Founded by Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney, a former broadcast
personality and friend of Neumann University, the Cultural Arts Forum hosts six lectures each year and an annual high tea and fashion show to foster cultural programming and enrich the educational experiences of the University and the larger community. Proceeds from these events benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney student scholarship which assists non-traditional students.
Unless noted, all seminars are held at 1:30 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Fred P. Meagher Theatre, located in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University. The Bruder Life Center and Meagher Theatre are handicapped accessible. Admission for seminars is $10 and is free for Cultural Arts Forum members. Immediately following the seminar, attendees will enjoy an afternoon treat in the Bruder Life Center.
All seminars are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre, in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center, unless noted. Admission is $10 per person per seminar or FREE with $40 CAF membership. To become a member, complete the form within the Cultural Arts Forum Brochure.
The Duo: Old School Jazz & Blues
Performed by Demetria Bailey & Skip Barthold
Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
The Duo features the smooth stylings of singer/actress Demetria Joyce Bailey and guitarist/songwriter Skip Barthold. Embracing old school Jazz and Blues tunes by artists like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Demetria is praised for her lustrous voice and light-hearted reverence. A professional who has performed throughout the U.S., the Philippines and Japan, Demetria served as music director for two seasons of Gimme the Mic Philadelphia and won an Emmy Award for best live performance. With the virtuosic stylings of Skip added to the mix, this duo is truly unstoppable!
The One and Only Mark Twain
Portrayed by Tom Teti
Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
Following the success of Tom’s recent Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers, he continues to tour the region as “The Man in the White Suit.”
As Mr. Twain, Tom will share some of Twain’s beloved writings, such as, Life on the Mississippi, Taming the Bicycle, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Come and enjoy this wonderful performance as he captures the essence of Twain’s intellect and sense of adventure.
Special Event: Author's Corner
Eleanor Roosevelt: The Arc of Her Journey (Part 1)
Featuring Ann Atkins, Author
Part 1: Friday, October 21, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
Part 2: Friday, November 18, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
This intimate review of Eleanor’s journey reveals the stories of rising above a broken childhood to living a life that dared to challenge injustice and shake the status quo of society. First lady for 13 years, Eleanor redefines and expands this role to a position of power. Using her influence, she champions for Jews, African American and women. Mrs. Roosevelt spent a great part of her life helping the American people open their eyes to blind spots and to have the courage to change. Author Ann Atkins’ writing and presentations bridge history to her audience while providing encouragement and enlightened ideas to inspire their own life.
Cost: Free will donation
Fashion Show & Luncheon
Penn Oaks Golf Club
West Chester, PA
Saturday, November 5, 2016 • 11:30 a.m.
Relax and enjoy the view of the latest styles as you enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared by the chefs of Penn Oaks Golf Club (West Chester, PA). Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Women’s fashions provided by Claire’s Fashions of Wilmington, Loft of Springfield, and children’s fashions by local establishments.
Female Spies of World War II
Presented by Alisa Dupuy
Thursday, November 10, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
Meet Vera Atkins, spymaster during WWII, as she regales you with stories of American female spies. Singers, tennis players and tomboys, they came from many walks of life to assist their country during a most difficult time. Learn about Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native, considered by the Gestapo as the “most dangerous of all American Spies.” Alisa is the owner of “The The Ladies of History” Historical Productions, a company that creates historical characters that come alive to teach in a fun-filled environment.
A Comic Christmas Carol - (A Participatory Endeavor)
Performed by Christopher Davis
Thursday, December 8, 2016 • 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy your favorite Christmas program as Chris, an actor, author and comedian, adds some comic relief to this well know Christmas classic. Tiny Tim retells the story of his Uncle Scrooge’s redemption from greed and misanthropy. Unlike any version of A Christmas Carol you’ve ever seen, audience volunteers take an integral part of the performance, playing all three Spirits, Marley, Belle and even Scrooge. The performance is a perfect way to get into the holiday season. In an effort to put his degree in Philosophy from Villanova University to the best use, Chris has been entertaining and educating audiences of all ages since 1988.
Belfast Connection: An Irish Folk Celebration
Thursday, March 9, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.
Belfast Connection infuses their performances with energy as they tell the story of Ireland and her people, while performing a wide collection of well-known Irish pub songs and ballads that invite you to sing along. As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, come listen to the sounds of Frank Reed, Charles Kadyk, and Damian Larkin. Their passion for Irish culture and music and professional style will have you dancing in the aisles.
A Day of Spiritual Renewal
Monday, March 13, 2017 • 8:30 a.m.
As Easter approaches, come to a day reserved 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. Reservations are required. Call 610-558-5626 for details.
Meet Harriet Tubman
Portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century
Thursday, April 13, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.
Born a slave on a Maryland plantation, Harriet Tubman’s indomitable spirit could not be broken despite all her suffering. Working with the Underground Railroad, her passion was freeing slaves. A Union spy during the Civil War and a nurse, Harriet worked for humanitarian causes including women’s suffrage after the war. Dr. Daisy Century considers Harriet Tubman her role model, someone who encouraged her to put others first and lead by example. During the railroad days, Harriet claimed, “I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” Dr. Century’s portrayal of Harriet Tubman gladly takes you along for a ride!
The Austin Room • Lia’s Catering
Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, PA
Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, and special desserts while enjoying the music of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite hat!
An Afternoon with Frank Sinatra & Friends
with Jack Giampalmi and The Brass Tacks
Orchestra (17 pieces)
Sunday, May 21, 2017 • 2:00 p.m.
Come to an afternoon filled with classic songs from The American Song Book made famous by Frank Sinatra and other great American performers. Jack is a local vocalist who performs with The Brass Tacks Orchestra. He has performed for crowds as large as 10,000 people in clubs, private parties, community parks, and arts centers throughout the tri-state area. Enjoy a reception following the performance.