We the People: First Friday Initiative

We the People: First Friday Initiative

Information provided by The Ware Center

The “We the People: First Friday Initiative” begins on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 5:30 – 8:00pm, with programming in honor of Women’s History Month. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.


“We The People: First Friday Initiative” is a series of free First Friday performance events curated by a team of local artists representing various Lancaster communities. In honor of the election year, we have taken the title of this program from the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, and its selected events are designed to celebrate the diversity of the people who comprise our American mosaic.


“New Choices…New Beginnings” is a Readers Theater montage of life stories shared by participants in New Choices Career Development, a program of intensive workshops for women intent on overcoming obstacles and changing their lives for the better. Compiled by Lancaster author and playwright Sandy Asher, co-directed by Lydia Brubaker and Joanna Underhill, and co-sponsored by Creative Works of Lancaster, the program is meant to raise awareness of the remarkable transformative effects of these workshops, which have been held at the YWCA, Lancaster Career Link, and Lancaster County Prison. The performance will take place in Steinman Hall at 7:30pm.



Holly Farrell is a recent graduate from Tyler School of Art, at Temple University, where she attained a BFA in Painting. Since then she has completed an Emerging Artist in Residence program in the Printmaking Department at Millersville University. Holly says, “My work is a playful approach on the conventions of femininity, sexuality, gender roles, and how these things are represented within society. Painting under this theme gives me the opportunity to explore and critique social constructions as it relates to the depiction of women today.” Holly’s work will also be featured for ArtWalk in Lancaster over the weekend following First Friday, on Saturday, October 8th from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday, October 9th from 12-4pm.


Dr. Dennis Denenberg will be signing his book “50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet” in the lobby. The proceeds from the sale of his book will be donated to “Diana’s Dreamers,” an organization he founded in honor of his sister Diana and her 18 year battle with cancer. The primary mission of “Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer” is to promote breast health education and awareness on college and university campuses across the United States.


Liz Fulmer, a singer/songwriter, will perform original songs in the Lyet Lobby of the Ware Center. Her autobiographical songs are featured on her album Tall Tales. She has donated original music, written specifically about, and to raise money for, breast cancer awareness and children with learning disabilities.

Liz will sing her song “Fighter” and ask others to join her in The Challenge: Be a Star for Breast Cancer Awareness, to help college-aged women and men learn more about breast cancer – and save their lives and the lives of others. To take The Challenge, you will have the opportunity to sing the 30 second chorus from “Fighter,” post it on You Tube, and then challenge at least three of your friends to do the same – or donate $10.00 to “Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer.”

DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED at the ticket desk for ‘Diana’s Dreamers’ and New Choices Career Development.

TICKETS: All Events are Free.



The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster. Hours, Monday – Friday 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Student Memorial Center, Room 103, Millersville University campus. Hours Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.


Call the box office at 717-871-7600.




Millersville University’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts builds upon a long history of supporting the arts, producing a vast array of unique, educational, and exciting events and performances that touch many genres of artistic endeavors. Within our two centers, The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster, and the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Center on the campus of Millersville University, our office engages both the student and community of Lancaster populations, and brings to its stages creative local artists, as well as renowned artists and performers from around the world. Committed to the ongoing expression of excellence in the arts, the Office of Visual and Performing Arts strives to ensure that the arts in Lancaster County will continue to flourish.


The Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts Season is made possible by support from Season Platinum Partner Rodgers & Associates and Gold Season Sponsors Aussie and The Fox and Hagelgans & Veronis, and Silver Season Sponsors The Hotel Lancaster, 12:34MicroTechnologies, YDOP and Weber Advertising.  This season’s Luminary Donors include Ann Barshinger, John & Susan Garofola, Linda Holman-Marcks, William McIlwaine, Peggy Neff, Mary Kearns & Jon Walker, and Paul & Judy Ware.


Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.