Friends of the James V. Library plan March book review

Rick Coulter will review “Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses” by Amy Whitaker at the Book Review Luncheon at noon Friday.

“Art Thinking” is an encouraging and practical guide to creativity that illustrates how art and business go together. The author draws upon art, psychology, science, sports, law, business and technology, and applies them to the practical world.

Rick Coulter is a native of Pittsburgh and earned a BFA and MFA at Carnegie Mellon University. Coulter served as a curriculum leader of successful arts, gifted and academic programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During his twenty-five year tenure in Williamsport, the K-12 music program was recognized twelve times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America, and the high school was selected as a Grammy Signature School. Rick is active as an arts advocate, teacher, writer, performer and conductor of the Williamsport Symphony’s Billtown Brass Band.

Coulter said that he was drawn to the book “Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses” because much of his life has been a journey to find balance between his artistic side and the demands of leading and managing arts and academic programs. In this book, he found a kindred soul in Amy Whitaker, a writer with an MFA and MBA, dedicated to fostering an understanding of the interconnectedness of creativity and commerce.

The luncheon will start at noon in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the James V. Brown Library. Those who wish may buy lunch. To reserve lunch, use the online reservation calendar on the library website ( where you will find a prompt for reservations or call Leslie at the Library at 570-326-0536, ext. 134. Reservations should be made by Wednesday. (Please note that you should register only if you wish to reserve lunch.) You may bring your own lunch or simply attend the book review, which will start at 12:30 p.m. Parking is available in the public lot off Market Street, adjacent to the Welch Wing.