Shapemaximize playTriangle

Engaging Culture at Asbury University, April 22-24WILMORE, KY—Ideas matter, especially when powerfully communicated through art, literature, theater, music and cinema. This year’s Engaging Culture Weekend will again emphasize discussions that engage culture with important ideas. If you enjoy stirring music from stage and screen, hilarious theatrical comedy, or the magic of visual storytelling, come think, discuss, learn…experience the Engaging Culture Weekend at Asbury University April 22-24.

The following events and several other seminars and events are scheduled throughout the weekend. More will be listed in the coming weeks.

On April 22, the weekend kicks off with the unveiling of a select group of Asbury University art majors’ works in the Morrison Room of the Asbury Student Center with a reception from 4-6 p.m.

Later that evening, the Asbury University Music Department will present a “Sounds of Stage and Screen” in Hughes Auditorium at 7 p.m.  The concert will feature college ensembles, as more than 150 Asbury student performers unite to present a highly entertaining evening of great music drawn from Broadway, opera, and cinema.  Admission is free.

The Friday, April 23, 10 a.m. Chapel will feature Phil Cooke, president of Cooke Pictures and a partner in Thomas, Winter, Cooke, Inc., as special speaker. Cooke is also well known for his blog  Later, Cooke will present a special forum on film making at 2 p.m. The film director is serving as a judge for this year’s Highbridge Film Festival. A number of other special seminars and workshops will be offered on Friday by other festival judges. Colmon Elridge III will speak on “How I Got into Acting and How it Opened Doors.” Sean McComber will present a forum on Animation for Visual Effects.  All forums will take place in the Kinlaw Library Boardroom.

Friday evening audiences can enjoy Asbury’s theatre and cinema-performance program’s hilarious, farcical comedy “Play On,” in the Doddridge-Holland Theater at 7:30 PM.  Admission is $5.

On Saturday, April 24, the weekend comes to a close with the sixth annual Highbridge Film Festival in Hughes Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Each year, the Highbridge Film Festival features Asbury College students’ films as well as a winning high school entrant’s film. The high school winner receives a $1,000 scholarship to Asbury University. Qualified films selected for festival screening will be included on a special DVD available the night of the festival and shown at the Ichthus Music Festival in June.

Tickets to the film festival are $8 for one ticket and $15 for two. Tickets include admission to the grand reception with the winners, judges and student filmmakers in the Student Center.

Asbury’s Engaging Culture Weekend is made possible through the Lilly Grant, the Huston Grant, the School of Communication Arts, Asbury Student Government and other generous sponsors.