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College offers full slate of virtual events for fall 2020

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities that allow you to stay connected to the college, Penn State and the arts and design cultural offerings you know and love. Check this page frequently for updates, as well as the college calendar at

Center for the Performing Arts
The Center for the Performing Arts is offering a free series of streaming presentations, “Up Close and Personal,” during fall 2020. The center hopes to present a limited number of performances at Eisenhower Auditorium during spring semester 2021. The schedule for spring presentations will be released later this year. On-sale dates for tickets will also be announced at that time. For more information, see CPA’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Palmer Museum of Art
The Palmer Museum of Art has decided to delay its reopening to the public and will reopen its doors in early January 2021. The museum will continue its robust virtual programming and online content while using the extended closure to address critical needs of the facility and collection. Visit the museum’s website and click on “Education” and “Events” on the menu bar at the top to access virtual events and other content.

School of Music
The School of Music is presenting a live-streamed solo faculty recital series, “Together, Alone,” throughout the fall 2020 semester. All concerts are 30 minutes and take place Mondays at 7:30 p.m.  The idea for the “Together, Alone” series arose from a discussion regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on musicians everywhere. For more information, visit the series’ website.

Most other School of Music events are being offered virtually this fall. Visit the College of Arts and Architecture’s calendar for event listings.

School of Theatre
In fall 2020, Penn State Centre Stage Virtual is dedicating its programming to examining and exploring racial injustice with three projects: a student-created work, a unique cabaret performance and a workshop of a new performance piece that looks deeply at a local tragedy. All events are free and can be viewed at beginning on their first date of performance.

The first production, “The Black Boy Who Thought He Had It All,” by B.F.A. Acting senior Jalen Martin, premieres Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. The play examines and amplifies the race relations and tensions within a predominantly white institution.

Next is “The Osaze Project,” devised and directed by professor emeritus Charles Dumas. “The Osaze Project” is a theatrical workshop that explores the incidents that led up to the fatal police shooting of Osaze Osagie and the ongoing community response. It will result in an online production featuring School of Theatre students and actors from the community. The project premieres Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

The fall season will close with the “Cabaret of Many Colors,” directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and music directed by Delores Duran-Cefalu. The cabaret will feature musical theatre performances, new work, solo songs, spoken word and dance. It will premiere Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.

Penn State Centre Stage Virtual is offered free to the public and was created to support Penn State students during this difficult time. Please consider a donation to the School of Theatre Fund, which offers financial assistance to help offset the needs of students in the School of Theatre who are adversely impacted and in need of emergency assistance.

School of Visual Arts
The School of Visual Arts is offering its Anderson Endowment Lecture Series virtually this fall. Click here for details. Please note pre-registration is required for all lectures.

Stuckeman School
The Stuckeman School has moved its lecture series to the virtual environment for fall 2020. A full schedule with dates and times of each lecture can be found here. Please note pre-registration is required for all lectures.

“Movers, Shakers, Designers, Makers” Interview Series
In summer 2020, the college launched a new series of interviews with alumni from across the arts and design disciplines. The first installment featured social media entrepreneur and Theatre alum Mike Karns, while the second featured Architecture alumna Samantha Josaphat.

Sustainability Teaching Roundtable Series
The Sustainability Teaching Roundtable Series, which kicked off Oct. 6, is organized by Mihyun Kang, a research professor and assistant director for sustainability in the College of Arts and Architecture, and Peter Buck, an academic program manager at the Sustainability Institute. A wide range of topics concerning sustainability, curricular planning and engagement across the college’s academic units will be addressed through the series, which will take place throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Click here for details.

Sustainability Symposium to Take Place Oct. 19-21
The College of Arts and Architecture will host a virtual Sustainability Symposium, Oct. 19–21, which will highlight, connect and amplify the sustainability research within the College of Arts and Architecture to foster collaboration with the Penn State sustainability research community and beyond. The keynote speaker is Julian Chambliss, professor of English at Michigan State University, whose research, teaching and writing explore how perceptions shape policy and action creating our collective urban experience. Click here for details.