Community Events

Community Events

My Point of View: Selected Photographs by Members of the Chester County Camera Club
Opening Reception

Thursday, January 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Free, advance registration required.

Join us for an opening reception for our latest Henry Gallery exhibit, highlighting a photographer's point of view at a particular moment. A "Community of Photographers," the Chester County Camera Club is comprised of over 150 individuals interested in photography, ranging from seasoned professionals to those beginning their pursuit of the art form.

Sound Pictures: Producing the Beatles with Sir George Martin

Thursday, January 31 – 7:00 p.m.
Book sales/signing following presentation
Free, advance registration required.

Author and professor Dr. Kenneth Womack traces the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin from his formative years in working-class North London, to his service in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, to his years at Parlophone Records, and to his eventual emergence as the most esteemed producer of his age. Illustrated with a host of unpublished photographs, video selections, and sound clips, Dr. Womack brings Sir George’s story vividly to life and addresses the producer’s improbable association with the Beatles.

Kenneth Womack is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles, the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four.

Art and Politics: The Case of Corrado Cagli with Penn State Laureate John Champagne

Thursday, February 21 – 7:00 p.m.
Free, advance registration required.

The problematic and contradictory relationship between the art of Italian painter, sculptor and muralist Corrado Cagli and the fascist government that supported him will be explored in a presentation by Penn State Laureate John Champagne. Champagne, a professor of English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, uses Cagli’s career as a starting point for engaging his audience in a discussion of art and the contemporary resurgence of fascism at home and abroad. “Do artists have a responsibility to politics?” he asks. “What is our obligation to art of the past, and what does history suggest to us about the role art plays in world politics today?”

An annual honor established in 2008, the Penn State Laureate is a faculty member who travels the Commonwealth to bring greater visibility to the arts, humanities and the University, as well as to his or her own work. 

Grease Singalong

Thursday, March 7 – 7:00 p.m.
$10 for adults, children under 10 free. Tickets available online.

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those heads and sing along with Danny and Sandy and the gang. Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as teenage sweethearts, Grease SingaLong is an affectionate ode to high school life in the 1950s featuring an explosion of song and dance that made an indelible impact on popular culture. Bring your own snacks and drinks; alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

The event is sponsored by the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society and proceeds benefit the Penn State Great Valley Emergency Student Fund.

Mountainfilm on Tour

Thursday, April 11 – 7:00 p.m.
$11, tickets available online.

Mountainfilm on Tour — a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed documentaries — returns to Penn State Great Valley. The series of award-winning films explore different cultures while preserving environments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the films begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Bring your own snacks and drinks; alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

The event is sponsored by the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society. Proceeds benefit the campus' arts and culture community event series.

*PLEASE NOTE: For events marked  "full," there may be no-shows on the evening of the event and seats may become available to people on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee those without a ticket will be able to attend the event.