This Friday, the Wayne Art Center will host the fourth of its five HomeGrown Lecture Series, this time with Phoenixville native Michael Bacon. Lois Wysocki and Susan Wolf, who were inspired to create the program after working for many years at Radnor High School, started the series, which kicked off last October. HomeGrown is a series of presentations given by renowned Philadelphia-area residents on issues ranging from business to healthcare to the arts.
“We recognized that the community has a wealth of really interesting people who did things that we thought other people would like to hear about,” says Wolf. She was fascinated by a similar series offered at the Kimmel Center, but wanted to provide a more exclusively local angle. As an art and art history teacher at Radnor High School, Wolf was familiar with the Wayne Art Center and the director, Nancy Campbell, agreed to host the project.
This year’s lectures have included Main Line Animal Rescue’s Bill Smith and Alan Greenberger, former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce for Philadelphia.
Bacon, a professionally trained musician, songwriter and composer for film and television, has won an Emmy for his talents. At his lecture, he will offer insights into his successful career.
Success is something he has long been familiar with. His father is famous Philadelphia urban planner Edmund Bacon, his mother, Ruth, was a social activist, and his brother Kevin is an award-winning actor. The musical brothers perform together occasionally in their band The Bacon Brothers.
On Friday, Bacon will also play some of his music and share his methods for song writing, followed by a discussion and a question and answer session.
“It’s a very informal setting,” Wolf says. “We want it to be kind of like these people showed up in your living room, and you invited your neighbors over to hear what these interesting people had to say.”
Tickets for the events are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information visit www.wayneart.org.