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Palmer Museum to celebrate its annual Community Day on Oct. 12

The Palmer Museum of Art's 2019 Community Day event, titled "Bridging Art and Culture," will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Activities will include gallery talks, tours, music, art-making and refreshments.  Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The public is invited to join staff and volunteers of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for its annual Community Day event. This year’s theme, “Bridging Art and Culture,” invites visitors to come out for a variety of programs that inspire creativity and reflect on the active role of art in shaping culture and change.

The museum’s fall exhibitions explore a diverse array of artists from 19th-century France to the Harlem Renaissance, Bauhaus movement, and more. Programs built around the exhibitions include gallery talks and tours, as well as art-making activities such as a button-making station, a magnetic poetry wall, and a project that examines the relationships between colors. Throughout the day, there also will be a 50% to 75% discount on select items at the Museum Store.

Generous support for Community Day is provided by the collaborative initiative of Art Bridges, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as by the Friends of the Palmer Museum. Friends receive benefits such as invitations to members-only events and receptions and a 10% discount at the Museum Store, and membership provides support for events like Community Day. Information on how to become a Friend of the Palmer Museum will be available throughout the day.

Community Day is open to the public for participants of all ages.

About the Palmer Museum of Art

The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. With a collection of 9,600 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Areas of strength include the museum’s collection of American art from the late 18th century to the present, Old Master paintings, prints and photography, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum presents nine exhibitions each year and, with 11 galleries, a print-study room, a 150-seat auditorium, and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Palmer Museum of Art is the leading cultural resource for the region.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

The Palmer receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and from the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information on the Palmer Museum of Art or for the calendar of upcoming events, visit

About the new University Art Museum at Penn State

Penn State and the Palmer Museum of Art are planning to construct a brand-new University Art Museum located in The Arboretum at Penn State. With nearly twice the exhibition space of the Palmer, new classroom spaces and a teaching gallery, flexible event spaces, and on-site parking, this building would dramatically enhance the museum’s capacity to offer educational and enrichment opportunities for visitors of all ages. It would be integrated with the Arboretum, inspiring collaboration and creating a unique nexus of art, architecture and natural beauty. And like the Palmer Museum of Art before it, it will depend upon visionary philanthropy from the Penn State community. Learn more at

Last Updated October 08, 2019