Supporting artistic education since 2013


Capital Region Arts & Education


Supporting Excellence in Regional Artistic Education

CRAE was specifically formed to provide sustainable funding and financial support to CASA and its efforts to achieve its mission. CRAE's Board of Directors has worked with the local communities, foundations, corporations and individual donors to provide the types of financial resources necessary to sustain CASA's important work in the education of its students.

I loved getting a quality education while pursing my passion for dance and attending a school with fewer students. I love the fact that we use “the city” as our classroom sometimes. The staff and teachers love their work and it shows.
— Senior 2017


Letter from the Chair

To complete its mission, Capital Region Arts and Education (CRAE) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the operations of the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) Charter School and raises awareness as to the importance of CASA in arts education and academic excellence in the Greater Harrisburg region.

The Board of Directors of CRAE is proud of its association with CASA during the school’s formative years, and in 2018 celebrated the five year charter renewal allowing our school to continue offering exceptional arts and academics education to its students. In addition to celebrating our charter renewal, CRAE had the opportunity to honor Ms. Lois Lehrman Grass and Dr. Glenn Zehner for their incredible dedication to CASA’s mission and success. Without their passion, persistence, and substantial contributions of time, talent and resources, CASA would not have been established and would not be thriving as it is today. 

CRAE board members dedicate countless hours to making sure CASA students have the very best in available resources to achieve their goals and receive the very best education possible. This work includes soliciting grants, seeking financial sponsorships and donations from local companies and individuals, and educating other community organizations and the general public about CASA.  Through these efforts, CRAE seeks to better connect the mission of CASA to the cultural growth of our communities and the economic importance of the arts in our region.  Your support of CRAE makes an enormous difference in the lives of our young people, the vitality of arts in Central Pennsylvania, and the economic growth that benefits all of us.  

David Skerpon
Chair, Board of Directors                      
Capital Region Arts & Education