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On this page, we will post information about related events happening in Chester. These are not Boundaries and Bridges events, but are important and related to our goal of bridging the boundaries between Widener University and the City of Chester. 


Check back often to stay updated!

Apr 23, 2017

Widener University Presents A Spring Concert

Featuring students of the Widener Chamber Music Program and the Widener Dance Program. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Kapelski Recital Hall, LC1 (on the corner of 14th and Walnut)

Free and open to the public

Sep 15, 2016

State Street Reading Series

Widener University and the Media Arts Council present the  State Street Reading Series – a recurring literary event at the Media Arts Center & Gallery featuring writers reading their work live to community members. HEar distinguished local writers read and discuss their work in a friendly art gallery setting. Free snacks, BYOB. 

September 15th - Cynthia Dewi Oka & Eleanor Stanford

November 17th - Josh Isard & Rachel Pastan

January 19th - Undergraduate night

March 16th - Carla Spataro & Rahul Mehta

May 18th - Sham-e-Ali Nayeem & Curtis Smith

Media Arts Council Gallery, 609 W. State Street (behing Sterling Pig Brewery)

For more details, click here. 

Sep 07, 2016

Alfred O. Deshong Collection, Widener Art Gallery

At the Widener University Art Gallery, the permanent collection includes the work of 19th century American and European painters as well as 18th and 19th century Asian art from the Alfred O. Deshong collection. Deshong was a wealthy Chester industrialist who acquired his collection at a time when Japanese art and design began to influence the style of Western artists.

For example, the Deshong collection includes American Impressionists Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, and George L. Noyes. The collection also includes photographs and memorabilia that once belonged to the Deshong family.


A few pieces from the permanent collection are displayed throughout the year. In addition, a series of exhibitions of contemporary art is shown September through May.

The gallery is open on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 10:00am - 1:00pm

Address: in University Center, on 14th street between Walnut and Melrose

For directions, click here

Aug 27, 2016

One Day in Chester arts festival

One Day in Chester is an arts related, street festival that will take place on August 27, 2016 from 11-6 p.m. on the 500 block of Avenue of the States, Overtown, Chester.  Property owners are making room for us to have an exciting agenda of rotating events on that day that will highlight all that Chester has to offer in the arts.

Organized by a consortium of Chester-based friends of arts and cultures and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts (the lead on the grant is the NIA Center), this first of what we hope to become an annual event will honor Chester’s rich cultural heritage, highlight the exciting cultural and arts activities currently taking place in Chester, and build excitement and vision for a future in which One Day in Chester will be every day in Chester. 

May 06, 2016

Opening Reception 6-9 p.m., 504 Avenue of the States

Spring Art on the Avenue Art Sale and Show at Art on the Avenue Gallery

When you come to the author's corner on Friday, May 6th, things will be hopping on the Avenue!  You can walk from Author's Corner at Open Mike's just a few doors down to the art show.

May 01, 2016

Widener’s Chamber Music, Dance Troup and Jazz Ensemble in performance

On Sunday, May 1st - Widener's Chamber Music, Dance Troup and Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3:00pm in Kapelski Recital Hall, located on the corner of Walnut and 14th Street. 

Apr 18, 2016

Free Rain Barrel Workshop

WHEN: Monday, April 18, 2016 6:30 PM
WHERE: Widener University, Founders Hall Room 109, Chester, PA 19013


Receive a free recycled barrel and fittings and learn how to build a rain barrel to manage storm water on your property!


Attendees will learn about the problems associated with stormwater runoff, ways to conserve water in their homes, and watershed friendly landscaping techniques. The workshop will also cover the basics of how to construct, install and maintain a rain barrel. After the workshop, participants will be provided with a recycled barrel and fittings to install a rain barrel on their property.


Registration Required
Register online at:
Call: (610) 353-1555 x 232
Online Registration is Preferred


*Rain Barrels limited to 50 per workshop and 1 per household*



Apr 15, 2016

4th Annual Student Art Show & Awards Night

This is our 4th Year celebrating the art talent of our local students in grades K through 12.  Prizes will be awarded in both Elementary and High School levels.


Reception, including food, drinks and entertainment, will be on: April 15th 5 - 8 PM at 


Art on Avenue of the States

504 Avenue of the States

Chester,  PA  19013


Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 PM.


Bring friends and family to celebrate with our talented students!

Apr 07, 2016

Widener University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert

Widener University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert will be on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm in Kapelski Rehearsal Hall and Recital Hall, located on the corner of Walnut and 14th Street

Apr 06, 2016

Night of Sustainable Thinking

On Wednesday, April 6th from 4:00-6:00pm, join us in discussing sustainability in the Chester Community. 


MJ Freed Performing Arts Theater, 515 Avenue of the State, Chester, PA 19013

Apr 04, 2016

Livestreaming the ArtPlace Summit on Creative Placemaking in Phoenix, Arizona—ArtPlace America

Mon, April 4 to Wed, April 6


ArtPlace America presents the annual ArtPlace Summit in Phoenix, Arizona livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at Monday, April 4 to Wednesday, April 6


Check out the website for more details

Mar 16, 2016

Murder Mystery Fundraiser

On Wednesday, March 16th your support is needed to benefit the Arts in Chester as we present our MURDER MYSTERY FUNDRAISER in conjunction with Hedgerow Theatre and the artists of Chester, PA.


Proceeds will help continue the programs and renovations happening in Chester!


Tickets are $20 each. Call 215-586-1325 for tickets. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Hedgerow Theatre is located at: 64 W Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063

Mar 15, 2016

Sustainability Showcase

Widener University will be hosting a Sustainability Showcase on March 15 and 16 in the University Center [on 14th street, between Walnut and Melrose]. 


Click here for more details 

Mar 02, 2016

Speaking of Incarceration

The Blue Hour Lecture Series and Chester Writers House present: "Speaking of Incarceration" 


Featuring Christopher R. W. Murray from Letters to My Younger Self; Jonathan Raheem King; Andrea Zittlau from Rostock, Germany; Richard Tut Carter; Reverend Hilda Campbell, and Jan Mchener from AHHAH, Inc. 


Wednesday, March 2nd 4:00-6:30pm

Open Mike's Internet Cafe, 512 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA

Mar 02, 2016

Poet and Performance Artist Andrea Zittlau

On March 2nd at 12:00pm in the Widener Art Gallery, located within University Center, poet and performance artist Dr. Andrea Zittlau will offer an event showcasing her poetry/performance art.  The event is free and all are welcome.

Dr. Zittlau was the Visiting Professor from Germany here at Widener in the Fall; we're delighted to welcome her back for this event showcasing her creative work.

Andrea Zittlau is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in North American Studies at the University of Rostock. Her doctoral research focused on ethnographic museums and theories of display treating exhibitions as haunting performances. Furthermore, she has worked with and about performance artists such as the group La Pocha Nostra, Erica Mott, and Natalie Brewster Ngyuen. Andrea’s current work deals with nineteenth-century trial reports, psychiatry and theories of disorder and absence. Her publications include the edited volume (with Anna Kerchy) Exploring the Cultural History of Continental European Freakshows and Enfreakment (2012) and the monograph Curious Exotica (Ink on Paper) (2015).

Feb 26, 2016

The Fate of Frank M’Kenna

Widener University's Lone Brick Theatre Company Produces Its First Original Student-Conceived Play, “The Fate of Frank M’Kenna,” written by alumna Autumn Heisler, ’15, and directed by Bridgette Saverine, '16.


The performances will be:

-Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

-Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

-Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. The final performance is followed by a talk back with the cast and author.


All performances take place in Widener’s Alumni Auditorium on Main Campus. Admission is free; donations are accepted.


Check out the article on Widener's website for more information

Mar 01, 2016

Philadelphia Union - Fan Food Contest

This is your opportunity to have a featured menu item at Talen Energy Stadium during the 2016 season. So, get out your favorite ingredients and whip up your best creation. Use any of your preferred ingredients to cook your dish. The top five finalists will be sampled at our viewing party on March 6th. The recipe with the most fan votes after the viewing party WINS! 


With the stadium being located in Chester, we should have a strong presence of Chester resident submissions!


Check out the website for more information

Feb 21, 2016

A Studio Recitial: Featuring Widener Students from the Chamber Music Program

There will be a studio recital on Sunday, February 21st at 3:00pm in Kapelski LC 1. Kapelski is located on the corner of 14th and Walnut Street. See the attached flyer and for further information please call 610-499-4344

Feb 18, 2016

Come and Discover Inventions by Famous African Americans!

Hosted by the Delaware County Family Center, this is an evening you will not want to miss!                                     

Come out to touch, taste and experience inventions we use every day to make our lives easier, safe and fun!


Door Prizes & Snacks Will Be Available! 


This even is taking place on Wed Feb 17th AND Thurs Feb 18th. See the flyer for more details. 

Feb 12, 2016

Art on Avenue of the States: Mardi Gras Celebration

Please join us for a fun filled evening of music and dancing with Jazz Guitarist, John Braceland and Dancer, Sistah Mafalda


Although costumes are not required, prizes will be given for best costume.  


Opening reception, including food, drinks and entertainment, will be on: February 12th 5 - 9 PM at 


Art on Avenue of the States


504 Avenue of the States


Chester,  PA  19013


Back Avenue Gallery Show by Ernie Goldberg "Pigments of the Imagination"


See attached flyer

Feb 08, 2016

Widener University Community Week

The Office of Civic Engagement and the Faculty and Staff Committee are pleased to announce the newly created Community Week, February 8-12, 2016. 


The goals of the week are:


•     Dispel myths and stereotypes about Chester
•     Educate Widener students, faculty and staff about Chester's diverse narratives
•     Encourage engagement with our community and highlight important community projects


There will be a number of events taking place both on Widener's campus and around the city. Check out this PDF file for details!


Feb 06, 2016

Widener’s Lone Brick Theatre Company, Performances of “Getting Out”

THE PERFORMANCES ARE FREE ADMISSION! All performances will be located in the Widener University Alumni Auditorium. Check out the article about these performances on Widener's website


Performance dates and times are below:


Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m


Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m


Monday, Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8:30 p.m. 

Jan 28, 2016

Hedgerow Theatre Company, Performances of "Or,"

Hedgerow Theatre Company presents "Or," from January 28 - February 28


Visit their website for performance dates, times, and to purchase tickets. 

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