• Youngstown State University’s Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts is offering four virtual sessions to learn more about specific Art programs available. At 6 p.m. on Feb. 8, a session focused on Art Education is scheduled, hosted by faculty members Dr. Lillian Lewis and Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku. In addition, students and families will have the opportunity to meet with current students and recent graduates to ask questions and gain information.

Additional sessions are:

6 p.m. March 16: Interdisciplinary Studio Art

6 p.m. April 13: Sculpture and Ceramics

6 p.m. May 10: Graphic + Interactive Design

Those interested should register at http://ysu.edu/academics/cliffe-college-creative-arts/studio-art-major. A link will be emailed to gain entrance to the sessions.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.

• The McDonough Museum of Art will feature online exhibitions through their social media platforms curated in conjunction with Black History Month. Some of the artists who will be featured are sculptor, El Anatsui; installation artist, Abigail DeVille; painter, Jack Whitten; painter and video artist, Ellen Gallagher; and multi-media artist, Rashid Johnson.

A new artist will be featured each weekday throughout the month of February on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Additional artists can be viewed in the BlackLivesMatter-BlackArtistsMatter slide presentation on the McDonough website.


• The second semester of YSU McDonough Honors Recital performances continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring Lauren Faber, of Greenville, a soprano and second-year graduate student at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, pursuing a master’s degree in Vocal Performance. The virtual perfomance will premiere on the McDonough Museum and Cliff College YouTube channels.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.


• Pulitzer Prize-winner, Du Yun, will host a master class at 4 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 over Zoom, accessible at www.ysu.edu/dana, as part of the third season of the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series for spring semester 2021. All presentations are free and open to the public.

More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.


• The McDonough Museum of Art will screen The Foreigner’s Home throughout the month of February. Foreigner’s Home is a feature length documentary that explores the vision and work of Toni Morrison through an exhibition of the same name that she guest curated for the Louvre in 2006.

Film screenings will take place in-person at the McDonough Museum lecture hall at noon each Wednesday in February (runtime 56 minutes). Seating is limited to 24 with social distancing and masks required.

Private screenings for classes and small groups may be arranged by calling Claudia Berlinski at 330-941-1371.


• The Franklin Fine Arts Council will sponsor Franklin On Ice Showcase on Saturday. This year will be a little different because of the pandemic. There will be no carving onsite and no timed carving competition. However, Sparkling Ice Art by friends from DiMartino Ice will grace Fountain Park! Stroll through the park beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

There will also be a new twist this year with a Signature Soup and Chile Competition. The competition will be held throughout the 1200 block of Liberty at the various restaurants. Tickets will be available at Edward Jones. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be divided amongst the downtown restaurants to help defray costs of materials during this pandemic year. This event is sponsored in cooperation with the Franklin Retail Association.

FOI audiences can also “Warm Up Inside with Indoor Sidewalk Sales” at the downtown retail businesses. Information on all the downtown retail happenings will be available at Edward Jones. Many of our unique stores will have great ideas for gifts for your Valentines. 

Saturday evening enjoy a great meal or take-out at one of the popular downtown restaurants. And do not miss an evening stroll to enjoy the beautiful ice sculptures lit up by our friends from Drayer Electric.

Please wear masks and practice social distancing.

Email: rbeith@franklinpa.gov or call 814.437.1619 ext. 123 for further information.

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