Welcome to the Monon Center

Monon Center Inc.
The Monon Center, based as a museum, provides inter-generational cultural enrichment serving the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania & neighboring areas of West Virginia. The Monon Center encourages interest, training and educational enrichment in the arts, history, science and culture of the region.
Programming
The Old School House was built around 1904, and throughout is time has seen many changes. But no matter what the changing times have brought, there is a common thread: art, community and preservation. 2014 marks the 4th year that the Monon Center has partnered with the Greene County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer art classes in all five of the county’s camp locations. Last year the 2013 Summer Art Camp Programming served 1,289 children in Greene County; it’s largest outreach effort to date. It also offered a Basket weaving workshop at the Greensboro Farmers Market and a Concrete Leaf Birdfeeder workshop.
Our goal is to continuously improve the summer camp program while seeking new ways to provide services to the rural community. We will do that by integrating a connection to the PA Arts and Humanities standards in each lesson plan, incorporate observational drawing and adding a collaborative art project to be displayed at the Art Blast on the Mon annual Festival on Labor Day Weekend.
Preservation
The Monon Center is more than an educational venue; the Old School House is home to hundreds of artifacts including Greensboro pottery, glass, art, and historical treasures from the Monnonghela region’s rich river history. Moving forward with our archiving process and preserving the building itself are also goals for the organization.

Fall Fun

    This year year the Monon Center was pleased to work with a group of guys who have joined together in a grassroots effort to brighten up the Halloween Holiday here in Greensboro, Pa. Due to inclement weather, the festivities were moved from the Monon Center Lawn to the Greensboro Gazebo.

The Mon River Holiday Committee hosted the 5th annual Halloween Party and this year 80 children of all ages participated in games and contests. The committee would like to thank the community and businesses who supported this year’s event.
Thanks again to the Greene County Department of Parks and Recreation for donating prizes for the Costume Contest; winners were Coal Miner Boy, Scary Princess, and Lego Boy. 
Thanks also go out to the Medicine Mine, “Christy’s Store”, Radio Shack, Greene County Department of Parks and Recreation, Rita Gianfrido, Tom Flynn, Todd Perry, Gordon Keck, Bear Louk, Dan Flickinger, the Greensboro Borough and numerous anonymous donors.

Ways to Pay it Forward This Fall

Doing good things is good for everybody! And, who doesn’t like a surprise!?

Here are a few ways you can make someone’s day:
1. Leave some candy in the break room
2. Sweep your neighbor’s porch
3. Put a jack o’lantern in someone’s yard
4. Give your worn out towels to the Humane Society/SPCA/animal shelter
5. Give your old hats/scarves/coats to a homeless shelter 
6. When you take your donation, offer to take a friend’s/neighbor’s too
7. Smile at strangers
8. Hold the door open for the person behind you
9. Let the other driver merge in front of you
10. Tell some one you like their hat
 Try it out and see how good you feel too!

What is this Monon Center all about?

What is this Monon Center all about? 

The answer comes straight from from it’s bylaws…

Monon Center Inc.
The Monon Center provides an intergenerational cultural enrichment center serving the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania and adjacent areas of West Virginia, encourages interest in the arts, history, and culture, provides training and educational enrichment in the arts, and provides a community center at Greensboro, Pennsylvania.   
Programming
The Old School House was built around 1904, and throughout is time has seen many changes. But no matter what the changing times have brought, there is a common thread: art, community and preservation. 2014 marks the 4th year that the Monon Center has partnered with the Greene County Department of Parks and Recreation to offer art classes in all five of the county’s camp locations. Last year the 2013 Summer Art Camp Programming served 1,289 children in Greene County; it’s largest outreach effort to date. It also offered a Basket weaving workshop at the Greensboro Farmers Market and a Concrete Leaf Birdfeeder workshop.
Our goal is to continuously improve the summer camp program while seeking new ways to provide services to the rural community. We will do that by integrating a connection to the PA Arts and Humanities standards in each lesson plan, incorporate observational drawing and adding a collaborative art project to be displayed at the Art Blast on the Mon annual Festival on Labor Day Weekend.
Preservation
The Monon Center is more than an educational venue; the Old School House is home to hundreds of artifacts including Greensboro pottery, glass, art, and historical treasures from the Monnonghela region’s rich river history. Moving forward with our archiving process and preserving the building itself are also goals for the organization.

Summer 2013

Basket Making 2013

Setting up for Art Blast On The Mon 2013

Summer Day Camp Art Classes

The Monon Center was a major sponsor of the 2011 Art Classes at the Greene County, Pa. Summer Day Camp sponsored by the Greene County Department of Parks and Recreation. Funding was provided by the Forget-Me-Not Fund of the Community Foundation of Greene County, the Monon Center, the Nathanael Greene Historical Foundation, Creative Industries, and Parks and Recreation. 
In 2012 the Monon Center became the primary sponsor of the art classes. Additional funding was provided by the Forget-Me-Not Fund of the Community Foundation of Greene County, and our first corporate sponsor, First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County.
Special thanks are due to Amanda Pochron, the 2012 project manager, and Steve Murdock, the original developer of the summer art classes.