Founded by Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney, a former broadcast
personality and friend of Neumann University, the Cultural Arts Forum hosts
six seminars each year and an annual fashion show to foster cultural programming
and to enrich the educational experiences at Neumann University and within
the larger community. Proceeds from these events benefit the Dr. Margaret
Mary Kearney Scholarship, which assists nontraditional students who are
pursuing a Neumann degree.
With the exception of the Luncheon and Fashion Show, all seminars are held at 1:30p.m. in the state-of-the-art Fred P. Meagher Theatre, located in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center. Admission for each seminar is $7.00 per person - FREE for Cultural Arts Forum members. Light refreshments will be served in the Life Center immediately following each seminar. For further information, please contact the Office of Cultural Programming at 610-558-5626.
MY FRIEND, JACKIE
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Impersonator: Renee Goodwin
Hear about the experiences that created and molded the woman we came to know as Jackie as seen through the eyes of family friend, Candy Stanton. The scene is the Kennedy Georgetown residence, a week before inauguration, when Jack will take the oath of office to become the President of the United States and Jackie will become First Lady. Jackie is about to become American Royalty, a part of Camelot. But was it really that easy and glamorous, or were there dark secrets and unknown challenges? Come and hear the behind the scenes life of this fascinating American woman, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy–my friend, Jackie.
THE GHOST STORIES AND POETRY READINGS
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Presented by Albert Them
Albert Them will read original ghost stories that are sometimes touching, sometimes terrifying, and have been enjoyed by kindergartners and nonagenarians and anyone who has ever had to cope with a monster under the bed. Listeners will enjoy discovering the idiosyncratic charm of Lansdowne, setting for the stories, and can lighten the tension with Them’s tips on writing and his odd bit of poetry about Robert Frost in his callow youth.
FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON
Saturday, November 3, 2012 • 11:30 A.M.
Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles for women and children as you enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared by the chefs of The Springhaven Club, Wallingford, PA. Be ready to try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Fashions provided by Lady’s Image, Wilmington, DE and a children’s boutique.
FIRST LADIES OF THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 8, 2012
In the words of Margaret Truman, “…the women who occupy the White House and their husbands are a varied, interesting, often enigmatic group. Amid constant comment and relentless glare of the media and public, the first lady’s role has been interpreted colorfully and widely throughout our history.” Join us as we discover what part these women played in the formation of our government, in influencing political decisions and in the formation of social and cultural ideas.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gaslight Productions: Don Kawash & Randy Shupp
This rags to riches duo features Don Kawash, one of the greatest ragtime pianist and bass baritone Randy Shupp. The performance is brimming with holiday season music from Broadway, movies and religious and secular musical traditions. Join Kawash and Shupp as they create a winter wonderland, listen for those Silver Bells and wish for a White Christmas. Just in time to get us in the Christmas spirit!
THE HARP OF IRELAND
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Janet Witman and the Brandywine Harp Orchestra
Celtic Connections is filled with Irish and Scottish traditional and contemporary music played by America’s premier harp orchestra. From slow airs to lilting jigs and foot-stomping reels, their director Janet Witman—a national Scottish harp champion, will delight the audience with this talented and unique ensemble of 11 harpers and singers.
A DAY OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
Monday, March 18, 2013 • 8:30 A.M.
As Easter approaches, come to a day set aside for quiet communion and contemplation. This short retreat will be conducted in an atmosphere of silence to foster personal prayer life. Held at the Franciscan Spiritual Center at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the day promises to be spiritually refreshing and a perfect way to come together with others in peace and harmony. The day includes presentations by Sister Clare D’Auria, reflection time, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and lunch. Cost is $30 and reservations are required. Call 610-558-5626 for details.
COLE PORTER: AMERICA’S MOST SOPHISTICATED SONGWRITER
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Bill Messenger: Music Historian and Pianist
Cole Porter was an American composer and songwriter. His songs have been called some of the most sophisticated and melodic ever written for American theater. Join Bill Messenger for an afternoon of lively music and witty asides and explore the details of Porter’s stranger-than-fiction life. Learn to appreciate the brilliance of Porter’s music and lyrics. Messenger has accompanied many legendary performers, including Lou Rawls, Bill Haley and the Comets and Cass Elliot.
HIGH TEA AND WITH SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT
Sunday, April 14, 2013 • 2:00 P.M.
The Austin Room
Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, PA
Come and enjoy tea, sandwiches and treats in high style while being entertained by selected musicians and vocalists. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite hat!