Arts & Culture

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Beloved Music and Theatre Teacher Now Offering Summer Classes!

In the summer of 2022, Leah Mueller, a State College local and former State College Area School District performing arts teacher, purchased the local musical theatre training studio Singing Onstage. While the match was a great fit, the timing wasn’t perfect. Mueller was about to start her last year as a graduate student in Indiana University’s MFA in Acting program. Upon her graduation from the program in May 2023, Mueller will be returning to State College to begin teaching at Singing Onstage full-time.

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R. Thomas Berner: I gladly moved back to Happy Valley

R. Thomas Berner is co-author of “We Had Ink in Our Blood,” a retrospective on newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, but to be fair, he carries a good bit of Pennsylvania dirt in those veins too. He can trace his Pennsylvania roots back to 1733, and his Happy Valley ties to college days in 1968. After a stint in New Mexico, he says he and his wife moved back, gladly. Here’s why.

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Visit the Palmer Museum of Art this holiday season!

Shopping for holiday gifts? Come to the Palmer Museum store! Holiday merchandise is 50% off and increasing to 75% off on Tuesday, December 13! Also, check out the soon-to-close exhibits, Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty and The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts, before December 18!

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Casting Crowns Extends Successful ‘Healer’ Tour Into 2023 With Additional 33 Cities Featuring Special Guests

Following a hugely successful touring season in 2022, performing in front of more than 300,000 people in 80+ tour markets, GRAMMY® winning multi-platinum group Casting Crowns has announced plans to extend The Healer Tour to 33 more U.S. cities in the spring of 2023. Presented by Compassion International, the Spring 2023 Healer Tour will visit the Bryce Jordan Center Friday, April 7. The spring leg of the tour features special guests We Are Messengers and Ben Fuller.

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The Arts in Happy Valley

Don't let the pride in Penn State sports fool you--Happy Valley also boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, thanks to university-based resources and a local culture that promotes creativity and appreciates and fosters talent in arts. The area is a regular stopping point for major acts, including musicians, comedians and production tours thanks to local venues on campus and in the community.

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