College and University Cultural Arts ProgramsCollege Misericordia annually presents their Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival, featuring entertainers from around the country. College Misericordia also sponsors Theater on the Green performances each summer. Wilkes University presents a variety of music and dance performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions and lectures throughout the school year in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to student and faculty performances, the University sponsors a variety of local, regional and national artists. Wilkes University also sponsors the annual Jazz at Wilkes Series which regularly brings acclaimed jazz musicians to the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. Wilkes Community Conservatory is a division of Wilkes University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Located on campus in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Building, this unique facility houses studios, classrooms, and rehearsal rooms, as well as an extensive music library.
Experiencing the Arts at King’s College provides students and the Luzerne County community with theatre, and visual and performing arts presentations. The Kings Players bring classic and avant garde plays to the stage and are particularly known for their performances of Shakespeare. Cantores Christi Regis presents secular and sacred, contemporary and classical music in two major concerts and smaller recitals to local audiences during the year. Kings also sponsors writers-in-residence and artists-inresidence programs, bringing accomplished writers, poets, artists, and craftpersons on campus to give workshops and lectures. Penn State Hazleton presents a wide variety of cultural arts programs throughout the year in the Commons Building on campus. Penn State University Wilkes-Barre sponsors programs throughout the year under the umbrella of Arts at Hayfield – an annual arts and crafts show in August, a Black Tie Ball in the Hayfield House, and the Hayfield Poetry Festival in April. PSU Wilkes-Barre also offers students, faculty and local community members with a penchant for the stars the opportunity to use the Friedman Observatory. Wyoming Seminary’s Buckingham Arts Center hosts performances by the schools theatre and musical groups, as well as a series of performances by visiting guest artists. The preparatory school’s international summer music festival – known as the Performing Arts Institute (PAI), brings in aspiring young artists from around the country and the world for intensive music training and performance. PAI students present more than 30 public concerts/performances during the 42-day season.