- December 13, 2017
As 2017—and with it my tenure here at the Michener—draws to a close, I extend my thanks to the entire community for your great support. Together, we have accomplished so much in the last five years. And it is my pleasure to ask you—one last time—to help us to achieve our goals for the year with a generous contribution to our Annual Fund.
When I first arrived, the Museum was on the cusp of its twenty-fifth anniversary. We fêted this milestone with the Founders Celebration, beginning a half-decade marked with many high points. The Museum’s façade, exterior lighting and graphic ... Read more...
- November 27, 2017
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- November 22, 2017
Andrew McIntyre, a writer, arts appreciator, and frequent visitor to the Michener, draws inspiration from the work displayed in our galleries and translates his love for art into poetry. He has offered to share his work in the form of a blog post, both to honor the memory of James A. Michener, the Museum’s Pulitzer prize-winning namesake, and to inspire others to express their creativity. Below are three of his poems.
Inspired by “Phillips Mill,” a painting by Morgan Colt, 1912:
To this quiet life,
But as Thoreau had said,
“I went to the woods,
To live deliberately.”
So I sought out
My own ... Read more...
- November 16, 2017
Quakerism, a Christian religion that dates back to England in the 1650s, was the legacy left to Bucks County by William Penn when, after founding Philadelphia, he established Newtown in 1684 and built Pennsbury Manor on the banks of the Delaware River. Penn was a Quaker convert, and the beauty and tranquility of Bucks County lent themselves perfectly to the expression of his religion. “The country life,” he once said, “is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God, but in cities little else but the works of men; the one makes a better subject for our ... Read more...
- September 28, 2017
With Halloween just around the corner and spooky folklore winding its way into our thoughts, the ghosts of Bucks County stir from their slumber and make their way into the urban legends borne of this area’s rich history. Though it opened to the public in 1988, the Michener Art Museum’s own history travels more than a century back in time. Unbeknownst to many of our patrons, the Museum property had its beginnings as an institution of a dramatically different sort, one with a history riddled by violence, imprisonment, and ultimately rumors of a supernatural kind.
Prior to becoming a presence in ... Read more...
- September 19, 2017
“People sometimes stare at me. Sometimes I explain to them about the Parkinson’s. Sometimes I ignore it and just keep on dancing. It is a way of coming to grips with a personal reality, moving through the difficulties, and moving forward.”
Jeff Roberts worked as a boat builder, wrote for a newspaper, and served in the Navy. He takes classes and volunteers at the Michener Museum and has three children and three grandchildren. He’s inspired by his native Bucks County and his meandering career path through education, business, government, and criminal justice. He’s a retired learning disability teacher. He has Parkinson’s ... Read more...
- August 31, 2017
As visitors walk into the Michener Art Museum, they are greeted by large arches and walls made of stone that evoke a haunting sense of the past. Behind sculpture gardens and beautiful exhibits, a weighty history lurks at the Museum. What is now a home and stunning testament to the arts and Bucks County culture was once a symbol of dolor in the town: the Bucks County Jail.
The Bucks County Jail was built in 1884 to replace the former jail on Main Street. While most of the dark and foreboding structure has now been torn down, signs of the past ... Read more...
- June 29, 2017
How important are the arts? To powerful elected officials in Washington, DC, the answer is apparently “Not very.” For the second time this year, we–along with myriad other institutions and individuals–are fighting to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, all of which might be eliminated. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Assistance for Arts Education are also at risk.
Together with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other regional organizations, the Michener is joining the #SaveTheArts movement to maintain federal funding for ... Read more...
- June 26, 2017
We are pleased to announce the second batch of winners of two FREE tickets to see Telly Leung perform at PNC Arts Alive Presents Broadway Cabaret at the Michener on Thursday, July 13!
Mrs. S. Pai
Congratulations to all! Our next drawing will be next Monday (July 3) at noon. If you haven’t already entered the sweepstakes, be sure to do it now! Read more...
- June 19, 2017
We are pleased to announce the first batch of winners of two FREE tickets to see Telly Leung perform at PNC Arts Alive Presents Broadway Cabaret at the Michener on Thursday, July 13!
Maxine Katz Ward
Congratulations to all! Our next drawing will be next Monday (June 26) at noon. If you haven’t already entered the sweepstakes, be sure to do it now!