The Misericordia University Class of 2017 will host a two-day Arts Festival for the community on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 on campus. The schedule includes painting, music, poetry and philosophy events, with special hands-on programs for children, plus a Food Truck Fair and local product samplings.

The events begin with a Misericordia University talent show on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater. Following the free talent show, a wine and painting session will be offered at 9 p.m. in 216-219 Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The fee of $10 includes painting canvas and art supplies.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Arts Festival will run from 2-10 p.m. The admission fee is $7 for the public; $5 for students and senior citizens; and free for children under 5. From 2-4 p.m., there will be a product sampling session of foods from local vendors in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center. From 2-6 p.m., there will be a food truck Fair on the lawn of the Banks Student Life Center, offering a variety of food truck items available for purchase.

An art exhibition featuring numerous local artists will be held from 2:30-8 p.m. in Rooms 216-218 Insalaco Hall, with a silent auction of some of the works from 4-6 p.m. Art work from students at Coughlin, Wyoming Area, Wyoming Valley West, Lake Lehman and Dallas high schools will be included. An arts-and-crafts-for-kids session will be held from 3-4 p.m. in Room 4 Insalaco Hall.

A paint with a passion for those who want to try their hand at painting will be held at 5 p.m. in Rooms 216-219 Insalaco Hall.

The Misericordia University Department of English will host a poetry slam in the Shakespeare Garden at 4 p.m. The Living Philosophy Project and the Department of Philosophy will present the program, "Food for Thought," on the meaning of life as depicted through art at 6 p.m. in Room 19 Insalaco Hall.

The festival will conclude with a talent show by local musical artists beginning at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

A portion of the proceeds of the Arts Festival will go towards the Class of 2017 class gift.

The events are being held in conjunction with Giving Day at Misericordia University and the MURoar924 campaign, an effort in which Misericordia is celebrating its founding on Sept. 24, 1924 by asking for 924 donors to the Misericordia Fund annual campaign. The giving period runs from July 1 through midnight Sept. 24. Gifts made to Misericordia University during the MURoar924 campaign will support student scholarships and help cover the cost of spring break service trips, the maintenance of sporting venues, visits from world-class scholars and performers, and state-of-the-art facility upgrades. The community, along with students, staff, faculty and alumni, is invited to participate.

Information on the Class of 2017 Arts Festival and MURoar924 can be found at www.MURoar924.com.

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