Young at Art: Going Behind the Cover with Russell Shorto

Online Event

Thursday, March 25, 2021 • 6:00PM-7:30PM • Free, but registration is limited.

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce "Young at Art: Going Behind the Cover with Russell Shorto" to take place Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 6:00PM-7:30PM via Zoom.

About Young at Art

Young at Art is an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council and generously funded by the Community Trust Foundation, specifically geared towards novice artists 55 and older.

Each Young at Art program will focus on a different art medium, and is intended to provide a hands-on, interactive experience for adult beginners. Each program participant will receive a "kit" for the Young at Art workshop, complete with all the basic supplies needed to participate.  Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to discuss, share, and network with other "young" artists. The Young at Art program is designed to encourage creativity, keep minds and bodies active, and to be fun!

About Going Behind the Cover

Enjoy the unique experience of participating in a book club with the author! For our second Young at Art program we will partner with The Book Center in an exploration of best-selling author Russell Shorto’s funny, tender, and dark book, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob, with Shorto himself as guide. Set within his own family—and centered not in a big city but in the once-bustling steel town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania—Shorto’s take on the mafia shows how it was woven into the fabric of everyday life, and deep into the lives of families, in small cities all across the country. In this case, his grandfather and great-uncle ran the rackets, and effectively ran the town.

About the Instructor

Russell Shorto is author of The Island at the Center of the World, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song, and is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Cumberland, MD.


Registration and materials are free, but limited to 30 participants. Registrants should be 55 or older. To register, please contact 301.777.2787 or


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