Palmer Museum Grand Opening and Juneteenth Celebration in Happy Valley

The Penn State College of Art and Architecture celebrated the grand opening of the new Palmer Museum at the Arboretum last weekend. The museum, with twice the capacity of the old site, features 15 permanent galleries showcasing American, African, and Asian art, along with contemporary studio glass, ceramics, European Old Master paintings, sculptures, and paper works. The beautifully designed museum blends seamlessly into the Arboretum, offering culturally and artistically diverse exhibits that provide expanded opportunities for the community.

In addition to the museum opening, Happy Valley is gearing up for Juneteenth celebrations. Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, commemorates the end of slavery and is the oldest African American holiday. State College will host a block party on Saturday, June 15, on Fraser Street and the MLK Plaza from noon to 6 p.m. The event, founded by the State College NAACP, Borough of State College, and other organizations, will also feature a commemorative art exhibition at the Woskob Family Gallery.

Beyond Happy Valley, the New Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “Blues is the Roots, the Willie Dixon Story” is set to be featured at the International Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina this summer. Starring PSU-MFA grad Stori Ayers, the musical showcases the Chicago blues sound developed by Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. Ayers is also making her Broadway debut in the show “Home,” directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

President Biden recently joined world leaders in France to honor the troops who fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, marking the 80th anniversary of the historic event. The sacrifices of these troops continue to resonate as a reminder of the importance of democracy.

As Happy Valley and the broader community come together to celebrate art, culture, and history, the spirit of unity and remembrance shines brightly in these events.