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Good Times Can Still Be Had in Hard Times

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 4, 2009

Today's dire economy is no reason to miss out on cultural events.

On March 1, the New Hampshire Youth Band and the UNH Concert Band gave a free concert at the Johnson Theatre.

Now through the rest of the month, “Drawing the Line,” a display of printmakers from Northern Ireland, is showing at the Museum of Art, where all exhibitions and programs are open to the public free of charge.

On Saturday, March 7, printmaker and art professor Scott Schnepf will discuss the exhibition and give a behind-the-scenes studio look at the art of printmaking. Also free.

And, on March 23, the Brown Bag Lunch Film Series will present Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” in room A204 of the museum. That, too, is free.

In fact, if you check out the new Web site for the Paul Creative Arts Center (http://www.unh.edu/pcac/), you’ll find that among the art, theater and music departments, there is something free going on around campus almost every day of the week.

Which means that today’s dire economy is no reason to miss out on cultural events.

The new Web site offers, at a glance, all the activities being presented by the three departments per month throughout the year. It also provides ticket information, mailing list and E-news sign-ups, and directions.  

“We at the Museum of Art join with our colleagues in the Paul Creative Arts Center to celebrate the launch of the PCAC Web site. Now people are just a click away from learning all that goes on – and there’s a lot – here at the PCAC,” says Wes LaFountain, interim director of the Museum of Art. “The new site is a great resource that represents a lot of hard work to pull off for an inquiring public.”

The Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC) is home to the 688-seat Johnson Theater and the flexible-seating Hennessey Theater, known as a black box theater because of its simple unadorned space. It can accommodate about 150 people. Both theatrical and musical performances are held at the theaters.

PCAC also houses the 4,500-square-foot Museum of Art, with its changing exhibitions, lectures, readings, musical performances and receptions. The permanent collection includes more than 1,500 historical and modern works by American, European, and other artists from diverse cultures.

The museum is open from September to May, Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Fridays, university holidays, and during exhibition changes.

Last year, more than 7,000 people visited the museum and more of them were not students or employees of the university than in the past. 


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