Galaxy, established in 1976 as part of Central Intermediate Unit #10 (CIU #10), is the oldest program of its kind in Pennsylvania. It is one of several programs selected to work in a groundbreaking partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to improve the quality of arts in education across the Commonwealth.
There are 29 Intermediate Units (IU’s) in the State, each of which serve designated counties. Each has a name and a number. Galaxy’s CIU #10 serves Centre, Clearfield, and Clinton counties. It is geographically the third largest IU covering a region of more than 3,500 square miles in rural central Pennsylvania.
Financially, Galaxy operates much like a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) program within an education agency. Because CIU #10 is a “free-market” IU that does not receive school district withholdings each year it relies on State subsidies and grants to run mandated programs. Because arts in education programs are not mandated by the State, however, Galaxy works with a group of community volunteers known as the “Galaxy Council for Arts in Education,” to engage in fundraising efforts to offset school costs.
Galaxy serves many of the schools across the three-county region. The majority of school districts in the CIU #10 region are classified by the PA Department of Education as “rural and poor.”
While Galaxy is best known for its services to schools, it also offers services to other community facilities and populations including universities, libraries, and pre-schools and senior groups.