Art in the Park: Summer Institute Art Camp, The Institute

Art in the Park: Summer Institute Art Camp, The Institute

Monday through Friday, July 18th – 22nd * 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Age: Kids completing grades K – 6
Maximum enrollment: 30
Art Show open to artists and family at 3:00 on July 22
Registration is open. Sign up Here.  Registration deadline: Monday, July 11
Pine Hill Recreation Area
A one-week art immersion program designed to inspire students to creative expression through visual art.
In an outdoor park setting surrounded by nature, students spend a full week exploring and creating with a variety of mediums and techniques like drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, fiber arts and collage.
The plan is for each student to create two artworks every day! 
Students will be divided into two age groups.
With guidance from professional art educators, each student will complete one project in the morning and another in the afternoon, with a lunch break in between. 
Working with a wide range of mediums, students will develop and build upon their pre-existing skills to create new artworks.
An Art Show on the last day, July 22nd at 3:00 PM allows students to share their work with their families. 
We will provide two snacks a day and have two short recess breaks in the morning and afternoon as well.
Please send a packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray with students each day. 
About the instructors:
• Camp Director Liz Ditch is an award-winning art educator who has taught elementary art for 15 years. She teaches at Rockland Woods Elementary in Washington Co., Md. 
• Assistant Director Rachel Barnhart is an art teacher at Emma K. Doub Elementary in Hagerstown. 
• Art Educator Intern Lexi Shockey is currently enrolled in art education at Shippensburg University. 
Franklin County Historical Society Announces African American Exhibit

Franklin County Historical Society Announces African American Exhibit

The Franklin County Historical Society is excited to announce a new temporary exhibit, “This is Their Story: African American Community History of Chambersburg”, curated by Shippensburg University student Madison Groninger.
The exhibit focuses on local Black veterans and outstanding women and their oral histories.
The exhibit is based on the book, “An All American Town: An Oral History of the African American Community of Franklin County, PA” by historian C. Bernard Ruffin III.
The exhibit may be viewed at The Franklin County Historical Society, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
It will be on display until August 31, 2022.
The Society can be contacted at 717-264-1667 or
This exhibit is free and open to the public.


Luhrs Center Presents Forever Motown

Luhrs Center Presents Forever Motown

On Saturday, June 4, enjoy seeing the greatest Motown groups of all time, all on stage together again! That’s Forever Motown, and it’s so good for the soul. Hitsville churned out all the No. 1 hits back in the 60’s and 70’s…and this show celebrates the best of the best from Berry Gordy’s Detroit hit-making factory. A fabulous cast, backed by a band of incredible musicians, represents Motown royalty-performing the beloved songs from the greatest groups, artists, and songwriters of all time: The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, and Stevie Wonder. Tickets are $0, $35, $30 abd $20. Purchase here. Show begins at 7:30 PM.

“Clearly the best Motown Review to date”, raved CBS News; “Captures the essence of America’s own music in an evening of sheer fun, “ wrote the Washington Post. “Bring your dancing shoes, and bring the whole family. This is a show for everyone,“ exclaimed the Entertainment Review. Sing, dance and celebrate the music of your life to songs like “My Girl”, “I Heard It On The Grapevine,“ “Reach Out,” “Shop Around,” “Dancin’ In The Street,“ “Stop, In The Name Of Love,” “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” and “Uptight”-nearly thirty nonstop hits in all!

The Luhrs Center is a premier facility and is unmatched between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Harrisonburg, Virginia. When the Center opened to the public in January 2006, Shippensburg became perfectly positioned to build upon its tradition of attracting national touring companies and nationally known performers and speakers. The Center currently attracts symphony orchestras, dance companies, and four-star performers.

Climate Action Series #3: Schools – Where Ideas Take Root

Climate Action Series #3: Schools – Where Ideas Take Root

Date: February 2, 2021
Location: TBD
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Registration coming soon.
Climate Change prevention and mitigation practices already being implemented at Shippensburg University and Dickinson College will be used to understand how other schools and academic institutions can undertake similar initiatives.
Speakers: to be determined.
Event leads: Dickinson College and Shippensburg University.
New Shows On Sale at Luhrs Performing Arts Center

New Shows On Sale at Luhrs Performing Arts Center

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces the addition of 15 new events to the 2018-2019 lineup. Tickets to the new events go on sale to the public on Monday, August 27 at 10 am. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more for most events. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or purchase online at

The new events include:
Ballroom Dance Lessons – Mondays, October 15, 22 & 29; November 5, 12 & 19, 2018, 5:30 & 6:30 pm
$35 per person for the six-class course

Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels – Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 7:30 pm; $49, $39 & $29

The Sound of Music – Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30 pm; $75, $65 & $55

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna – Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm; $49, $39 & $29

Mnozil Brass: Cirque – Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:30 pm; $35, $25 & $20

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater – Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1:00 & 4:00 pm; $45, $35 & $25

The Temptations and The Four Tops – Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 pm $85, $75 & $65

The Irish Tenors – Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:30 pm; $55, $45 & $35

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:30 pm;  $45 & $35

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ; $45, $25 & $15

In The Mood: 25th Silver Celebration Tour – Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm  $32 & $25

Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala – Friday, April 5, 2019, 6:00-7:30 pm;Donation of $500+ per couple

*Kinky Boots – Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:00 pm; $75, $65 & $55

*Rock of Ages: 10th Anniversary Tour – Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm; $75, $65 & $55

The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters – Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 pm; $45 & $35

*New this year, the Luhrs Center is offering a Broadway Series package.  Purchase the entire Broadway Series (including The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots and Rock of Ages) and receive a 15% discount on your purchase.

Performance descriptions, along with photos, videos and more, can be found at

For additional information about these events or other performances within the 2018-2019 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.