Arts and Culture is Key, says First Lady

In her role as Chairman, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, First Lady of the Commonwealth Susan Corbett visited the Michener Art Museum March 7. Following a tour with Director/CEO Bruce Katsiff, Corbett met with members of the press in the museum’s soon-to-be completed Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion. She admired the “adaptive reuse of a historic building into an exciting, vibrant, gorgeous museum. I love the idea behind this museum, that it features Bucks County artists.

“This museum is very forward thinking in generating revenue to maintain its programs and its collections,” she added, and spoke enthusiastically about the importance of arts in education. “Arts in education is so key in a well-rounded child. There are countless studies of what studying arts does, and the connection between arts and math and science and music.”

The First Lady recounted an experience in which she and a friend packed their five small children into a van one summer, visiting the arts and culture sites throughout the state to write a book. The book was never finished, but it infused the children with a healthy dose of arts and culture.

Following her visit to the Michener, Corbett crossed the street to visit the Mercer Museum,  and then Washington Crossing Park.


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