51 mins

Powerful poetry, capturing racial injustice: It’s what three Harrisburg women wrote, back in the 1930s, during the Harlem Renaissance. Harrisburg’s connection and contributions to this flowering of African American arts and culture was only recently discovered. Writer Diane McCormick explains how she uncovered this story for TheBurg—and she reads one of their full-length poems.

Children’s voices—virtual and harmonious: Andy Williams of the Harrisburg area connects music students throughout the state as a teacher for the statewide Reach Cyber Charter School. We hear one of his most popular, moving musical montages, showcasing his students. And he explains his take on the pandemic’s educational effects.

Sweet wheels: The childhood thrill of riding a bike is now captured in a mural at the nonprofit Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg. Volunteer and board member Jenifer Donnelly explains why children are at the heart of the organization’s mission—and new mural.

TMHT: And in this month’s “most Harrisburg thing,” editor of TheBurg Lawrance Binda explains why, sometimes less is more.

This month’s backstories:

Harrisburg & Harlem | Sing a Song | Pedal & Paint

TheBurg Podcast is hosted and produced by longtime Harrisburg-area journalist Karen Hendricks. Visit her website here.

Every month, TheBurg Podcast introduces you to some of Harrisburg’s most fascinating people. Their stories start on the pages of TheBurg magazine, and are expanded here on TheBurg Podcast… because “there’s always more to the story.”

DYK? TheBurg Podcast recently received two prestigious awards:

  • First place, Excellence in Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter
  • Honorable mention, Keystone Media Award, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation

Interested in sponsoring TheBurg Podcast? Contact Lauren (lmills@theburgnews.com). TheBurg is a monthly community magazine based in Harrisburg, Pa.; Lawrance Binda, co-publisher/editor.