Why We Create

The Arts

Ursinus-educated artists inspire, teach and effect social change through the arts. The arts at Ursinus reflect the heart of the Common Intellectual Experience: cultivating the skills to question, to challenge, and to provoke thought.

This past year, the Theater and Dance Department collaborated with the Music Department to present the College’s first largescale Broadway musical, Wonderful Town. The Music Department also made College history when John French, holder of the Heefner Chair of Music, conducted Handel’s Messiah for the 35th year, surpassing the previous conductor’s record. The Berman Museum of Art celebrated a significant gift when Nancy Berman and The Berman Foundation—the legacy of founding philanthropists Philip and Muriel Berman—gave a gift of more than 1,300 works of art worth several million dollars. Showcasing that art, the exhibition “A to Z: Highlighting the Berman Collection,” allowed student curators to present art in alphabetical order by the artist’s last name, an unconventional strategy designed to foster new ideas and unexpected connecti
ons. 

For more information on the Berman Museum of Art and the recent Berman Foundation gift, see special video: www.ursinus.edu/berman